AJP switching to home delivery

The Arizona Jewish Post is changing its home delivery system to better serve our readers.

Beginning with the Dec. 14, 2012 issue, the AJP will be carrier-delivered instead of being delivered by mail. If you live in the greater Tucson area — including Marana, Oro Valley and Vail — or in Green Valley, you can expect the paper to be at your door at about 6 a.m. on the Friday of publication. The vast majority of our readers will be able to take advantage of this new, more reliable delivery system.

Carriers for the Arizona Daily Star will handle the delivery but you do not need to subscribe to the Star to have your Arizona Jewish Post delivered to your home.

This is a big change to make after 66 years of mail delivery, but we are confident it will result in more efficient service for our readers, particularly as the U.S. Postal Service plans to close its Tucson distribution center and implement a two-day delivery standard nationwide, even for first-class mail.

Your Arizona Jewish Post will be delivered rolled up with a rubber band. On delivery days with a chance of rain, newspapers will be protected in plastic bags.

Carriers are happy to accommodate most special placement requests, such as “please place the paper on my garden wall so I don’t have to bend down to pick it up.” Just call the AJP at 319-1112 and we will pass along those requests to the Star.

If your local business has a suite number, please make sure it is part of your address on file with the Arizona Jewish Post to help ensure prompt carrier delivery.

As with any new venture, there are bound to be a few kinks to work out during the first few weeks of carrier delivery. We ask for your patience.

If you do not receive your AJP on a scheduled Friday morning, please call the AJP and we will arrange for a replacement copy to be delivered. If we receive your call by 1 p.m. on Friday, a replacement copy will be delivered on Saturday. If we receive your message over the weekend or on Monday by 1 p.m., a replacement copy will be delivered on Tuesday. Please be sure to call the AJP at 319-1112, not the Arizona Daily Star.

Please remember that the AJP is published biweekly. Our publication dates for next month, when home delivery will start, are Dec. 14 and Dec. 28. The next issue will be Jan. 11, 2013, with an issue every two weeks thereafter until our annual summer hiatus following the July 12 issue. The biweekly schedule will resume Aug. 16 through Dec. 20, 2013.

AJP subscribers who live outside of Tucson and those who use P.O. Box addresses will continue to receive the AJP by mail. If you have a local P.O. Box, we will be contacting you over the next several weeks to ask if you’d like to take advantage of the new delivery service by providing a street address — or you may call us. However, since the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, our publisher, manages our circulation list, please be aware that changing your address for the AJP will change your address for all mail from the JFSA.

Winter residents who get the AJP carrier delivered while in Tucson may continue to request a copy by mail when they return to their summer address.

Please note that your name and address will no longer be printed on your copy of the AJP unless it is mailed.

We’re excited about this change, which will get the AJP into most readers’ hands every other Friday morning — no more missing out on weekend events! But we know you may have questions. Please feel free to call Executive Editor Phyllis Braun at 319-1112, ext. 135, or Office Manager Leah Richter at ext. 129.