Postal Service Closings: Snail Mail Can’t Compete With Internet

By: Amanda Crum - April 22, 2012

With the ushering in of the digital age comes the inevitable decline of long-standing traditions, like going to the post office to send out and receive mail. So many companies do business online now–the offering of bill-pay and e-commerce have certainly been huge components in the decrease of traditional mail–that snail-mail has become all but obsolete, which is bad news for postal workers.

Do you think the U.S.P.S. can survive the digital age? Tell us below.

Not only are people relying more heavily on online bill-paying services now, they are also turning to the web for interaction with others; rather than sending a birthday card or party invitation, they send an email or e-vite, citing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as major modes of communication. The introduction of media sources like Netflix and Gamefly saw a brief surge in mailroom activity, since millions of DVDs and games were being sent back and forth every day. However, even those companies can’t be relied on anymore by mail carriers, because they’ve conveniently added streaming and downloads to their services. And with more things going digital every day–even books–people are using their computers and digital devices more than ever, seriously decreasing their need for mail service.

The loss of revenue in the postal industry–which is the second-largest civilian employer in the U.S., coming right behind retail giant Wal-Mart– and sorting facilities meant the suggestion of raising stamp prices to 50 cents, but that idea is tempered with the realization that people will just seek services from UPS or FedEx instead. In other words, consumers don’t want to lose their mail service, but they don’t want to pay to keep it.

But with all the talk of closings and employees being laid off, groups like the Pensacola Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union have pointed out to WebProNews that the U.S.P.S. isn’t dependent on taxpayer dollars and that the idea of a taxpayer bailout is ridiculous. They also say that the revenue losses don’t stem from mail processing or delivery, but rather from a “2006 congressional mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years”, which amounts to $5.5 billion every year to ensure the futures of people who haven’t even been born yet. They also propose that Congress grants the Postal Service access to its own money after billions of dollars were overfunded in their pension accounts. In their view, Congress is largely responsible for the issue and is capable of fixing the problem.

On the government’s end of the spectrum, President Obama has introduced the Postal Plan, which would eliminate Saturday service, saving as much as $3 billion a year. It seems like a fair idea; most post offices around the country already have limited hours on Saturday anyway.

But the plan has been opposed by some and began talks of a new bill introduced to the Senate; the bill went into debate on Tuesday and would allow for regional facilities to keep their overnight delivery capability. This would mean everything for some select postal employees, since it would keep open about half of the 260 postal services which are on the list to close. It will still mean layoffs, however, which apparently can’t be avoided.

Of course, there is also the fact that shouldn’t be overlooked–that some rural communities don’t have access to the internet and still rely heavily on the post office, and those communities would be taken into consideration with the bill and the introduction of closings. For some small towns, the closings have already begun and are taking a toll on their small business industry because of the need to ship packages in a timely manner.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he pushed hard for a moratorium on the closings in his state and won, a brief victory in what may be a long battle.

“The Postal Service is supposed to be a universal service available to people wherever they live in America,” Branstad said. “What they’re doing is going against that premise.”

A representative for the Pensacola Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union says that the U.S.P.S. has survived technology advances before and come out on the other side bigger and better for it, adapting to “the invention of the telephone, the telegraph, the fax machine and more”. They acknowledge that the Internet offers “new and improved services to meet society’s changing needs”, but say that consumers are also still in need of mail service to accommodate their online ordering of goods; the Postal Service, in their opinion, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Do you still use traditional mail services over the internet? Tell us your story–or comment–below.

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  • http://firstdatingnetwork.com/ Jenny

    I think this is sad and many people will suffer from it…

    • jay zelmo

      I work for the post office and it is sad considering they waste so much money doing pointless things and force it down all of our throats then in 2 weeks it changes again gross mismanagement and way to many bosses that really don’t do anything is the real problem.

      • lanaya gardner

        We work go to thoug
        Post office alot!

      • Teresa

        Thanks for speaking the truth, Jay. Good to hear it from an “insider.” Our small town post office is on the chopping block. At the pre-closure meeting, the postal managers explained that the problem is that they are paying an employee for 8 hours a day but they only have 2 hours of work to do. I explained that that’s because they took the work away from the local employee. Our locals are no longer allowed to cancel a stamp and put the envelope in the box or in a sack to go to the next town where it would go out for delivery the next day. No, it has to be trucked to a city two hours away (soon to be three hours away), run through a machine (costing who knows how much) operated by extra people hired to run the machine, then returned to our area – usually in two days rather than one. They said that the current city sorting method is so much more efficient. Several others spoke up in agreement with me, but there was absolutely no convincing the brainwashed postal managers. They know what’s best and they don’t want to be confused with facts.

    • http://none Claus

      Just go to Germany …they Pay without complaining 0.55 € cent

      and by the way My Bank charges me already 45 us cent for Paying a my Waterbill …lol

    • http://www.TransformationalStudies.com Barbara-Lynn

      I use the Post Office to pay all my bills buy stamps,and mail most of my packages. And I have a P.O. Box where I pick up my mail. Where I live the main branch is usually packed with people waiting to do the same. It certainly would be a change of life for me if the USPS closed.

    • Jerrie DeRose

      Our post office closing in Hutchinson, KS, a town of about 4,000 (not including college students), the county seat, and where the state fair is held, has negatively impacted a lot of local and area person. Including myself. The post offices should look at electronic mailing options and selling stamps, mailing labels, etc. on-line. I know many who would be willing to forgo Sat. mail delivery, or even have a post office that is open part time. This would still save jobs.

    • http://www.simpleworkers.com will

      lmao, I run my own stamp company and i love the post office but they get what they deserve. We just this year had simple claims totaling about $6000.00 and yes, as you thought, all were denied if with great paperwork backing any claim up. this is their new goal to save money, let customer pay for insurance and then just reject the claims. Well, they were told a big shock but didn’t care either. I am a large stamp dealer and we ship in a years time anywhere from 50,000 to 250,000 packages yearly, all WERE with the post office. we moved our shipping business with a great deal to fedex. Keep up the good work post office, soon you won’t be in business and yes, i have other revenues and business to keep us afloat. Sad but i smile when i hear stuff like this becasue they are doing it to themselves, so ignorant and they don’t listen to the people. keep raising the stamp prices and you lose more and more mailers as they will go digital and they should, it is easier and delivery is instant. The USPS sucks and i hope they close down but i would feel bad for all the lost jobs but then again, The United States keeps subbing work to foreign countries and making our own country shit so I guess “Shit happens”.

    • Dan

      we need MORE jobs.. not less. Pathetic

  • Jenna

    Times are changing and the post office is not immune to changes. As postage continues to increase, I continue to work around the post office.

    • shawn

      Seriously? Work around the post office? I am a letter carrier and it’s ridiculous that people complain about 45 cents!!! To send a letter anywhere in the U.S. for 45 cents!!! I can’t wait for the day when all you schumucks that pay your bills online will be getting charged about 2 or 3 bucks to pay EVERY bill and you’ll then see that 45 cents wasn’t exactly that bad of a service!!

      • http://www.e-marketingpartner.com Bob

        Why would we get charged 2 or 3 bucks to pay EVERY bill? 45 cents to deliver a letter is a good deal, but raising prices on a product nobody wants isn’t. There is no reason to think that there will ever be an increase on paying bills, doesn’t make sense. Companies like it when you pay them money and are motivated to keep the process as cheap as possible.

        • Clay

          Bob,

          MAny of the online bills being paid today are already charging some fee. Let that be the only option and see how much the price increases. it is already happening. muchless the idea of identity theft over the computer is also an increasing threat. Even $0.50 sounds like a great deal compared to that.

          • Anthony

            I pay ALL my bills online directly at NO ADDITIONAL COST. I can’t see services NOT continuing to take payments directly, thus bill pay services will always compete with those services directly. I can’t beleive people use bill pay services and pay that fee when they don’t have to. To me, If anything I can only see bill pay services going away when people realize (in most cases) you can pay your bills directly online without any extra fees.

