USPS On the Move, But Still on Congress’s Leash
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  • DirtyJobsGuy

    Sometimes and for the wrong reasons, Congress is right. Maintaining Saturday delivery (and now adding premium sunday delivery) is essential if the USPS is to have any role. Universal and frequent service is the key. Perhaps with a more secure method of package pickup from your door. Now only if they could be right on the pensions mess…..

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The US Post Office would instantly go out of business if it had to compete for customers as FedEx and UPS do. It’s a bureaucratic dinosaur, with ancient tech, and an extortionate labor gang feeding on it’s guts. If it didn’t have a monopoly on first class mail, it would have died long ago. Without the feedback of competition which forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price, the Postal Monopoly has no way of knowing if any action it takes really results in an improvement.
    Take Saturday delivery as an example, getting rid of it saves money, but it also degrades service while not improving Quality or Price. A competitive business might instead look for a way they can charge more for weekend delivery (when more people are home), add Sunday delivery, improve Service and Security.

  • Mahon1

    Ending Saturday delivery isn’t enough. What they should do is split every zip code in half, deliver mail to Part 1 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and to Part 2 – with the same drivers and same trucks – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We don’t get anything by regular mail that we couldn’t wait another day for, and the savings would have to be massive.

  • Bruce

    Not being able to end Saturday delivery is proof that it is almost impossible to contract a government program. Saturday delivery should be available, but at a price premium. Then you’d find out how essential it is, which is not very.

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