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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4/12/2013 2:40:50 AM
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.
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