        • MaxD

          Then you should go to Comcast then when you want to pay on line they charge you a $5.00 fee for the service to do it, Just to pay it NOW on the last day of the bill so you do not get a Late fee

      • http://webpronews.com Susan Coppersmith

        I kind of agree with you. They lure people into all this free automated stuff then charges come after the majority is on board. Do you remember when they introduced the ATM machine? No charges, easy breezy, and convenient. Now ATM fees are outrageous…

      • Montreal9

        Sounds like you are about ready to go “postal” on us!

      • Walker Bennett

        Anybody who complains about the USPS should be forced to try Canada Post for a month! I moved to Canada about 5 years ago and it was a major sticker shock. First, “it’s lost in the mail” is the norm here. Getting anything delivered here is worse odds than going to Las Vegas. Postage from Ontario to Labrador is around $.80 for a letter. There has NEVER been Saturday delivery in Canada: M-F only. Good luck getting a package delivered. Canada post uses contractors for packages who WONT deliver to the house. Instead they send you a notice that it’s available for pick up at some branch about 5 kilometres away. God bless the USPS!

      • http://www.gayvets.net Roy

        My, my, my now we’re all nothing schumucks and no longer people huh because we all use online bill pay and use either FedEx or ups when we order online, not very good PR for the postal service now is it. Well I got news for you it’s gonna get a lot worse and over half of my mail is either stolen through the postal service, returned as undeliverable or just outright given to others who either keep it or throw it in the trash and complaining about it is like complaining to the man in the moon. One of the postal employees here once told me when I asked him what he was going to do when email really took off and starting cutting into the profits of the postal service. His reply was “We ain’t worried” well buddy it sure sounds like a lot of you postal workers are sure as hell worried now and doing an awful lot of bitchin, pissing and moaning, gripping and blaming it all on congress. Well get a life fellow this is the digital age and the days of snail mail are numbered.

        • http://www.gayvets.net Roy

          Apologies Bob, that was meant for shawn
          April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm and I clicked the wrong reply.

          Again apologies.

        • Marty

          Got to agree. I have lived in a small Canadian town of 5-6000 for over 30 years and everyone knows me by name. We all have to go to the Post office to collect our mail from their boxes because we have no delivery. I have to get my ID out to prove to the postal clerk, who’s had her job for 2 weeks and was transfered in from God knows where, who I am.

          About a month ago I bought a 2 similar products on-line both sent via regular post and sent within a day of each other. One from Ontario and one from Florida. The one from Florida arrived a week and a half before the one from Canada.

          Another time I decided to send a post card to my daughter before I left for home from Hawaii. I sent it 2 days before I left and it arrived before me. Try that with Canada Post.

          We regularly send stuff back and forth to Asia to family members. Canada to Asia up to 3 months. Asia to Canada 1-2 weeks maximum.

          Canada post is a total disaster and it’s always been that way.

        • l aquilino

          You are a liar!

      • Kyle

        Times change. The postal service simply isn’t required in the same capacity as it was before and so changes have to be made to that business.

        The US cannot continue to artifically keep entities afloat that cannot sustain themselves without change.

        At the rate the postal service is increasing fees as appeased to pivoting the business, it will be 2 or 3 bucks for first class mail soon, then what?

  • michelle

    I think no sat mail would be a good start ..dnt think as many jobs would be lost.

    • jay zelmo

      Cutting sat delivery will eliminate over 100,000 job positions

      • http://www.e-marketingpartner.com Bob

        I would like to see a reference for that number Jay. Removing Saturday deliveries would not change the mail volume, so all of that mail would still need to be sorted and delivered, it would just have to be done on Mondays. Most carriers don’t work six days now, so their day off would be moved to Saturday. Fewer substitutes might be needed, but most offices are typically understaffed for subs now and if they are fully staffed those that would be let go are only working 1 or 2 days a week.

  • Bridget

    I think the world of technology will naturally bring about traditional services falling by the wayside. However, there is nothing more sad than people losing their jobs. Today, it is a lot of this going on. Personally, I’m for keeping the postal services open. President Obama is trying to get a bill passed to do just that and stop Saturday services. This seems to be fair enough because layoffs will happen due to the loss of revenue. Hopefully as much good as possible will come from this matter.

  • juan

    People are more about being sheeple than thinking for themselves. Everything done online can be copied and trasfered by anyone just due to a click of a key. I hear more about peoples private info being stolen just because they used a travel agent; stayed in a hotel or have a credit card. Than I hear of mail being stolen. With all the automatic bill pay when fraud does happen it is so much time to track down what happened. When a check is forged the fraud is blatanly evident! Untill the human race goes completely honest I will always use the best way to track my finances! Such as the United States Post Office

    • Paul

      How about getting rid of bulk mail which is crap anyway? Then employees can spend time delivering real mail which will then move faster. The junk mail can go to the internet, which moves at lightning speed. The cost of auto bill pay on the internet is usually much higher than the cost of a stamp. What are people thinking?

  • Kevin

    The first thing the post office should do is become reliable in the services they provide and honest. They lack sorely in both.
    Priority Mail which costs more then First Class mail is often slower then then the latter. The post office regularly does not deliver mail that requires a signature simply coming the door and leaving a sticker that says to come to the post office to pick up because ”you weren’t home” . They also leave oversized items — even those marked ”contains food’ outside mailboxes to melt in the sun.
    They are a dishonest and unprofessional organization which has hurt small business. No sympathy here.

    • shawn

      Our job is to deliver it are we going to take food back to our office and let it rot that way? How is that dishonest we delivered it its at your door step when you get home? Maybe you should do a little shadow day with your regular carrier and see how unprofessional and dishonest he or she really is.

    • John

      Kevin which Postal service are you talking about? In my 45 years I have never seen a Postal Worker or Carrier do anything but handle mail in a very professional manner, now I have seen people treat them like crap.

      Hrmmm maybe you should be nice to your Postal Worker.

  • Hal Teal

    Cut everybody back to $15.00 per hour, take away all the pension plans, sick and personal time and paid holidays, and go back to twice a day delivery and longer hours. Make it competitive and it will work. If the USPS doesn’t want to do it this way, farm it out to another contractor who will.

    • john

      They have already embarked on that, all new employees are part time. Perhaps you would be tempted to take this job when this type of management style affects your job.

    • tiana

      I work for the post office and I am a carrier. Not all of us are like that. Most of us work really hard and do everything right. I do agree that some carriers do lack in performance but that’s something to take up with the post office that serves you. I would just personally disagree with your statement of the post office in general.

    • shawn

      Makes no sense………period

  • http://usunitedpilots@yahoo.com Philo

    Close isreal instesd of our US Postal Service

  • J T

    Hey Amanda you forgot one important fact as the real reason the Post office is losing so much money.It’s the 5.5 Billion dollar payment that Congress forces the Postal Service to make every year to fund future retiree’s benefits. The Post Office receives No Tax dollars.It depends on the sale of products and services entirely for it’s revenue.Yes the Internet has hurt First Class mail,but it has also increased parcels from this fast growing market. Cutting home delivery to 5 days may make many who depend on the Post Office for delivery of their products to abandon the Postal Service altogether.

  • http://yahoo.com howard board

    Just maby everyone could take a 10% pay cut instead of my friends loosing their jobs Greed by a union!!!!

  • Shelley

    A check, envelope, pen and stamp cost less than a computer. Those on a fixed income may not beable to afford a computer, computer repairs, and internet service. Kind of like tranportation…..do I take the bus or learn to drive and buy a car?

