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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs
FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX

Posted on 02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST by Doogle

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: postal; usps
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1 posted on 02/06/2013 5:10:35 AM PST by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping


2 posted on 02/06/2013 5:11:05 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Did they also stop paying postal workers for Saturday?


3 posted on 02/06/2013 5:16:07 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Doogle

What they really need to do is get rid of 50% of all people associated with physical movement of the mail, and go to every-other-day delivery - half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 5:17:54 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Certainly the overly generous pay of postal employees ought to be reduced by 1/6th when this reduction of service kicks in.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 5:21:39 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Doogle

Affirmative action for minorities is killing the USPS.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 5:29:28 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Doogle

Just open 1st Class mail delivery to free market competition. The law created the problem, undo the law.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 5:31:01 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

How dare you!


9 posted on 02/06/2013 5:31:51 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: txrefugee; Doogle

amazingly, the postal service workers have the best pay and benefits of all the federal employees! Their bloated benefits and employee numbers have brought about this dismal situation, along with poor competitive practices and outdated practices.

I’m ok w/ M-F mail delivery, and I can support some increase in mail cost BUT the postal service (employees, benefits, physical facilities, logistical framework, etc.) should be FULLY revamped. To use obummer’s favorite word, that would only be FAIR.


10 posted on 02/06/2013 5:32:46 AM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: vetvetdoug

LOL—Thank you, Mr. Sowell. /s


11 posted on 02/06/2013 5:34:20 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Doogle

USPS is the perfect example of a horrible business model. Forever stamps? Union pay raises regardless of income? Genius.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 5:35:28 AM PST by justice14 ("Christ is Victorious" / @rjustice21)
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To: DuncanWaring

I have thought that is the plan that makes most sense. It works for waste pickup. Surely it works for mail delivery. There is seldom something in the mail that can’t wait a day.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 5:35:41 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Doogle
Well this sucks and probably doesn't address the real problem.
14 posted on 02/06/2013 5:37:04 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: sassy steel magnolia

The Saturday WSJ is my weekend read.
I’ll miss it.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 5:37:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Doogle

Costs savings will be eaten up by more overtime on Mondays. They should cut out Tuesday delivery.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 5:38:09 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: DuncanWaring
What they really need to do is get rid of 50% of all people associated with physical movement of the mail, and go to every-other-day delivery - half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.

Concur, they would also be increasing their 1st rate mix. Bulk mail is not a money maker, it just helps offset costs, but by filling the bags, it also ensures that costs remain high. By decreasing to every other day, the USPS would be able to raise rates on bulk mail, accepting that some that business will just go away.

I just don't see the need for six day a week postal delivery.

17 posted on 02/06/2013 5:38:35 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Doogle

Obama promised to do for healthcare what the Post Office has done for mail service.


18 posted on 02/06/2013 5:39:25 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Doogle

Obama promised to do for healthcare what the Post Office has done for mail service.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 5:39:34 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Vision; Doogle
Well this sucks and probably doesn't address the real problem.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 5:40:38 AM PST by WVKayaker ("I’ve seen how nasty it can be for other conservatives as well. "-Sarah Palin 12/17/12)
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