The Marlboro and Colts Neck Post Offices are no longer homes to mail carriers, as distribution efforts are now merged with the United States Postal Service Freehold Township location.
Standard customer services, such as stamps, drop-off and pick-up, remain the same in both Marlboro and Colts Neck but mail carriers now begin and end their days in Freehold.
"If you normally received your mail at 10 a.m., you might receive it at 10:15 a.m. because the carrier has to travel a little further," said Ray Daiutolo SR, APR at Corporate Communications for USPS.
"These are areas where we can control some costs. We have been doing this fairly regularly now for the last year."
Daiutolo said customers shouldn't notice any difference, and were not notified because the change only impacts the back-end of operations. Daiutolo said the Freehold location simply had room to spare for the merge.
Customers in either township who previously noticed sporadic mail may have been impacted by the storm, Daiutolo said. The merge occurred toward the end of October, just before Hurricane Sandy.
"I understand that these complications have abated and operations are returning to normal."
In November, the USPS announced a $15.9 million loss for this fiscal year. Carrier merges allow locations to become more efficient and cost effective, saving money on separate tractor trailer deliveries across the country.
"Our goal is to keep mail relevant, affordable, and growing," Daiutolo said.
The Morganville Post Office carriers have reported to Englishtown since 2011. The Wickatunk office does not have a carrier operation.