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USPS Stops Saturday Delivery: Online Disaster?

Monday, February 11th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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The United States Postal Service (USPS) will stop home delivery of first class mail on Saturdays later this year. This news has left many people confused about what will happen to online orders that are delivered by the USPS. We’ve got all the facts you need to know about the change.

What’s is changing? The USPS will no longer be delivering first class mail on Saturdays beginning August 2013. This primarily affects delivery of letters or other parcels sent out via first class mail. Mail that would have been delivered on Saturday will instead be delivered on the following Monday. Expect for Monday’s mail to be more numerous than it has in the past.

What’s not changing? Orders shipped via priority mail, express mail or parcel package delivery will still be delivered on Saturdays. This means if a merchant uses any of the above services to deliver your package it will still arrive on Saturday if the package was scheduled to be delivered on Saturday.

Why is USPS doing this? The simple truth is with the growth of e-mail, instant messaging and websites, far fewer pieces of mail are being sent. The volume is not enough to support 6-day-a-week standard mail delivery. The USPS reported a loss in fiscal year 2012 of 15.9 billion dollars. Even though that figure includes 11.1 billion related to pre–funding of retirement benefits, the loss not counting that expense is still 5.8 billion dollars or almost 15.9 million dollars per day. The USPS hopes to save almost 2 billion dollars by removing Saturday delivery.

What if I need my items faster? It’s always a good idea to contact a merchant directly if you feel the extra day delay may be an issue, but be prepared to pay a lot more. The cost of faster services by UPS or FedEx can run many times the shipping costs from USPS.

While this isn’t a disaster for online shopping, it may mean a day of two more delay in receiving your items and not-so-happy encountners with the mail person on Saturday.

-Tim

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3 Responses to “USPS Stops Saturday Delivery: Online Disaster?”

  1. Larry Petz says:

    One big problem with the USPS is giving reduced rates to mass mailers. The other day I got a credit card statement. They paid 26.2 cents postage to mail this statement. See the problem? That is a 19.8 cent discount. I’m sorry, but if all these mass mailers paid full postage the USPS would not be losing a billion plus each year. So tell the mass mailers to shut up and pay their fair share. After all they still have to mail their statements don’t they.
    Another cost they can eliminate is giving away free priority mail boxes. When I sold on Ebay I could get all the free boxes I wanted from the USPS web site. How much does that cost them every year? At least charge something for these boxes and recover some of the cost.

  2. Carol Jacobs-Carre says:

    Hi: The truth is not that mail volume has decreased due to email, although there would be those who think so. The truth is that the USPS is struggling with forward funding its pension plan, a financial burden imposed by Republican Congresses on the USPS and never removed. No other business in the world has to fully forward fund its pension plan. The idea was to force the USPS out of business so that UPS and Fedex could take over delivering 1st class, something neither company has shown any willingness to do. Hence, the USPS has a financial crisis caused by Congress. Something the rest of us should feel intimately familiar with.

  3. Dell Yawetag says:

    Without prefunding, declining postal revenue will create a huge unfunded liability. That liability burdens not only the Postal Service but eventually the tax payers in the form of a bailout. The biggest problem is that the USPS has not kept up with technology. It’s become a “junk” mail carrier. Very sad.

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