USPS Now Says it Won't Cut Saturday Mail Delivery, Blames Congress
April 10, 2013 2:46 PM
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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.
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Digital Mail Service
4/11/2013 12:35:59 AM
In addition to what Moto posted, I am always amazed that they do not have some form of 'official' mail service in place.
1) Everyone gets a free acct, but to set it up you need to go into the post office with a valid ID.
2) Proper security and encryption techniques are used in order to keep informaiton private (unlike normal email which is more like a post card).
3)You can only access your account from a limited number specific IP or MAC addresses (home, phone, office, etc.)
4) While everyone gets a free (with adds?) acct, you cannot send more than ~50 messages from the account per month. If you need to send more messages than that then you pay a fee based upon volume. The fee also has to do with the content of the email; The phone company can send things like bills to customers for free, but adds to get people to upgrade service cost extra, and people must have an opt-out option.
5) Business mail addresses
) are not free. Business must pay a yearly fee for the service, a fee for the number of email addresses, and a fee for the volume of emails sent in total. Not big fees, but enough to make scammers annoyed enough to stay out of the system, and to pay for whatever filtering and policing needs to be put in place.
6) Give options to have some amount of physical mail scanned and emailed rather than delivered. Make it selective by the company or persons sending the mail. Junk mail should be able to be filtered out.
7) Make it a closed system. Only usps accounts can mail other usps accounts.
This would not replace a good old relatively anonomus email account which you would use for things like personal communication, but it would create a relatively secure (at least as secure as physical mail is) means to conduct official business via email without the worries of scammers, spam, etc. You would be able to know when your message was received and opened if you want. While anyone could essentially message anyone with just knowledge of a name, messaging caps, billable options, and policing/reporting would be able to keep the spam down to a minimum number of legitimate offers rather than all of the trash that fills our boxes today.
Not saying it would work for everyone or everything, but it would provide a new income stream, cut down on physical mail volume without replacing it, and provide a more trustworthy way to communicate so that when a spam bot claims to be my bank I will easily be able to know it.
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