    • GMONEY

      Hi Shelley, “A check, envelope, pen and stamp cost less than a computer”, in your own words, yes is cheaper, but add that up over “Years” and all those Stamps and Pens and Envelopes Cost alot of money in the Hundreds over the years on just the Necessary Bills(Power, Water/Sewer, Garbage, Phone, Cable, etc…). You can buy a COMPLETE(monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and tower)computer system for Under $100. Yes it is used and older, but it works and gets the job done to pay bills online. Plus its FREE to pay your bills online*. I know what you are going through as my Mother and Grandmother still use Snail Mail with “CHECKS”(Neither have a Debit Card from their Bank/Credit Union either?) Checks actually have ALL your information Printed right on the Check! Your address, phone number, and your routing number and bank account number!! Checks are Not A Safe way to go these days. Just a thought of Mine and My Opinion on the Comment. Sorry to offend anywone. Greg

      • shawn

        It won’t be “FREE” for long greg….remember that also!! 2 or 3 dollars a bill will be in your future soon enough and then will you just pay it or will you complain that its too expensive?

        • http://www.gayvets.net Roy

          No so Shawn snopes is full of scare stories and hoaxes like yours. And all your doing is deluding yourself.

        • Anthony

          See my post above, I pay my services DIRECTLY at no additional cost (free), bill pay services will always have to compete with the services directly, unless they stop taking direct payments, and I don’t see that happening. I still can believe people pay a bill pay service to pay their bills when they can pay the company or utility in most cases online at no additional cost. The only reason I see to use a bill pay service is for the convenience to do it all in one place, if that cost goes up too much, I can only see people ditching that and paying the services directly.

      • John

        GMONEY you may be right about the cost of a computer, but now factor in the cost of having the internet which in most cases is around $39.95 a month if you want high-speed, and I do not think dial up exist now-a-days, unless you live in a remote area. So I think the cost for the computer are way higher.

  • http://yahoo john swanson

    When i was a kid we had twice a day mail delivery.Morning and afternoon.40″s and 50″s

  • Tony

    The reduction in salary is imperative to keeping the USPS viable. Postal employees have a starting pay of $20.00 plus/hr. This goes up to at least $25.00 within five years. You factor in the extraordinary amount of overtime needed to deliver the mail because of all the sick/vacation time used due to the generous package employees receive. These are jobs that would still get filled at $13-15 per hour because they can retire a lot earlier than the average joe in the private sector. Also, reduce the workforce by about 50% and force the remainder to work harder. When carriers are done with their routes what do they do? Get a coffee, read a mag, make a call, anything except going back to the postal station to avoid extra work before their shift is over. How do I know this? My brother is a postal carrier. They try to outdo each other to see who can be laziest. And supervisors can’t do anything about this because the union will prevent anyone from getting fired short of a postal employee killing someone. Even clever ideas such as having carriers scan a barcode and send it back to the office to see where they’re at on their route doesn’t work because they’ll copy the barcode on their iphone and send it back to the office at designated times. The union needs to be disbanded to fix these problems. People talk about religion as antiquated and needing to get with the times, which in my opinion is society that is in need of a change, yet they protect unions and don’t realize that they have outlived their usefulness. If people, especially liberals, held religion and family in the same esteem as they do civil unions, society would be a much better and more successful place for everyone.

    • shawn

      lol “postal employees have a starting pay of $20″ wow are people really this uninformed about the post office?

  • Steve

    The Postal Service is bleeding out money. Like all businesses when you are losing money things have got to give. The post office need’s to do something. The Federal Employee thinks that their job’s are beyond reproach. Like all employers right now it is time to look at ways to save the the Post office is not special in that way. The Leaders in the USPS have done nothing about this and now it is coming home to haunt them in a big way. We have no more money we are broke. I am sorry for the people involved but something has to give before it all come down like a house of cards.

  • Tom Kinton

    Ask Gov. Branstad how many post office properties he owns and rents back to the Federales……………

  • Mary

    okay – you put 45 cents on a letter – how far can your car go with 45 cents in gas? still the best and cheapest rates in the world for a first class letter – and remember there sre still a LOT of people who depend on the US Postal Service

  • dweezer.dude

    That’s what this country needs more good folkes out-of-work, more services being cut for people that can’t afford or have access to the alternative, jobs lost that aren’t being replaced – thanks Al Gore – as the self proclaimed inventor of the internet – ‘hope your super electric so-called ‘green’ house blows a fuse and you have to sit in the cold and dark and eat cold beans – that’s if you can get the can open – the rich get richer and now the rest of us wont even be getting our mail any more- yet as I post this comment I must admit I am as guilty as Al for the situation- Sorry Post Office – whiskey tango foxtrot – out

  • john

    Technological advances are nice, but there are those that can not afford the internet, smartphones and computers. These are the people that will suffer. I say keep Postal Service going by cutting to M-F service only. This will keep a lot of people working, with less Overtime hours, and keep the poorer and less computer savoy people in touch.

  • Christine

    Why not just sotp mail on wenday and the weedend?

    • http://www.e-marketingpartner.com Bob

      Businesses rely on mail delivery. Stopping delivery on a day of the week would doom the USPS completely. Many businesses would be forced to find an alternate method of sending and receiving letters and parcels and would stop using the USPS on the other days of the week. Saturday will probably work, but Wed will not.

  • jim smith

    As soon as you shut down the post office, then the transaction fee’s start popping up on bill pay.

    If the post office wants to save money stop placing the flat rate boxes out for everyone to conveniently take. I get packages all the time in the mail thru eBay where they have wrapped the product in cardboard (meaning, flat rate boxes) and placed in a bubble envelope. Also, the custom, tracking and misc other forms that people take as well. Easy to grab a handleful that you may use and never do.

  • gail

    Think like rest of big government – too much waste at the top, and sometimes the service is nonexistent. We have not had a regular postman/woman on our route for over 6 months and have suffered – no pickup, no delivery, mail returned to companies with note “no such addressee or address”. Make mail service competitive, bring in non goverment group or groups to manage for a contract – best bid with most competitive price – note not the lowest but the most competitive for services offered.

  • small clothier

    L79393469C
    it is sad; but there is an idea floating around but just like the delivery system of the mail; they must have an act of congress to do anything; how do big corporations get their legislation passed? money?
    what about attorneys? is it legal or knot if it does knot go thru the mail? there is a way so that millions of jobs lost to the internet are made up. but if awl that are saying only the internet, mobile phones, high tech… sorry… i do knot like just talking to an inanimate object…i like people…how about you?

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  • Nancy

    I enjoy getting a Christmas card, B-day card or maybe a magazine. I even love the old printed newspaper that is now coming to an end in my area.. And I do know alot of people who are unable to pay for the internet, cable tv, and home phone because of high cost…Some are disabled and live on a fixed budget or single parents working two jobs to just get by. Sometimes we don’t know how lucky we were growing up, free tv, milk delivery, playing kickball (not video games), not seeing kids on phones at such a young age.. We just basically had fun..

  • http://none Dennis in Winslow, AZ

    I realize that something, that would really help them, needs to be done, but doing things our of shear fear is not the way to go either. They have been hurting for a long time now and it doesn’t seem like they have done “anything” to try and make things better. Now they are going really crazy. My mail box fee has been between $32 up to $38 dollars every six months and now when they are really hurting they just jump my rental fee to $90 every six months. Its the same old crap. Sit on your fanny and doing nothing when it starts to go down hill and then when you do finally do something you come out & burn us royally because of your laziness and not wanting to do something earlier when it actually started. I am just about to build a steel mailbox in my welding shop at home and put it down the road, almost a 1/2 mile from the house and let them deliver my mail instead of me going in and picking it up. I live in the rual area of town because we have horses so they don’t deliver house t house.
    I don’t understand our businesses in America. We are in bad times and every business or just about every business has been raising their prices on us like it (the economy) is doing great. Landlords are even upping their rental costs. Loving people we have for business owners. I realize some of them are forced into raising their prices to some extent because of gas prices, etc. Wal-Mart, who I am not a lover of, has done something for the economy because they have put a new brand of food and items in that is cheaper than the other ones. That brand is “Great Value” & it does save money when you shop there. I have seen a lot of people move because the landlord upped their rent, some of them even upped it by 30% and the owner of the business had to shut down and move out.

