June 10, 2015

Columbia Daily Tribune

The Moberly Monitor-Index, a Monday through Friday newspaper in Moberly, Missouri, will switch from newspaper carriers to delivery via the U.S. Postal Service in July. Rudi Keller wrote about the switch for the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune.

The Monitor-Index joins a growing number of small dailies that are using postal delivery as a cost-cutting measure, said Max Heath, postal chairman for the National Newspaper Association.

Per-copy delivery prices have spiked in recent years because of increased gas prices and a reduced subscriber base, Heath said. Costs for mailing newspapers have slowly risen and have mirrored inflation, partially because of postal price controls, he said.

The cost of postal delivery can be half the cost of using carriers who drive a delivery route, he said.

The Monitor-Index shared the news on Tuesday on Facebook.

Screen shot, Facebook

Screen shot, Facebook

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