Sun partners with USPS
Published 12:31 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Same-day mail distribution begins today; Saturday edition returns
The Winchester Sun’s subscribers will now get their local news delivered right to their mailboxes.
“We are proud to partner with the United States Postal Service for delivery,” Mike Caldwell, publisher of the Sun, said. “This will allow us seamless same-day delivery directly into our customers’ mailboxes. So, whenever subscribers get their mail, they will receive that day’s edition of the Sun.
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“The postal service is the most efficient way to deliver the newspaper because they are already stopping at every household in Winchester and Clark County. This change will allow us to better serve our customers, maximize our investment in more local news coverage for the community and utilize a valuable tool to grow readership.”
Mail delivery began with today’s edition.
“We appreciate all our newspaper carriers and those who have helped provide this service over the years,” Caldwell said. “We are working with each of them to make it a smooth transition for all involved.”
The Sun, a longtime afternoon daily newspaper, will also now be in grocery stores, convenience markets and gas stations by 8 a.m. each day, or whenever the business opens.
The Sun will also begin returning newspaper vending machines to high-traffic areas in the community over the next 30 days, and those will be filled by 8 a.m. as well.
This combination should allow customers to get their Sun quite a bit earlier and provide our advertisers with measurable data when it comes to assurances their message is reaching thousands of readers each day in a very consistent manner, Caldwell said.
Readers will also get a jump on sales and making their shopping plans as the Sun’s Sunday edition has been converted to a weekend edition that will be delivered on Saturday, returning the newspaper to its longtime tradition that was abandoned a few years ago.
“We appreciate all of our readers and we will continue to place the highest priority on customer service and satisfaction,” Caldwell said. “We are committed to offering the very best in fair and accurate local news coverage. These changes will only enhance our determination to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of our community.”
Frequently Asked Question
Why did The Winchester Sun change from newspaper carriers to the United States Postal Service?
The postal service gives us the best option to deliver the daily newspaper in the most timely and cost-effective method. It allows guaranteed delivery each and every day and allows us to put more resources toward providing the best possible local news coverage.
When will I receive my newspaper?
You will receive the newspaper with your normal mail delivery.
Will it cost more?
No, our subscription rates have not changed.
What if I do not receive my newspaper or do not receive it the same day?
Please contact the newspaper office first. We will check the status of your account before contacting the post office and working to get you that day’s paper.
Will there be any change in news coverage or items in the newspaper?
Our deadlines have changed and Saturday events will appear in the Monday edition. Our goal is to provide the most up-to-date news possible for Winchester and Clark County, through our print and digital products. This change will allow us to focus more time and resources on presenting complete and comprehensive news reporting for the community.
Why the change from Sunday to Saturday delivery?
A: We made the change to a Saturday delivered Weekend edition because the post office doesn’t deliver on Sundays and to return to the Sun’s roots of a Saturday paper.
How will holidays affect newspaper delivery?
There are 10 postal holidays we will not be producing a newspaper: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only four of those are new and we will provide news via our digital products.
Will I still be able to buy The Winchester Sun in stores?
Yes, we have a host of gas stations, grocery stores and others vendors that carry the Sun, and now you will be able to pick up a copy by 8 a.m. each day. We will also begin putting out newspaper vending machines over the next 30 days to create more venues for customers to purchase single copies.
Can I put my subscription on vacation hold or stop?
Yes, if you would like to stop your newspaper delivery while you are on vacation, please contact the newspaper. If you would like to put your newspaper on vacation hold (where you will receive the back issues of the papers), then you will need to contact the post office.
Will my newspaper be delivered to my post office box?
Yes, just like your regular mail each day.
What will happen to the newspaper carriers?
All have been provided a package that goes above and beyond the terms of their contracts.
Who can I contact with questions or issues?
Please call our customer service team at 744-3123.