  • David

    Time and new technologies stand still for no one.
    I myself realized the convenience of going to the websites and paying the bill by having it witdhdrawn from my bank account at a later date,and saving the postage which seemed to go up every other month.

    The USPS has grown smug in its assumptions that the government will never collapse and their retirements are secure. That would be nice in a perfect world…a vacumn, but I, an average worker have realized that over the past few years because of the immigration influx there will always be someone to work harder for less and be grateful for it.
    Case in point…UPS and FEDEX are the USPS competition.

    We are now more than ever a spoiled nation that “expects” our services to be there to make our life more comfy, well if you have the money to pay for it, it can be that way.

    All of America needs to get back to a honest work ethic, and realize that just because you are physically at the workplace doesn’t mean that you are doing a good job.

    The gist of my comments is that the world is changing and when you have a business you will always have something or someone that will do it better and for less. That’s life dude.

  • FD

    Paycut???? Ok you 1st. USPS is the BEST form of advertising as we ENTER each home, each day, and for the cry baby about PO box fees, Hey we deliver to your door for free, YOU just opt to have a PO box, YOUR CHOICE not ours. So then why dont you just say THANK YOU and be on your way. We are an AMERICAN institution and we spend our money in America. How many companies can say that? Who do you work for?

  • http://wwwmgigantecatering.com larry holman

    I think the post office was in our rights and to change something in order to change with the times is not always the best way remember the patroit act 1441 they have the right to read emails ect even thou the may not be anything to hide its still not totally privite I will not be supporting this bill way not leave it so ppl can choice because when the post offices are gone there gone

  • http://na Doug

    I don’t have a lot of remorse for usps as a company, I am retired military, when i got out i took the test and maxed it, along with 10 pts for being a war vet, Never got a call, was told by two different people, its due to affirmative action.. geesh.. so again.. no remorse for them as a company.
    Ebay probably has kept them alive to this point, dropping sat delivery is a good start.

  • Jason

    The ending of this article is the only smart thing you idiots should pay attention to:

    the USPS will still be needed to ship all the stuff being BOUGHT ONLINE, and the USPS aint going nowhere!!

    Me just need to fire Congress because they are stealing all of our fucking money!!!

  • http://campingwithcharlie.com Charlie

    The problem is all the 2nd and 3rd class mail. 99.9% of the items in my mail box are adds, flyers and junk mail. If they raised the price on those by 5 cents each that would solve the problem. Leave the 1st class price alone.
    Besides, I thought 3rd class items aren’t suppose to be deliveredunless there is a 1st class item going to the same address.

  • http://www.thescrapbookstore.net/shop Kathy

    “Do you still use traditional mail services over the internet? ”
    I use traditional mail services more because of the internet. I have an online store so I am now shipping products which I never did before the internet. I also do a lot of my shopping on the internet, I live in the forest, so it is cheaper to pay postage than it is to drive to the store. Even after the post office says to me, I know the last time we saw your package was in NY 2 weeks ago, were sorry there is nothing we can do about it because it wasn’t insured. (How do you just lose a package? I have to pay you extra to insure that you do your job?) We also still receive all of our bills in paper form so that I have them for taxes.

  • http://www.best-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas.com Renee

    The times have changed—people are conscious about saving trees, the stigma about sending ecards has largely dropped, paying bills & handling transactions online makes life tons easier.

    That said, I hope that the mismanagement of funds such as the Postal Service pre-funding future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years is addressed & corrected. We probably wouldn’t have this issue otherwise. In the meantime, perhaps closing on Sat. would close some gaps, but I do feel for those in rural areas who depend more on the USPS. The U.S. is too big for a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

  • http://Wredlich.com Warren Redlich

    Put the post office up for auction. This is a perfect example of why government should run as little as possible.

    I like my local post office. But it’s not necessary in today’s economy. I used to joke that “government should only defend our borders and pass the mail, and we’re not too sure about the mail.”

  • http://Binoculars4birdwatching.com Rose

    I think arguing over past leadership and policies is a waste of time and energy. The USPS is not the only business affected by universal growth and change. It is an evolutionary process and just like all businesses it is like a chain linked fence. We piggy back off one another. Look towards the future and what will be needed. I do think restructuring of the USPS transportation and proccessing centers is where money is slipping through their fingers. It’s not just the people but owning and keeping these un needed facilities open is ludicrous. I would like to see the Postmaster Generals proactive plan to keep up with the affects of the internet instead of reading about congressional arguments If America wants home delivery and even you Internet people that are so smart, perhaps you can tell them what to expect and help them plan. Don’t take a back seat on this. It’s not a game and something to prove or a popularity contest. In today’s world it’s all about making money. Once we learn we are all in this together then we will we have a solution to enhance growth for the comfort and benefit to all. Keep in mind, their are unions in the USPS. How many unions are there left today? Times have changed and the USPS is caught in the middle of this. They laid the foundation for the Internet and have served the World and supported all that we have today. So let’s hear what you think in the techy world? Do you think Harry Potters mail system is the future?

  • Liz Rainey

    The postal service could survive if they took a good look at FedEx, UPS and DHL. I wanted to send an overnight package on a Friday with USPS, and was informed it would get there Tuesday (within the same state). That is why they are looking at closing. Good riddance!

    • Brandon

      FedEx and UPS definitely ship a large quantity of their packages through the USPS, but at a higher price.

  • http://www.yummyfood.net Guido

    They have to move their core business from letters to small packages.
    As the postacards are going down, e-commerce is going up.
    Here in Italy, a package from 1 to 60lbs, cost € 10 and it hase a 3 days delivery time.
    It’s good for heavy stuff, but is too much expensive for a small, inexpensive, item.
    Sites like e-bay or classified in general are heavily penalized by the shipping costs.
    I suppose is the same in the US, although i’ve seen USPS is rather fairly priced compared to us.

  • Joy

    The problem here is Government and Unions. Get the governments hands out of a Privet Company’s pockets and let the unions and top leaders do there jobs and everything will work out. Can someone tell me Why the Government is telling the Post office what they can and can not do in the first place???

  • http://www.dobege.co.uk Martin

    In the UK we are having another hike in Postal Prices. As we have a number of online business this is affecting us in a big way.

  • http://PlanetThoughts.org David

    The Post Office is great. Delivering mail to the door is a great feat, and in the US it is cheaper than most of the world.

    I don’t know the details of the $5.5 billion annually that is lost to the USPS due to pre-funding, but it sounds like that should be changed by Congress. Meanwhile, the USPS can perhaps innovate new services such as fax service, package preparation service (like the retail companies that do so), or other services that most people do not want to replicate in their homes.

  • wanda

    I still write checks for bills and use snail mail only, and if I want to communicate with a fried I pick up my cell phone and talk in person. I also love to send out cards, forget that impersonal computer stuff.

  • http://www.LoftLivingLA.com Ted Trent

    I don’t think this story can be true. In my opinion, I get more mail everyday than I’ve ever gotten before. The Internet has only INCREASED the amount of mail that people use. Businesses are expanding where they do business. I just don’t believe the post office is going to go away. Won’t happen.

  • http://austincreditgroup.com Steve Gangey

    All correspondence with creditors, and credit bureaus in my business must go through regular mail services. Any other means of communication will not be responded to by these companies. Fax, email, and telephone is not considered legal medium. Original documents, or certified copies, signatures, Notarized work product must go through regular mail to be recognized legally. Sure, some things have moved in the direction of acceptance, but who knows which is which?

  • Carol

    I use the local postoffice all time for mailing packages, simply because it is much easier than trying to get to UPS, and cheaper also, would be terrible to not have one close by.

  • John

    Well I for one think that the internet free-bees will end, once they see that they are the only source, they will start charging and soon we will be back to square one. Paying for a service. And just so people know this, E-mail is not free, yes sending one is butt he service is not free.

    So if you think what you have is free, please take a look and find the hidden costs, I promise you, you are paying for it.

    I for one say keep the Postal Service up and running, just trim the management and restructure the organization, from the top down.

