You take sixteen billion, and what do you get? Another day shorter and lighter in debt — or so the Post Office hopes. The USPS went into the red in 2012 by an astounding $16 billion, and needs to find ways to cut costs. CBS News reports this morning that they will trim one-sixth of their deliveries by ending 150 years of Saturday service for first-class mail: Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that
When I was a kid, they did not do a Saturday delivery, so this is not going to be all that bad. And the article says that they will continue to deliver stuff like packages on Saturday. As for what #2 says, I have kind of wondered that myself for a while now.
Bulk mailers would then stop sending bulk mail, #2. Direct mail is a significant marketing strategy for businesses as well as charities, and if it becomes too expensive, it will stop and other means of outreach will be used.
Postal costs for large direct mail campaigns are on top of the cost of producing those materials and can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the mailing. Where I used to work, we sometimes had mailings of a million pieces or more, all designed in a way to keep postal costs to a minimum. Do the math. It´s expensive.
Would it make sense for the Post Office to further reduce their volume by pricing themselves out of the market?
A friend of mine began working for the post office about 3 years ago and got a rural (WI) delivery route. She drives about 90 miles a day and starting wages (not including benefits or reimbursements) were over $19.00 an hour. The article states that first class mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays but packages and things like medications, etc. would. OK, are you telling me that the carriers will no longer stop at every house on Saturdays, only the houses that are receiving packages? So my friend will still drive 90 miles a day but only stop at every 20th house? Yes, what a savings for the taxpayers.
One of the few physical responsibilities mandated to the federal government by the Constitution (Article I, Section 8) - and they can´t even get THAT right. But, since it is a Constitutional requirement then it´s fair game to be ignored by this administration.
In re: to #6, I can understand your (and that of other mass-mailers) viewpoint but the information delivery system is severely flawed. Our household, and that of most all my acquaintances, throw unsolicited mail directly into the bin. Whereas electronic media messages may have no greater contact ratio than bulk mailings, at least they don´t have the physical waste.
Hardly the course a successful business would take. Then again, the postal workers union is probably the "real customer" our pols and USPS management are serving.
#9: Good information, good example. Thanks.
#12: Remember, the IRS took over a bar-and-brothel in Nevada for not paying taxes -- and it went broke under their management. So....
#14: "But the other kids in the class are a lot dumber!" doesn´t seem like a bouquet. Did I misread something?
#15: Eek! The internet is already on the way to being unusable thanks to spam. I sure don´t want more of it stealing my paid-for bandwidth [yeah, yeah, yeah -- ads etc. help with the costs of the ISP] and time!
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