Postal service started sending all our mail out of town then it comes back to our city. This started a couple of years ago. What used to take one day to get somewhere now takes three. Progress.Hee, hee ... they call that progress, I believe. Had a funny deja vu, not with UPS, but with the post office. I wish I had saved the story (this happened many years ago). It was at a time when Maine (and other states) had to comply with some new rules about central distribution areas for all mail. Up to that point, everything was handled locally, from start to finish, and it worked quite well--particularly in rural areas.
I don't have specifics on the new rules, but basically, all mail had to first be driven down to (I think) it was Portland, in the southern part of the state. That, in itself, was delaying delivery by a day, by adding an extra step that was not used before. (Also, keep in mind that Maine is a very large state.)
So a few of the post office mail carriers got together, and delivered the mail (they only got away with this once) the "old" way, to prove to the post office that their method was more expeditious. They used post office trucks, small boats with outboard motors going down lakes and rivers, and one or two guys rode horseback (like the Pony Express)! In all instances above, their delivery time was faster than the "new" efficient system!