  • Deidre

    I am a substitute mail carrier of five years. I receive NO benefits whatsover even though it is a Federal job. We deliver your mail and packages in any weather for MUCH less than any of our competitors. I have even delivered during a Tropical Storm and nearly got blown off the road! A few things:
    *To reiterate, the USPS currently has to PREFUND retirees for 75 years which is before they are are even born! If Congress wants to fix our financial problem, changing this to a realistic term would save us 5.5 BILLION dollars a year.
    *Stopping Post Office delivery on Saturdays will not resolve anything because the mail still gets processed and we would just have more volume to deal with on mondays, not to mention if there is a monday holday you wouldn’t get your mail until after dark! Also, as previously mentioned the regular carriers would be forced to use saturday as their day off, which is the substitutes guaranteed work day, so we would all have to get second jobs or quit resulting in massive job loss across the country.
    *Another thing that the Post Office can do to save money is forced retirement. There are regular carriers who are in their 70’s-80’s and get paid huge hourly pay. Substitutes cannot move into a regular carrier position until a regular carrier quits, dies, or retires.
    *Saturday delivery at no additional cost to the customer is our primary advantage over our competition. Businesses rely on us to ship items and receive items on saturdays. It makes no sense to remove our advantage!

    • Brandon

      I agree.

  • Juergen

    It seems Congress tries to kill USPS in the long run, using the pensioners fund rules. Thinking like a detective, “cui bono?”, one wonders how many $$ UPS and FedEx are donating to the parties.

    Regarding the postal service itself, I believe it will survive, using modern technology not only for sorting (standard in many countries, not sure about the US) but also for delivering. Think autonomous cars and similar. The internet generates shipments, not only parcels but also letters. The separation between parcel and letter service will break down at some point.

  • http://incomefromhometips.org bj @ Income From Home

    The changing of the retirement/pension requirements is the main reason for the Postal Service’s problems, and it’s basically a union-busting tactic– no more postal service means no more union to campaign against Republican candidates. This is being played out in all sorts of places. Wisconsin is a good example at the state level. The demonization of teachers and the push for charter schools (which aren’t required to hire union teachers) is another. Many of these sneaky little moves that have been put into legislation have been done so by ALEC. I really really hope ALEC loses its 501c3, which will at least slow it down for awhile, though I doubt this Hydra will ever be killed.

  • JenL

    At my previous residence I had one of those bar code scanners for the postman. After about 6 months they stopped using it. At that time I had home delivery and my mail went in a slot and down a shoot into the closet in my house. I truely liked that – mail goes IN the house – not outside the hosue. Anyway I’d see him come, scan the bar code at a particular time and leave and then come back later to deliver. I still use the Post Office, although I do pay lot of bills online for the convenience – I prefer actual bills to arrive in the mail. The bills I do pay online are actually through my credit union who does the actual writing of the check and mailing of the check – all free for me but still using the post office or delivery. I get packages and magazines and don’t have one of those e-readers – I prefer the paper magazine. I hedged against postal inflation by buying MANY MANY forever stamps when they came out. My postal prices for mailing first class aren’t going to go up for MNAY MANY years. I don’t get door to door delivery, that was cut out to save money – seems it must not have saved much money. All my mail atr my current residence is delivered to a “communal” mailbox that I have to go out to. It’s prone to breakins I guess since a few weeks ago mail wasn’t delivered until they fixed the box. I’m glad they didn’t deliver mail to a broken box but maybe the boxes need more security on it? The person who said everyone gets home delivery is wrong wrong wrong. Many rural areas don’t get home delivery. The post office won’t go there. I personally know people who would love it if the post office delivered to their location – but the post office won’t and everyone in those areas is forced to use a PO Box and pay for it. I can certainly see the problem with funding retirement/health for 75 years in advance, it should most likely be a more reasonable amount. I imagine though that if every local, state and federal employer had to do the same we wouldn’t have all the issues with unfunded pensions now. I think future planning is appropriate, just not such a long one. So how should this be resolved. I think cutting the pay is a start. Yes, that hurts a lot, but people are struggling and a reasonable salary for the qualifications needed for the job is something to be considered. The next step is to cut post offices in the BIG cities – not the rural areas. The big cities are the ones where most people use more and more internet services and have access to it. Closing the satelite post offices in the bigger cities where costs are higher is going to be the better route – and have that business go to the main office. Cut the Saturday delivery is OK too. Let’s take it back to how can we best serve the needs of the people needing our services – not how best to line someone’s pockets. Also, have a contest on how the post office can use new technology to upgrade it’s services and keep with the times.

  • YesIHaveOne

    “But with all the talk of closings and employees being laid off, groups like the Pensacola Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union have pointed out to WebProNews that the U.S.P.S. isn

  • http://www.advancedlookinspections.com Inspector Jay

    I try to support the USPS as much as I can. When ever I get a piece of “junk” mail with a “NO POSTAGE NECESSARY … BUSINESS REPLY” envelope in it, I shred the rest of the contents and mail the envelope back empty. I also write something like “Help save Postal Worker Jobs – Support the USPS” and highlight it on the front of the envelope.
    The USPS get paid extra postage for these envelopes and it doesn’t cost me anything but a few seconds of my time.

  • http://www.broadbandall.com Ron

    The post office is obsolete. It is time for it to go bye bye. Old and useless. Its even sadder that its the 2nd biggest employer. People need to diversify their skills and be open to change. You are not going to stop technology advancement. Who sends mail when you can fire off an email.

  • Cindy

    I live in Canada and have two on-line businesses. I rely on Canada Post and USPS to get my products to my customers in the USA. We pay more than 50 cents for a stamp and we have never had Saturday delivery. Our postal device is trying to work WITH the Internet , NOT against it. Maybe USPS just needs to get a little more creative in its business plan. In other words, get with the plan. Embrace the changes and make them work for you not against you.

  • Dick

    I use the postal service to ship orders received via internet as well as advertizing too many of our small business customers. Our reason for advertizing with snail mail is that most companies use spam filters that knock out our efforts to contact them by email. The spam filters are even killing much of our non-advertizing email such as order confirmation notices. So the USPS is going to be here for quite awhile.
    Congress is for the most part a bunch of business inexperienced individuals whose only claim to fame are their law degrees . . . these degrees entitle them to think that they know all things. The USPS mess is an example of why we need to think about the experience of our candidates and to try and keep the closed minded narcissists out of our politics. Let’s take another look at what congress has demanded of the USPS and see if a practical business based approach would correct these unintended consequence. If it proves that they are over-paying or offering retirement that is non-sustainable then the USPS will need to deal with the problems just as a business would . . . otherwise they will fail.

  • John

    Too bad…As one postal worker posted here there are way to many managers and waste. There is no excuse for this as USPS got a real boost with so many people using them for ebay sales(They contracted with Fed Ex to handle small packages and this gave them a brand new revenue source). They also now get business from Fed Ex and UPS on items that are only a few pounds where UPS or Fed Ex delivers to a local office and then USPS handles the local delivery. . . . This is nothing new with ANYTHING the government runs. You could double the amount of money they get and the next day they would be asking for more.

  • Shelby

    I do a lot of ordering of goods on the internet and they for the most part are shipped usps. If the post office closes, I would be without a way of receiving anything. The prices seem to competitive with ups and half of what I order with ups ends up being delivered to the post office for final delivery anyway.

  • http://Www.ibosocial.com/krbender Kobi

    UNLESS THE WWW – INTERNET ALL OF A SUDDEN GROWS WINGS, there will ALWAYS BE A NEED for THE USPS! I pay the majority of my bills online, it’s just easy! There are a few bills, services for which I MUST USE SNAIL MAIL & write a check….for ex. my pool man, my yard man. Now if forced to they may have to get online, but I can’t imagine that! Some areas as mentioned have poor, little & even no Internet access as hard as that may be to believe! What if you need to send a physical item to someone? UPS/FEDEX & USPS all fall into that category! People have been delivering packages since the horse & buggy days!

