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DanaMac
01-28-2009, 03:49 PM
Possible 5 days of delivery, and rates go up again this MAY. Geez....

Postmaster General: Mail days may need to be cut
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON—Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, that doesn't necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday.

Faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs, the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year. "If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year," Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

Total mail volume was 202 billion items last year, over 9 billion less than the year before, the largest single volume drop in history.

And, despite annual rate increases, Potter said 2009 could be the first year since 1946 that the actual amount of money collected by the post office declines.

"It is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable," Potter said. "I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week."

"The ability to suspend delivery on the lightest delivery days, for example, could save dollars in both our delivery and our processing and distribution networks. I do not make this request lightly, but I am forced to consider every option given the severity of our challenge," Potter said.

That doesn't mean it would happen right away, he noted, adding that the agency is working to cut costs and any final decision on changing delivery would have to be made by the postal governing board.

If it did become necessary to go to five-day delivery, Potter said, "we would do this by suspending delivery on the lightest volume days."

The Postal Service raised the issue of cutting back on days of service last fall in a study it issued. At that time the agency said the six-day rule should be eliminated, giving the post office, "the flexibility to meet future needs for delivery frequency.

A study done by George Mason University last year for the independent Postal Regulatory Commission estimated that going from six-day to five-day delivery would save the post office more than $1.9 billion annually, while a Postal Service study estimated the saving at $3.5 billion.

The next postal rate increase is scheduled for May, with the amount to be announced next month. Under current rules that would be limited to the amount of the increase in last year's consumer price index, 3.8 percent. That would round to a 2-cent increase in the current 42-cent first class rate.

Mike Leary
01-28-2009, 04:12 PM
About time for the ski trip?

DanaMac
01-28-2009, 04:14 PM
About time for the ski trip?

Feb 9th thru 13th. Just bored and finding things on the interwebs that will affect business decisions. Updating Business Plan, insurance review, etc.

hoskm01
01-28-2009, 07:31 PM
Feb 9th thru 13th. Just bored and finding things on the interwebs that will affect business decisions. Updating Business Plan, insurance review, etc.
Well, theyve got competition like EdFex, UPS, DHL (DHL went under I think). What do they expect, what should we expect?

Exactly 14 days from right meow, we'll be held up somewhere in a fine dining establishment after two days of glorious skiing in the Rockies.

Oh man, Im stoked.

Mike Leary
01-28-2009, 07:34 PM
Exactly 14 days from right meow, we'll be held up somewhere in a fine dining establishment after two days of glorious skiing in the Rockies. Oh man, Im stoked.

We'll try to keep Dana calmed down until the trip, Matt.

hoskm01
01-28-2009, 07:40 PM
We'll try to keep him calmed down until the trip, Matt.
When I was a kid in AZ, I used to get the skiing bug in the summer and put all my ski clothes on and walk about the house for a bit.

Is SkiMan a Cosplay character?

Stuttering Stan
01-28-2009, 08:00 PM
When I was a kid in AZ, I used to get the skiing bug in the summer and put all my ski clothes on and walk about the house for a bit.

Talk about a sheltered life!!! When I was a kid, I had women on each arm at the pool.

Back to Postal Service, society is getting away from slug mail. Emails and cell phones are the way to go. The only reason the Postal Service has lasted this long is junk mail and credit card companies.

Mike Leary
01-28-2009, 08:02 PM
Talk about a sheltered life!!! When I was a kid, I had women on each arm at the pool.

You ever see the film "Dumb and Dumber"? That's what these guys really wear.

whoopassonthebluegrass
01-28-2009, 08:22 PM
Not my forum, I know - just looking through the NEW posts...

But the USPS sucks a$$. It's ironic that the Federal Government holds the longest running monopoly in the country. They're so inefficient it makes me want to puke. I avoid actually going into the Post Office at all costs, because mailing a single letter from the counter takes like 3 days (not the delivery - just getting those lazy buggers to help me out)...

I say let UPS and FedEx in on normal mail delivery and let's see capitalism and free enterprise work its magic!

rlpsystems
01-28-2009, 09:53 PM
Gas is down, something else has to go up.

bicmudpuppy
01-28-2009, 10:47 PM
Gas is down, something else has to go up.

Another nickel, and gas will be back up to two bucks again here :(