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This move would have saved USPS about $2 billion annually

The United States Postal Service (USPS) was hoping to axe Saturday mail deliveries in an attempt to save money, but Congress isn't having it. 

USPS announced today that the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met yesterday to talk about the Continuing Resolution for government funding. However, Congress didn't approve the new national delivery schedule.

The new national delivery schedule consisted of package deliveries Monday through Saturday and mail deliveries Monday through Friday starting August 5, 2013. 

"Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule," said USPS. 
 
"The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly."
 
Back in February of this year, USPS announced its plan to cut Saturday mail delivery to only five days per week (eliminating Saturday). It said this would 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).

USPS has been in a financial decline mainly because of digital mail options, such a electronic letters, bills, etc. This eliminates costs of stamps and shipping charges. 

Technology is taking over, and the issue is that USPS can't keep up. In January, it was reported that USPS wanted to be more digital-friendly by 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.

Source: USPS



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Please...
By Motoman on 4/10/2013 3:10:49 PM , Rating: 5
1. Cut back delivery to Mon/Wed/Fri.
2. Greatly increase the cost of bulk mail, firstly to cut down on it's volume and secondly to make what remains more profitable.
3. Resize the USPS both in facilities and employees to fit the new requirements.
4. Profit.

And maybe...just maybe, realize that you probably need to compete with FedEx/Kinkos and UPS Stores. They do a lot more than ship stuff these days. That's your competition. At least, for non-letter business.




RE: Please...
By retrospooty on 4/10/2013 3:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
1. Cut back delivery to Mon/Wed/Fri.
2. Greatly increase the cost of bulk mail, firstly to cut down on it's volume and secondly to make what remains more profitable.
3. Resize the USPS both in facilities and employees to fit the new requirements.
4. Profit.


Simple... Brilliant. Why in the hell cant they see it? I have been saying cut it to 3 days M-W-F all along, but the bulk mail thing is even better.


RE: Please...
By Manch on 4/11/2013 7:57:46 AM , Rating: 4
Congress wont let them cut even one day. All they want to do is not deliver pitch mail on Saturdays. Packages would still be delivered.


RE: Please...
By RufusM on 4/11/2013 11:17:32 AM , Rating: 3
Congress will not do hardly anything that results in a perceived loss to their constituents. This is why government grows ever larger day by day.

For every cut in funding, some Congressperson drags someone who lost their job, or had something affect them, in front of the cameras so it becomes an argument of: "You're a bad person if you vote to cut Billy Smith's job."


RE: Please...
By SkullOne on 4/10/2013 3:47:39 PM , Rating: 4
1. Agreed

2. They can't do that. Bulk Rate Mail (BRM) makes up over 85% of their money. They cut that back and what little money they make from that disappears. Large amounts of BRM mail disappearing is what's causing all the grief now, alongside the powerful union and the crazy benefits and pension retirees are receiving.

Remember BRM isn't just junk mail. BRM mail also consists of bills, bank statements, etc. That's all information people are getting digitally more and more often now. Increasing the cost would only help push companies to a pure digital system at a faster pace.

Postal has to stay competitive with package pricing too otherwise FedEx and USPS would leave them in the dust.

3. Agreed
4. Agreed


RE: Please...
By retrospooty on 4/10/2013 4:00:57 PM , Rating: 3
"2. They can't do that. Bulk Rate Mail (BRM) makes up over 85% of their money. "

They can and they should. To hell with what it is. Raise the price to make it more profitable and if that discourages bulk mailers than good!!! All the better. Most of it is junk that no-one wants, needs or reads, and the rest is bills, bacnk statements etc, which should be moving to e-statements anyhow.


RE: Please...
By Motoman on 4/10/2013 4:27:19 PM , Rating: 3
2. Yes they can. Here's why:

A. If junk mail becomes unpalatable in it's postage expense, a lot of it will disappear. Then, the USPS needs a lot less facility and manpower to process it - meaning the costs disappear with the junk mail.

B. What remains, hopefully just "legitimate" bulk mail will be that much more profitable, because the per-piece cost to mail it went up. The USPS may very well make the same profit from vastly smaller volume.