    Although much sensitive, personal data such as financial transactions, tax filing, etc. is performed online, there is still not 100% security from theft/fraud! Maybe you file taxes online, or submit via Internet, you may also be required to “mail” additional documents. (just an ex.)

    I am not an employee of any of these companies but I did at one point work for a local gov. Agency many years ago. One thing I learned…it was poorly run, managed & a big mess! In my opinion, if the gov. treated agencies such as the USPS like a private businesses owner (a good one) would manage their business, things would probably be a lot better!

    Just my opinion.

  • http://www.youngsebooks.com Jim Young

    We have the right to have the Post Office. They deliver the mail and now many more packages at fairly reasonable rates. They are forced to cut because your government, headed by your beloved dumb Obama, thinks that the Post Office is suppose to have retirement funds put in that would cover the next 75 years. Nobody else has to do that and lose billions every year. Over the past few years, costs have increased and services have been cut. Services have to be added and not cut. Competetive services that only the Post Office can deliver. They can reduce internation costs to make our country more competitive, that can put back shipping by sea, they can reduce bulk mail rates so that businesses can compete with the internet, they can there own social media. This whole thing is upside down and it smacks of more government control and socialism.

  • http://www.bnoticed.com Gregg

    As a small business we still use the post office for sending out thank you gifts, catalogs, samples, and yes… Even checks to pay the bills. We learned quickly when we started our business during the great recession that having the money in our bank account longer made sense when requesting credit from our suppliers and needing to pay upfront on larger orders or if it was our first time using that supplier. We also learned quickly how the post office wastes money and really doesn’t want to pick up the packages that in turn pay their salary. First and foremost we would sometimes forget to put a Priority Mail sticker on the package, but did have the correct postage. Instead of seeing this and putting the sticker on it, they would pay to return the package to us for us to put the sticker on and set it out the next day at no additional cost to us. Does this make any sense??? UPS and Fed-X fix the problem and keep moving the package along. Of course they do charge you for your errors. Our postal delivery person hates that we mail packages and how it is inconvenient for them to have to pick them up without notice. Don’t they have a thing they drive that can be moved and then they can easily pick up the packages that in turn keeps them employed and with a salary??? The postal service is no longer a service and wants us to work for their salary. When we ship smaller packages, it can be cheaper than UPS or Fed-X, but does come with another price… Inconvenience and to hear the postal carriers complain that they have to work for a living. They have chosen, as so many companies who used to be the huge and are now gone, not to change with the times. They keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a new result. INSANITY is the only result to this! They keep hiring and they are already over staffed with snail mail slowing more and more. I do have to agree that it amazes me that it only costs $0.45 to mail a letter anywhere in the US. Although what amazes me more is the fact the postal service somehow believes they are owed something, but don’t want to change with the times, work hard for a living (as the rest of us do), or even provide good (when it should be great) customer service. They have lost and continue to lose the loyalty of their customers.

  • ladonna m. smith

    Being an author I still use both? what if the internet crashes? also how about the dominoes effect closing post office would effect paypal etc

  • Spamexterminator

    This is just stupid. They only thing they can’t compete with is their own inadequacies. The only decline they have seen was the frequency personal letters. In-fact the the number of Registered letters and legal documents has increased, Since they CANNOT be sent via E-Mail(more people = more snail mail). They are just using the digital age excuse to increase their salaries, after if you by something(non-software) online does it come through E-Mail? If you send a gift box/basket to someone can you ship via E-Mail? When you get that summons to appear in court does it come via E-Mail? Does let them fool you snail-mail has increase exponentially since it’s beginning and is still increasing. Their problem is they keep raising their prices forcing people to run to their competition(UPS, FedEx, etc.) and that would be the only reason U.S.P.S has seen a decline not because Snail-Mail has slowed but they are losing costumers.

    • Spamexterminator

      Corrected Grammar And Spelling Errors. This is just stupid. The only thing they can’t compete with is their own inadequacies. The only decline they have seen was the frequency personal letters. In-fact the the number of registered letters and legal documents has increased, Since they CANNOT be sent via E-Mail(more people = more snail mail). They are just using the digital age as an excuse to increase their salaries, after all if you buy something(non-software) online, does it come through E-Mail? If you send a gift box/basket to someone, can you ship it via E-Mail? When you get that summons to appear in court, does it come via E-Mail? Don’t let them fool you, snail-mail has increase exponentially since it’s beginning and is still increasing. Their problem is they keep raising their prices, forcing people to run to their competition(UPS, FedEx, etc.) and that would be the only reason U.S.P.S has seen a decline, not because Snail-Mail has slowed but they are losing costumers. Higher prices = less Consumers, lower quality transactions and Antique methods in a Digital age Opens doors for competitors(i.e. U.S.P.S. You have to pay extra for Insurance UPS free, U.S.P.S. you have to pay extra for tracking UPS more detailed and free, and the likely hood a package sent via U.S.P.S. being damaged is about 60% while UPS is about 10%).

  • http://www.leslielello.com Leslie

    I use electronic communication almost exclusively, but I must say that there is nothing that can be sent electronically that is as special as getting a note or letter or birthday card in snail mail. And I don’t mind paying 50 cents for it.

    Maybe they should just make the spam mail more expensive. Like all of those dumb circulars that come in everyday. It was unrelenting when I lived in Los Angeles.

  • john

    There is much more involved than simple mail. About one third of our UPS deliveries are ‘drop shipped” and delivered by our post office. Voting information and ballets, IRS and other financial documents all would be affected. Believe it or not, many people DO live in no or fringe Internet reception areas and would be totally affected. Reliance on the Internet is certainly not a complete solution and UPS, FedEx and other “for profit’ corporations will NOT be cheaper than the USPS (think about it!). Our postal system would not be in such bad shape if it were not for the costly regulations imposed on it by Congress. Start by fixing that.

  • http://www.rwrinnovations.com Ron Nixon

    My father retired from the post office and I worked as a substitute clerk for 10 months. I also filled in for him on his RFD route for three months when he needed an operation. (I gained a tremendous amount of respect for him during that 3 months!)

    There is and will continue to be a need for the postal service. For some years to come we will have a lot of people who are either not on the Internet or have decided they no longer want to be a part of the digital revolution.

    I remember when families knew the person who delivered their mail. My father told me, before he died, that it seemed like he had a new carrier every few weeks. Postal carriers used to know their customers as well. I have nothing against contractors (I’ve been one myself), but, contractors work for one thing only, a pay check.

    They have no vested interest in the success of the postal service and have no incentive to go out of their way to service post office customers.

    I get packages back that are addressed correctly but stamped unknown or unable to deliver. I remember a time when a letter bearing only the likeness of Alfred E. Neuman was delivered. (According to Mad Magazine writer Frank Jacobs, a letter was once successfully delivered to the magazine through the U.S. mail bearing only Neuman’s face, without any address or other identifying information.)

    There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. My father complained about that when he was working and I saw what he meant during my short time with the post office.

    Get rid of the political appointees. Make the postal service a career like it used to be and pay reasonable wages and benefits. You do not need a college degree to deliver mail. You do not need a college degree to be a mail supervisor. (A business or management degree might help to be run your post office if you have the authority and initiative to make your post office one of the best in the postal service.)

    Years ago the post blew it. They had the chance to innovate and provide email type services to everyone by combining postcards and electronic mail. But they let concerns for privacy get in the way. (There is no privacy when you send a postcard.)

    Get some think tanks going and let employees and entrepreneurs brain storm ways for the post office to take advantage of the nationwide infrastructure that they already have in place.

    Letter carriers and clerks need to be honest, in good health, care about their customers and be willing and able to do a fair days work.

    Supervisors need supervisory training and should come up through the ranks. In other words, learn how to do the jobs that the people you are supervising are doing.

    The post office needs to expand their services. Some post office lobbies should be open 7 days a week accepting and processing mail.

    Speed up deliveries and reduce the cost of mailing for small businesses and individuals. The post office is going in the wrong direction by cutting services and delivery times.

