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Old 02-06-2013, 07:54 AM   Topic Starter
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USPS to end Saturday mail

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The U.S. Postal Service plans to announce Wednesday that it will end Saturday mail delivery, in one of the most significant steps taken to date to cut costs at the struggling agency.

A source familiar with the decision confirmed the plan to Fox News.

Under the proposal, the Postal Service will continue to deliver packages six days a week. The plan, which is aimed at saving about $2 billion, would start to take effect 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.

Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.

Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages -- and it repeatedly but unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the move. Though an independent agency, the service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control.

It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval.

But the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change.

Material prepared for the Wednesday press conference by Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, says Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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ya, so if they were to stop delivery service altogether, that should solve more problems.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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Why did they start delivering on Saturday in the first place?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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Why did they start delivering on Saturday in the first place?
Ask an old-timer--They used to make multiple deliveries on weekdays. Morning mail and afternoon mail.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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just ditch the system and privatize?

no idea if that would be good or bad.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:06 AM   #6
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just ditch the system and privatize?

no idea if that would be good or bad.
FEDEX and UPS seem to be doing ok.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
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FEDEX and UPS seem to be doing ok.
Both use the USPS for their unprofitable rural deliveries.

The USPS was designed to subsidize the rural routes with money from urban delivery. Whether you approve of that or not, if you privatize the USPS, people in rural areas are going to get hosed.

What's killing the USPS right now is online bill payment, and that's only going to get worse.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #8
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Both use the USPS for their unprofitable rural deliveries.

The USPS was designed to subsidize the rural routes with money from urban delivery. Whether you approve of that or not, if you privatize the USPS, people in rural areas are going to get hosed.

What's killing the USPS right now is online bill payment, and that's only going to get worse.
what's killing the USPS is their inability to change their business model and re-design their organziation accordingly.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:57 PM   #9
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what's killing the USPS is their inability to change their business model and re-design their organziation accordingly.
Most of the post offices I've been in have way too many people in the back doing nothing.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #10
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Both use the USPS for their unprofitable rural deliveries.

The USPS was designed to subsidize the rural routes with money from urban delivery. Whether you approve of that or not, if you privatize the USPS, people in rural areas are going to get hosed.
That's generally red states/red areas. They hate the gubment anyway, so I'm sure they won't mind.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #11
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With e-mail, USPS obviously needs to change some things, but what REALLY screwed them was George W and Congress when they required that USPS fund its entire pension requirements for the next 75 years. No govt or private entity has ever had a requirement like that.

Until then, USPS paid for itself. But with the pension requirements, it had to start begging for tax money because it couldn't meet the mandate and run operations.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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FEDEX and UPS seem to be doing ok.
They can pick and choose what they deliver and where. USPS is mandated to deliver basically everything, everywhere.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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just ditch the system and privatize?

no idea if that would be good or bad.
Private companies won't deliver shit out to Bum****, Montana. At least not for 50 cents.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #14
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Private companies won't deliver shit out to Bum****, Montana. At least not for 50 cents.
Here in "Bum**** Montana," I like my mail, but I could give two shits if they delivery on Saturdays. The reason I live here is because I like the outdoors and hang out in places like this.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:35 PM   #15
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Here in "Bum**** Montana," I like my mail, but I could give two shits if they delivery on Saturdays. The reason I live here is because I like the outdoors and hang out in places like this.
Why do you always have to rub our faces in it?

Man that is some beautiful country. I am jealous.

As far as ending Saturday Mail I am all for it.
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