C. For "legitimate" bulk mail, like your bank statement or utility bill, those organizations can adjust their billing rates to accomodate the increase from, what, ten cents a letter to fifty cents a letter. No one is going to complain about an extra forty cents on their electicity bill every month - especially when the tradeoff is no junk mail in your mailbox.

D. Everybody wins. Even the environment - fewer trees turned into junk mail that's just going to get thrown away. Except, I guess, the former USPS workers who used to do nothing but process junk mail all day.


RE: Please...
By Motoman on 4/10/2013 4:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, on B I probably should have said "make the same revenue" - the profit margin will likely be a lot higher.


RE: Please...
By seamonkey79 on 4/10/2013 7:23:05 PM , Rating: 2
And we'll all stand in line to complain about how we're being punished by having our bills mailed to us and being charged for it ;-)


RE: Please...
By Manch on 4/11/2013 8:10:27 AM , Rating: 2
The unions would try to prevent A from happening or demand that "new" positions be created thus negating the benefit.

Aside from all that, one of USPS biggest problems is that while it will allow you to insure your mail, they will not guarantee that your packages will not be damaged. That is part of the reason why the whole lithium battery issue came up with the airliners and APO's got cut off for a while.

The handling of packages is so piss poor, and the claims process so convoluted, I tell people if it means that much to you, ship it via FEDEX, DHL, or UPS. You'll pay more, but at least your package will arrive intact.


RE: Please...
By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:40:05 AM , Rating: 1
That's a whole different problem. Unions, like lobbying and political parties, should be made illegal. Vast amounts of our social problems would just evaporate.

Also, I have family that has worked for UPS for a long time...and I've shipped lots of stuff with FedEx too.

UPS family advises strongly not to ship things like computers with UPS...because they'll get destroyed. Indeed, I have had several computers shipped with UPS get destroyed in transit - despite having "the best packaging we've seen", I'm told, as they cut me a check for damages.

Same thing with FedEx. Many destroyed computers - each one with FedEx admitting responsibility, and paying me for them.

The fact of the matter is that *all* shippers treat their packages very roughly, and all of them destroy stuff. Doesn't matter who you ship something with, or how well you pack it - you'd better have insurance on it, because there's always a very good chance it's going to get clobbered.


RE: Please...
By ven1ger on 4/11/2013 6:47:07 PM , Rating: 2
People like blaming Unions, guess what unions are responsible for decent living wages, sensible working hours, paid overtime, paid or subsidized healthcare, and a host of other things that everyone takes for granted when they are employed but just because the politicians like to use unions as scapegoats for problems the politicians cause, unions become demonized for things that they don't control.

Stop blaming the unions, and instead blame the politicians, that corporations have in their pockets. The powerful and the rich (i.e. corporations) have bankrolled many of these politicians into making unions the scapegoats. The unions have helped given the middle class people of this country a way to offset the power of the rich corporate elite that with a weakening of the unions also means eroding the middle-class of this country.

If you're for removing unions and against the middle class, then you're for the rich fat corporate elites that control a lot of the politicians and even in the judicial system.


RE: Please...
By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'm for removing unions to preserve the middle class. If you don't understand that, you're probably stupid enough to be a union member.

Unions served a purpose...a hundred years ago. Now their only function is to drive American jobs to Asia, and bankrupt whole American towns in the process.


RE: Please...
By Manch on 4/12/2013 2:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
I understand that FEDEX, UPS, DHL damage packages it happens, but USPS rate of damage compared to them is so bad that foreign carriers refused to carry our mail containing lithium batteries until we could comply with the safety regulations. Other postal services had no problems getting into compliance. Several changes have happened in the past few months in order partially restore service. We can now receive incoming.

I agree, you should always have insurance on high value items. I've dealt with UPS, and DHL with regards to damaged shipments. They are by far much easier to deal with than the USPS. Odds are you'll get your money back too. USPS, will drag it out and try to only pay you a deprecate value.