    If a post office cannot pay for itself, contract it out. If a post office is generating a profit, give that postmaster some of the profits and let him or her innovate and try things that will improve their services to his or her community. Let them have fun and once in a while they will come up with something that works that can be copied by other post offices.

    Please don’t give up on our postal service. Get rid of unnecessary management overhead; pay reasonable salaries and benefits based on the work being performed’ improve delivery times and let employees have a say in making things better for everyone.

    Ron Nixon
    Owner of RWR Innovations LLC
    Supporter of a strong, innovative US Postal System

  • http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/ Marty

    Interesting how many of my fellow commenters resent postal employees receiving a living wage. What is it about we Americans begrudging each other a reasonable income while being sanguine about fat cats reaping in hundreds of millions?And nobody seems to recognize the value of the USPS package service that’s highly competitive with UPS/Fedex. Our business depends on that for dependable and affordable delivery service. Sure, the PO is not faultless and undoubtedly political patronage undermines its effectiveness. But compared to entities such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, it is a far more benign and useful entity in the lives of the 99%.

    • Spamexterminator

      There’s another interesting point. U.S.P.S. Employee’s starting pay is $13.45 for doing less work than the Paper Boy who by the way get’s $0.05 per paper.

      The only thing they can’t compete with is their own inadequacies. The only decline they have seen was the frequency personal letters. In-fact the the number of registered letters and legal documents has increased, Since they CANNOT be sent via E-Mail(more people = more snail mail). They are just using the digital age as an excuse to increase their salaries, after all if you buy something(non-software) online, does it come through E-Mail? If you send a gift box/basket to someone, can you ship it via E-Mail? When you get that summons to appear in court, does it come via E-Mail? Don’t let them fool you, snail-mail has increase exponentially since it’s beginning and is still increasing. Their problem is they keep raising their prices, forcing people to run to their competition(UPS, FedEx, etc.) and that would be the only reason U.S.P.S has seen a decline, not because Snail-Mail has slowed but they are losing costumers. Higher prices = less Consumers, lower quality transactions and Antique methods in a Digital age Opens doors for competitors(i.e. U.S.P.S. You have to pay extra for Insurance UPS free, U.S.P.S. you have to pay extra for tracking UPS more detailed and free, and the likely hood a package sent via U.S.P.S. being damaged is about 60% while UPS is about 10%).

  • http://www.blockercreek.com Darrel Dunson

    my bank doesn’t charge for on-line bill pay but, the utility company charges $4.00 per. Snail mail is undependable but, it has its place. Read one comment to get rid of bulk mail (doesn’t that person realize they pay postage too? Granted it is at a lower rate. Pros and cons – If my business doesn’t make a profit, it goes under. Government business should enjoy the “same” benefits as I do. Postal (new) construction has been a recent drain on postal income, and much of it unnecessary. Changes are inevetable – go with it or get run over by it!

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

    When ever the US Congress inserts itself into areas not proscribed by the Constitution and/or the workings of the “free market” it makes a mess of things, over and over and over again.
    And the bigger a Government gets the more unaccountable it gets and the bigger the messes it creates get (just look at this past week’s news and at the various US agencies enveloped in scandal and consider too, the stories that the partisan press is sitting on that have yet to reach the people).

  • http://quitterscanbewinners.com Vic

    Like all good things in life you will miss the United States Postal Service when it is gone.
    It is true that most rural areas do not have internet service and our government, in their lack of wisdom and abundance of greed, is going to close those postal facilites first.
    In the 1960’s the Federal Government decided to allow private, commercial for profit companies such as United Parcel Service, FedEx and other companies take over the United States Postal Service’s parcel post business. How is that working out for you folks that have to ship materials using their service? Is it cheaper or more expensive?
    A first class letter even at the price of $1 is a bargain compared to what you will be paying when your banks and other financial institutions can charge what ever they please to service your bill paying needs.
    Cutting out Saturday delivery will not only slow down the delivery service on Monday but it will cost more in over time pay to catch up with the extra accumulated mail burden.
    It is true that Congress with it’s unreasonable mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund, at the rate of $5.5 billon per year, the health benefits of workers for the next 75 years has caused the annual deficit in the Postal Services revenue. If the private companies that took over the United States Postal Service’s parcel post business had to pay that amount they would be bankrupt and/or charging even higher rates than they presently charge.
    Congress needs to re-examine their priorities and give the American Public the Postal Service they deserve, full six day delivery service to every house hold in the nation.

  • Greg

    We just need the first big disaster and watch everyone complain about not having the postal service.

    This will not happen for many many many years and just like books keep on trucking so will the mail. It will change of course but always be the need to deliver mail … try emailing your “original” copy of a bill or your child’s work of art. ….

  • Alex

    Usps also heavily relied on goiter shipping through priority mail as a more effective option to ups and fedex. Just the equipment find holding of 5.5b / yay needs to change as its bleeding their revenues dry.

  • http://www.inneedofmoney.org Patrick Judge

    yeh its bad but lucky i saw this and would ask that as a distributor for a greeting card sending company if you come across it use it to send cards and gifts by mail rather than ecards, everyone spending money now will keep thing moving, nobody is spending now with the way the economy is going

    Pat

    • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

      And shutting down the USPS also means shutting down all the ancillary businesses that operate based on or because of the USPS.
      The amount of unemployment created by curtailing the postal service would be devastating to the entire US economy.

  • http://mauimassageernesto.com Ernesto

    I rather have my letters, payments and so by de regular mail, I know the technology today is growing so fast. Some retailers like Borders, Block Boster and others have already closed their doors, a lot of people lost their jobs, It is very sad. I love to go to the post office and pick up my mail and packages. We need to do something to save the Postal Service, it’s not a easy task, but I think we need to preserve this service and avoid to laid off thousands of workers, this is a social costs.

  • Chilly8

    The USPS can still survive. There are some online ratailers that will only use the likes UPS or FedEx, if the package is over a certain size or exceeds a certain weight.

    • Spamexterminator

      The only thing they can’t compete with is their own inadequacies. The only decline they have seen was the frequency personal letters. In-fact the the number of registered letters and legal documents has increased, Since they CANNOT be sent via E-Mail(more people = more snail mail). They are just using the digital age as an excuse to increase their salaries, after all if you buy something(non-software) online, does it come through E-Mail? If you send a gift box/basket to someone, can you ship it via E-Mail? When you get that summons to appear in court, does it come via E-Mail? Don’t let them fool you, snail-mail has increase exponentially since it’s beginning and is still increasing. Their problem is they keep raising their prices, forcing people to run to their competition(UPS, FedEx, etc.) and that would be the only reason U.S.P.S has seen a decline, not because Snail-Mail has slowed but they are losing costumers. Higher prices = less Consumers, lower quality transactions and Antique methods in a Digital age Opens doors for competitors(i.e. U.S.P.S. You have to pay extra for Insurance UPS free, U.S.P.S. you have to pay extra for tracking UPS more detailed and free, and the likely hood a package sent via U.S.P.S. being damaged is about 60% while UPS is about 10%). U.S.P.S. Employee’s starting pay is $13.45 for doing less work than the Paper Boy who by the way get’s $0.05 per paper.

      • Spamexterminator

        Maybe if the effin Government quit trying to screw the little guy, got their heads out of their arses and finally got with the program. Instead the give us more money we are failing line, maybe they should try we have improved our methods you now get free more detailed tracking and free insurance up to$???.??(UPS is first $100 is free) along with, if it fits it ships slogan. All the while keeping their prices competitive, maybe just maybe people would be more likely to use U.S.P.S. more often. Though it will probably be very difficult to get people back after they have been treated so poorly. $0.50 per stamp is absolutely ridiculous for sending a piece of paper when held up to it’s free counterpart E-Mail. Focus more on EVERYTHING that will NOT fit into an E-Mail and… improve… improve… IMPROVE… Or the only places left for handling the Snail-Mail will be your competitors.

