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It will save USPS $2 billion annually

Many aspects of our lives have made a digital transformation over the last decade or so. We no longer rent physical movies from the video store; we watch them on Netflix or Hulu. We no longer get subscriptions for or pick up the daily newspaper; we read the news online. We don't run to the bank as often for daily finances; we jump on our smartphone, tablet or computer for online banking.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is seeing these shifts in technology as well, but can't seem to keep up. Many letters, bills, etc. can now be sent electronically rather than through the mail. Hence, in an effort to save some serious money, USPS will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays starting August 1, 2013.

Cutting mail delivery down to five days per week will save USPS about $2 billion annually. For fiscal 2012, USPS saw a net loss of $15.9 billion (three times the loss record one year previous).

While mail delivery is getting axed, USPS plans to continue package delivery on Saturdays since this particular area has seen a 14 percent increase since 2010. Mail will also still be delivered to P.O. boxes six days per week as well.

In addition, post offices will remain open on Saturdays to allow customers to drop mail/packages off, access post office boxes or buy postage stamps -- although hours will likely be cut.

USPS is expected to give an official announcement today without explicit congressional approval. Lawmakers have said this approval is necessary for a change like cutting Saturday mail delivery, but the USPS is arguing this claim.

As far as the American people go, USPS expects some opposition from those like rural communities that worry a change in scheduling could make low-cost deliveries of items like medication a thing of the past, and publishers who will have to adjust schedules with publication deadlines.

Just last month, it was reported that USPS wanted to be more digital-friendly in order to keep up with the times. The agency is working on a digital platform called MyPost, which will allow customers to log in and view all packages that they'll be receiving as well as those they've already received instead of searching several different sites that the packages may be coming from.

However, Paul Vogel, president of digital solutions at USPS, revealed that his office is like "a San Jose startup," with only 15 Android/Apple developers, consultants coming and going, one computer and his BlackBerry smartphone. Technological restrictions make upgrading hard to come by.

A few other major obstacles are legislation needed to get permission for new digital products, the USPS' huge instruction manual for just handful of current products (adding digital products and security certifications would turn that 1,500 page book into something unimaginable), and USPS' losses of nearly $16 billion last year led to legislative proposals to keep making cuts (hence, more digital tech may not be in the cards right now).

Source: Boston Business Journal

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RE: Dont blame the internet and email
By Gio6518 on 2/6/2013 10:55:54 AM , Rating: 3
Good afternoon Mr. Negative

What he's absolutely right....I shipped a package the 22nd of January to be delivered the 23rd, it got misrouted and they attempted delivery on the 26th which was a Saturday...well the business was closed on Saturday, they left a note on the door, they wont pick it up. Post office won't re-deliver unless they get authorization. So I called to give authorization for re-delivery on the 29th, still not delivered, continue doing this on a daily basis, and today is Febuary 6th and guess what its still sitting there...

RE: Dont blame the internet and email
By DT_Reader on 2/6/13, Rating: -1
By geddarkstorm on 2/6/2013 12:39:28 PM , Rating: 5
I think you missed the entirety of his post. He is the one who shipped the package to a business. How can he "go get it" when it's the business he shipped to that needs to get it?

The system is definitely archaic at points, and with all the wealth of technology available, issues like this could be far better handled. That's the point.

By Schrag4 on 2/6/2013 12:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
LOL so if he shipped it to another state he should drive to that state, get the package, and finally delivery it? I think maybe you missed something.

Even if it was being shipped to HIM, though, if the carrier was responsible for delivering it on a certain date and missed it by several days, I think if they want return customers they should go the extra mile and deliver it when it's convenient. Of course this is the government we're talking about so they have absolutely zero, zip, zilch incentive to keep customers happy, and THAT is the point.

By Gio6518 on 2/6/2013 4:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
So, go get it. You've known where it is for 10 days. If it's that important go get it.

It's 1700 miles away....I did think about it though, but couldnt get the time off...

By GotThumbs on 2/6/2013 4:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
I feel for you, but to be honest, I wouldn't have sent it USPS if it absolutely had to be there that soon.

FedEx and UPS specialize in package delivery. USPS deals not only with packages but millions and millions of letters and junk mailers.

One day delivery is NOT a USPS specialty, even if they offer it, and weekend deliver is even trickier.

Realistic expectations would tell me....USPS is not the Go-To when it absolutely has to be there the next day. I'm sure USPS was less expensive than FedEX, but you had to weight the cost with the importance of getting it there overnight.

Sorry again for your experience but I think you put too much trust in them getting it there that fast.

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