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02-06-2013, 03:26 PM #1
USPS ending delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays starting this August.
The U.S. Postal Service is discontinuing delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays by Aug. 1. That means mailers, letters and catalogs will only be delivered Mon-Fri, while Priority mail and packages will still be delivered six days per week.
Article here - http://politi.co/XNvvKz
Video here - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505266_1...o-slash-costs/
02-06-2013, 03:36 PM #2
It looks like the States is catching up with Canada, on more than just the higher postal rates...I don't recall when we've ever had mail delivery here in Canada.
02-06-2013, 06:45 PM #3
02-07-2013, 04:50 AM #4
It started in the 80s with faxing, but the big market shift began 15 years ago with the availability of free email to almost every citizen. Add the love affair with mobile devices, and texting and social media drive physical letters to be pretty much obsolete. Even relying on the mass mailings of commercial junk mail is less viable with the existance of GroupOn and FourSquare, etc. which electronically deliver tailored coupons by mobile device.
The USPS actually saw a sea change coming and attempted to diversify it's business by attempting to introduce automated bill payment and paper record storage services, both to the public and large government agencies. However, Congress, ended that plan early on in order for the post office to follow it's "mandate" that they pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years and pay for it within a decade. This mandate is the biggest source of financial burden on the USPS, and it is being passed onto the taxpayer. Afterwards, Congress gave themselves raises and took off two weeks paid vacation for the winter holidays as reward for a job well done.
Incidentally, FedEx and UPS both diversified beyond strictly package delivery. FedEx bought Kinko's and UPS offers corporate transportation & logistical services. They did not have congress "helping" them meet a mandate.
02-07-2013, 04:55 AM #5
02-07-2013, 05:56 AM #6
bummer, i love getting my mail saturdays =x thanks for the heads up.
02-07-2013, 06:38 AM #7
Not a done deal, yet.
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02-08-2013, 01:09 AM #8
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02-08-2013, 02:03 AM #10
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