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US Postmaster General wants to cut one delivery day

post #1 of 23
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http://money.aol.com/news/articles/_...-5-days/321077

While getting mail delivery one less day a week wouldn't really bother me, if they don't still deliver overnight packages or Priority mail, I think this could make quite a few people go to their competitors for expedited delivery.
post #2 of 23
I do everything online anymore myself. I don't think I'd miss one day
post #3 of 23
Good luck with that Potter.

Rumor running through the USPS is that he's already in hot water over giving himself a bonus.
post #4 of 23
We haven't had six day delivery in Canada in eons. I'm not sure I can even remember when we had Saturday delivery. Works fine. If there isn't sufficient volume for six days, why pay for it?
post #5 of 23
Except for Christmas Cards, the mail only brings bad news anymore to my house (bills). Either that or junk mail. Cutting one delivery day wouldn't bother me at all.
post #6 of 23
That's under discussion in Germany, too, though they're talking about doing away with Saturday deliveries. I don't care about letters/magazines, but would be upset if they stopped delivering packages on Saturdays.
post #7 of 23
I'm not really against doing away with Saturday delivery but there are a lot of people who use the USPS as their only form of correspondence and there are also people who need medications and other similar items to maintain their health.

We were talking at work that if the USPS wanted to save a lot of money they should shut the BMC's down on the weekends so they wouldn't have to pay all of the Sunday premium (25% of your base pay;16 hours per pay period). Since we don't handle first class or priority I don't think it would be that big of a deal to do it. The USPS is typical of the way things within the government are run. They don't do something if it would make sense, that's not the bureaucratic way. They would also save a ton of money by cutting out the management bonuses. At the same time there is a lot of wasteful spending.
post #8 of 23
You guys in the USA have it made in the shade with mail delivery. Not only are your rates less than 1/2 the price of ours, but you currently get mail delivery more often during the week than we do. In Canada we only get mail delivery between regular business hours Monday to Friday, excluding holidays and we get along just fine
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Essayons89 View Post
I'm not really against doing away with Saturday delivery but there are a lot of people who use the USPS as their only form of correspondence and there are also people who need medications and other similar items to maintain their health.

We were talking at work that if the USPS wanted to save a lot of money they should shut the BMC's down on the weekends so they wouldn't have to pay all of the Sunday premium (25% of your base pay;16 hours per pay period). Since we don't handle first class or priority I don't think it would be that big of a deal to do it. The USPS is typical of the way things within the government are run. They don't do something if it would make sense, that's not the bureaucratic way. They would also save a ton of money by cutting out the management bonuses. At the same time there is a lot of wasteful spending.
I also read something about Tuesday is the lightest mail day, so not having as many workers that day would help as well.

Is it true a lot of the local routes are actually contracted out, Bryan? That sounds like it would add a lot of expense as well.
post #10 of 23
My opinion...they will lose a lot of the small businesses who currently use them to ship...it is shooting themselves in the foot.

FedEx home delivery will deliver on Saturdays, and they are cheaper for anything over 2# usually, sometimes even at 2#.

The main benefit of the usps - free priority boxes, so taking away a delivery day... <shrug> ... someone is not looking at the big picture here, imo.
post #11 of 23
The USPS has discussed this for years.

I'm guessing very few of you remember when mail was delivered twice per day.
post #12 of 23
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The USPS has discussed this for years.

I'm guessing very few of you remember when mail was delivered twice per day.

Twice a day, are you kidding? Was that before telephones?

5 days a week is fine with me. And QUIT SENDING JUNK MAIL
post #13 of 23
The bad news is that junk mail is what pays for the system. Without it, the USPS would have gone broke long ago.
post #14 of 23
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The bad news is that junk mail is what pays for the system. Without it, the USPS would have gone broke long ago.
Very true.

We don't send junk mail, we deliver it. The mailers send out the mail that pays my paycheck. I'll be glad when the economy eventually recovers so that we're wall to wall with "junk mail" again. My favorite days to work are when we're jam packed with mail and the place is in chaos. I hate working when there's nothing to do.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Essayons89 View Post
Very true.

We don't send junk mail, we deliver it. The mailers send out the mail that pays my paycheck. I'll be glad when the economy eventually recovers so that we're wall to wall with "junk mail" again. My favorite days to work are when we're jam packed with mail and the place is in chaos. I hate working when there's nothing to do.
I like my junk mail. Lots of times Ill plan a whole shopping day around whats in the sale flyers and the coupons I get in the mail
post #16 of 23
In addition, "junk mail" is one of the most profitable investments a company can make. I heard just this week, in a discussion of this topic on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," that advertisers get back $12 for ever dollar they spend on mail advertising.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
You guys in the USA have it made in the shade with mail delivery. Not only are your rates less than 1/2 the price of ours, but you currently get mail delivery more often during the week than we do. In Canada we only get mail delivery between regular business hours Monday to Friday, excluding holidays and we get along just fine
And I seriously suspect our postie of taking a few Fridays off here and there. It's amazing how no one gets any mail at all on the Friday, then next Monday everyone has a whole bunch.

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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
In addition, "junk mail" is one of the most profitable investments a company can make. I heard just this week, in a discussion of this topic on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," that advertisers get back $12 for ever dollar they spend on mail advertising.
Really?!! I find that so surprising! I always turf junk mail (except flyers) and curse the environmentally wasteful practice of sending this stuff out.
post #18 of 23
All I get is junk mail anymore. Since I pay all my bills online, I don't get paper statements or bills anymore. I use e-mail or the phone instead of mail for talking to people. I can't remember the last time I had anything shipped by mail. Everything is shipped either with UPS or Fed-Ex. If they cut out 2 or 3 days it really wouldn't bother me.
post #19 of 23
All that is great, until you or your bank has a server problem or something, such as our bank seems to have right now.
post #20 of 23
I don't think we should give up anything without a "fight" - once you give up a little ground, they start working on what else they want us to give up ... it's kinda like quick sand.

They need to think outside of the "box" that they're in - and, what a novel idea - no bonuses! Why should the customer get shafted while the business officers make sure they benefit ...

I know other countries may have it "worse", and now they've come to accept what they have - they just don't know when the "other shoe is going to fall" and what more sacrifices they'll be asked to "get accustomed to".

... I say, we give them grief over this, even though THIS idea may not cause a hardship - because we let this one pass they'll be encouraged to take even more from us. Well, that's sort of my humble opinion.
post #21 of 23
I certainly don't have a problem with posties working a 5 day week like the rest of us. As other Canadians have already said, we only get mail Monday through Friday and never on holidays. Is the mail I get so important that I NEED to get it on Saturday and cannot wait out the weekend? Hardly!

For junk mail - just cross out your name and write across the front "Return to Sender" and put it back in the mailbox.
post #22 of 23
The USPS would save a lot of money if they trimmed a lot of the fat from the top and management. There are way too many people in management/supervisory positions and then factor in the wasteful bonuses. W're still trying to figure out how you can receive a performance bonus when you don't do anything but stuff your face behind a desk all day.
post #23 of 23
I wouldn’t mind a 5 day delivery schedule, but I agree that they would be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn’t continue to process their expedited services on their off day.

One thing I don’t think people are considering when they suggest cut backs though is how the reduction will affect the employees and therefore the economy of the communities they reside in. If they cut a work day for postal employees, salaries will go down 1/6th too, which could cause serious problems on the large scale too.
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