Skip to comments.Head of U.S. Postal Service says delivery could be scaled back to 3 days a week
Posted on 07/20/2011 2:21:33 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Head of U.S. Postal Service says delivery could be scaled back to 3 days a week
By Maeve Coyle Topics Domestic Issues
With Internet usage rising and mail volume steadily falling, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned the U.S. Postal Service is going to have to make significant cutbacks that could mean no more Saturday service and eventually lead to mail delivery just three days a week.
The Postal Service's "cashflow crisis is at a critical level," Donahoe told USA Today in an interview published Wednesday. Donahoe said eliminating Saturday mail would save around $3.1 billion a year for the cash-strapped agency, projected to lose $8.3 billion this year.
"At some point, we'll have to move to three" days a week of mail delivery, possibly in 15 years, he told the newspaper.
The steady loss of revenue has prompted the Postal Service to evaluate possible cost-saving measures. Donahoe said the USPS is on track to miss a Sept. 30 payment of $5.5 billion to the U.S. Treasury that would allow the Uncle Sam to "pre-fund retired health benefits" of postal workers.
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Somebody call UPS.
The U.S.’s transition to Third World status continues.
Even many Third World nations have full-week mail delivery.
Please do it. All I ever get in snail mail are bills and junk mail. Anything that will save me taxes for getting stuff I don’t want is fine with me.
So the mail we should have gotten on Friday, that is delivered on Saturday will now be delivered next Tuesday?
Uh, they’ll still pay the letter carriers as if they were delivering 5 days a week...
On some levels this makes sense. However it will just further seal their doom. Once it becomes an even more unreliable method for delivering checks and other time sensitive items the customer base will drop even further. Its business will become just delivering junk mail and greeting cards.
Outstanding. The USPS is failing epicly, as evidenced by the Hells Angel wannabe that delivered my mail today.
Drive on rag, red tee shirt, shades, two weeks of facial hair.
Not what it used to be..
Sure...right.... you Union sociopaths will have been replaced by Private firms long before this happens.
so thta means they are going to cut all the mailmen salaries in half right?.......
If economic trends continue the feds will devalue the full-time work-week to something like 24-hours (3days x 8hrs per). That way the USPS workers will still be considered full-time.
this is how it works fellas. if you can’t make money doing it, it fails. Someone smart enough to make money will do it if it’s possible.
You mean like the Teamsters at UPS?
Picking up my junk mail three times a week instead of six works for me.
I keep hoping that someone will invent a car that runs on junk mail, then we can look forward to getting the stuff!
Everyone would be trying to get on mailing lists instead of getting off of them. Win-win for the advertisers and the public.
My netflix account will suffer.
How about we just stop giving out hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to postal workers?
I send most of my greeting cards by email now. Jacquie Lawson has some nice ones. Not free, but nice.
I have to admit, I like our regular mail lady. When she’s sick or on vacation we usually get our neighbor’s mail mixed in with ours, but our regular person is excellent.
AND the other weird thing is when we lived in TX the postal workers at the post office (in friendly TX) were surly and rude. However, here, in surly rude south FL the postal workers are nice and helpful. I cannot figure it out. I LOVE to go to the post office here. Well, except that if I have to stand in line the CUSTOMERS are so surly and rude I usually use the automated thing if I can.
“’At some point, we’ll have to move to three’ days a week of mail delivery, possibly in 15 years...”
15 YEARS to get to that point? I pick up my mail 2x a week at the PO with no difference to my life whatsoever than when it was delivered.
(My rural mailbox has been replaced 10x in 16 years. Screw it.)
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