Theft is also very rampant in the USPS. They lost so much money on APO's alone from damage and missing claims. Everything that comes in now is double bagged. They can no longer use the plastic flatyarn bags alone bc thieves can see whats in the bag, snip the sec tab and help themselves. The outer bag is now those orange opaque ones.

Also, gamestop, amazon, and newegg changed the boxes and label descriptors on APO shipments because of this.


RE: Please...
By ven1ger on 4/11/2013 6:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
I trust the USPS package delivery more than I would UPS or FedEx. At least with USPS, my packages are dropped off on my doorstep which happens to be about 29 steps below my carport which is at street level. I've had Fedex and UPS drop important packages either in the carport which is open to the street or on the first step from the sidewalk, luckily never tripped over one of these packages.


RE: Please...
By ipay on 4/10/2013 3:52:36 PM , Rating: 5
Congress should simply undo the crippling requirements they laid upon the USPS by requiring the USPS to pre-fund both their retirement program and their health plan well beyond what is required by other federal agencies including the military. The income from stamp and other user fees is greater than USPS annual operating costs if the prepaid benefits are lowered to S&P averages -- which is still greater than other federal agencies.


RE: Please...
By toyotabedzrock on 4/10/2013 4:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Are you really that dumb? UPS and fedex use USPS to deliver some of its packages.

And email is not killing the post office. Congress is in 2006 they made them fund 75 years of pensions. Which means they are funding for people they have not hired yet. But where told they had to fund it in 10 years or so.


RE: Please...
By Motoman on 4/10/2013 4:22:20 PM , Rating: 3
...what did I say that had anything to do with UPS/FedEx and their usage of USPS? Nothing.

Also, what did I say about "email killing the post office?" Nothing.

Yes, the Congressional regulation relating to pensions is retarded, and that needs to go too. Regardless, my previous points stand.


RE: Please...
By KC7SWH on 4/10/2013 6:26:37 PM , Rating: 2
USPS needs to look at both FedEx and UPS as they both have more efficient systems to get mail across the US and then they give it to USPS to do the actual delivery.


RE: Please...
By kwrzesien on 4/11/2013 10:47:57 AM , Rating: 2
USPS is using mail to subsidize the package delivery prices, that is why they are so low. They could make money on their packages if they raised the prices.

Agreed on raising the prices of junk and bulk mail.


RE: Please...
By mikeyD95125 on 4/11/2013 1:42:28 AM , Rating: 2
All this sounds like good general business, but CONGRESS is the entity that has to make these changes. Hence why they haven't happened yet.


RE: Please...
By lagomorpha on 4/11/2013 10:16:34 AM , Rating: 3
Given that the primary purpose USPS serves anymore is to fill your mailbox with junk mail from AT&T, Comcast, term life insurance companies, and requests for campaign contributions is there anyone here that would even miss USPS if it closed entirely?


RE: Please...
By ven1ger on 4/11/2013 7:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
Go ahead, shred all your mail in your mailbox for a month and see what happens, you're perfectly free to live without mail. To make it easier, just place a rubbish bin under your mailbox, cut a hole under your mailbox and bingo you can see how well you live without your mail delivery.

Or else you can get a PO box address and guess what virtually no more junk mail.

Scream about junk mail all you want, you can always throw it away, but USPS mail does serve a useful purpose, just because you can't see it doesn't mean that others see it as a burden.


RE: Please...
By roastmules on 4/12/2013 1:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
1. I would make a slight alteration, and suggest that they cut Business to Mon/Wed/Fri, and residences to Tue/Thu/Sat.
2. Calculate new staffing and financial requirements. Adjust all mail rates to meet financial requirements, based on supply and demand. Only change rates bi-annually in even years. Continue and increase the forever stamp.
3. Agreed.
4. Break even.
5. Agreed. Though, do we want a pseudo-government agency now involved with copy/print operations which the content of which may violate copyright? And, create anti-trust issues with government competing with private enterprise?
6. Create more coordination, especially in very-high-traffic urban and very-low-density rural areas, with Fedex and UPS, to only have one truck visit a location each day.
6. Permit more deliveries to PO boxes.

The USPS offices nearest me are always busy with a line. They have passport service, and


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