  • http://www.amyspaintedhouseandmore.com Amy

    The US Post Office is a very important part of my business process. My postal branch is very busy…..I think it is vital, at least from what I see……It would hurt me if it were eliminated….

  • http://www.goldcurrent.net Gold Current

    This economy is the worst since the last depression.
    The Post office is simply experiencing the effects like any other business.
    Less commerce = Less mail / physical deliveries.

  • http://www.rainbowriting.com Karen Cole

    Our family uses both Internet email and the post office for a lot of different things. I use email primarily to contact clients and workers for my agency, but I use the post office: for a post office box address for our business; to receive various forms of business and personal mail at our PO box; to mail out packages; to receive packages. So we do use both, and I would be very hampered if the post office services were to permanently close down. But I do understand the problems.

  • http://topshelfcopy.com Doc Sheldon

    I’m retired now, living in Mexico, where the postal service is ignored by everyone, including the government, because it’s so unreliable. As an example, I once mailed 25 Christmas cards the first week of December… only 8 of them ever arrived, and two that did were finally delivered in April! So cry me a river!

    Yeah, the USPS has some serious management issues, and personally, I believe a lot of their problems stem from the union. But I’ve lived in eleven different countries, almost all of which had an established national postal service, and I can tell you, the USPS, even on its WORST day, outshines them all in terms of reliability and cost.

    I’m old enough to remember posting one cent post cards and three cent letters, so the increases bug me too. But if you look at the cost in terms of the Consumer Price Index increases, it’s really not out of line. So paying a reasonable amount for what I consider to be the best postal service in the world is still better than the alternatives.

    Because I’m not in the US right now, paying online is much more convenient for me. I wouldn’t even consider trying to mail a payment from here. And my bank charges me $6.95/month, whether I make one payment from my bank account or a dozen. But the beauty of it is, I have the choice. If the USPS was funded by our taxes (which has been raised repeatedly as a suggested “solution”), I have no doubt it’d cost me a lot more than it does now. And I’d lose that choice, unless I care to pay twice.

    My suggestion would be to try to keep things in perspective. Mailing a first class letter in the US costs a good bit less than in many developed nations, while the probability of secure and timely delivery is orders of magnitude better than nearly anywhere in the world.

  • http://theartinquirer.blogspot.com Jose Carrilho

    Hi,

    I’m Portugal and it’s been several years that I’ve been sending mail to US and receiving. I use the Portuguese postal services and I like to get my mail sent through USPS.
    From the experience that I have, the employees of the USPS, namely the mailmen/women are dedicated people who worry about getting the mail delivered.
    I’m aware that in the recent years, prices went up, namely because the size of the package influences the price alot, while here in Portugal is more about the weight; the size is not that relevant.
    People must realize that some public services may not turn profitable, what is needed is for the Government to manage well other profitable areas in order to compensate those services.

    For insteance, here in Portugal the public transports have deficit, but to turn that into superavit, they’d have to rise the prices in a way that many people could not afford. So, as I said, one needs to have profit in other areas to compensate those that are difficult to turn out profitable.

    Sincerely, I think that you guys won’t get a better service that the one offered by USPS, unless you want to pay more.

    José

  • http:www.uslabel.net Roy Harris

    The Postal service will survive as small business still uses admail

  • http://www.illustrationsbyphil.com Phil

    As sad as the passing USPS is, one must realize it is not about money or budgets, or irrelevant services etc…funneling all correspondence into the internet allows a one point likelihood of monitoring everything. Pieces of paper flying around in airplanes is much more difficult to survey. The great internet revolution has been a fantastic, easy, and fun way to keep tabs on everybody everywhere.

  • http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/ Marty

    Interesting how many commenters resent postal employees receiving a living wage. What is it about Americans begrudging each other a reasonable income while being sanguine about fat cats reaping hundreds of millions in salaries and perks? Nobody seems to recognize the value of USPS package service that’s highly competitive with UPS/Fedex. Our business depends on it for dependable and affordable service. Sure, the PO is not faultless and undoubtedly political patronage undermines its effectiveness. But compared to predators such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs, it is a far more benign and useful entity in the lives of the 99%.

  • http://www.lifepharma.com Ben Falvy

    I send 30-40 small parcels every week via USPS; orders I get via the Internet; postage costing between $40-90.00$ It gets delivered in the US in 2-4 days overseas in 7-10 days. They only lost one parcel in five years; probably stolen ? UPS or FedEx can’t come near their price specially overseas deliveries where they have to add $30-40 buck for custom brokerage. So cut the pension crap and keep USPS. Nice people work there. Ben

  • Rob Gustave

    I have to mail packages the internet just doesn’t have a star trek transporter yet; (but boomtubes should exist ala K+Jack Kirby New Gods related series). Send my family my percentage for sharing this idea. Multibillion dollar idea. Thanks. I hope the USPS always exists and even rolls back some prices. For I do not care how long some of my stuff takes to get somewhere. (A slow rate should exist).

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    The post office has been a mismanaged gravy train for years and now they’re complaining about not having enough money to survive. Big deal.

  • Drape

    I send small parcels from Los Angeles to New York, it costs less than $3 with the USPS, normal delivery 2 – 5 days, average 3 days, it includes Saturday delivery.

    With UPS, the cheapest is about $8, takes 5 business days and no Saturday delivery.

  • //n/a...lol radford

    Take away the snailmail??? Nutz! This is another “BAD IDEA” pushed by the moneychangers.
    When a computer is given to me, I will consider going online with all my business. Until then, I am “none of their business”!!!
    This is a “borrowed” PC … I refuse to invest in instant communication! …and the total lack of privacy which goes with using one! Plastic $ and the “private” on-line communication is a joke! Every time your plastic is swiped… there goes your entire financial history / address / preferences to every survey / marketing scumbag. Don’t believe me? Witness your junk mail , both on-line and USPO. See the mailing label? Where did “they” get this? Right! How do you spell “cash”???

  • http://www.marketsharewebdesign.com Kathy

    They have sealed their own fate. They have not kept up with the times nor do they have any plan to. I say shut them down today and the world would be better off. Why delay the inevitable? It will happen anyway.

  • http://www.ericgillette.com Eric Gillette

    You know, I can understand everyone’s points in these comments. I read them all! I think that the Postal Employees (like Shawn) make good points, but I also think that the people making comments about the postal service’s ACTUAL service also make good points. Yet, further to this, I understand the point a few of the other postal workers made as well that some postal workers are just not meeting the same requirements as others, and yet people view the ENTIRE postal service as being terrible based on their experience with a specific mail carrier or post office. All I can say is I have family that works for the postal service who exemplify high standards, and I have also sent lots of mail/packages through the postal service in my almost 12 years of doing business online. That said, it doesn’t change my opinion that the postal service (like any other business that does the work it does) needs a serious overhaul. If a mail carrier receives too many complaints (say 5 complaints in a 12 month period), they should be replaced. There are far too many people who would value having such a job, and will do it properly and receive no complaints. At the same time, in order to avoid complaints with specific mail carriers, I think the USPS should institute a national standard that all postal employees must meet in order to be considered for continue employment (or to start employment) with the postal service. This would help to eliminate those isolated incidents where postal employees “drop the ball”. In addition, I’ve also been to post the office in more than one location, and the employees behind the window, who have lines of customers to deal with all day, tend to act as if they’re doing you a favor when you come in and pay money (i.e. their salary, which is pretty good in this economy) to have packages/mail delivered even when you are kind and nice to them, I’ve personally experienced them treating me like a number, or “dragging their feet” (i.e. taking their time and acting like they don’t want to be there) to perform a specific service for me and other customers. Unfortunately, it causes me to view the Postal Service in a negative light, even though I know that not all post offices operate that way, and there are actually postal employees who work with a smile, and treat you like a valued customer. In my experience though going to different post offices, the negative treatment and experiences seem to be the norm when compared to services like UPS and FedEx. I have had a P.O. Box with the postal service, and things often got returned because the employee failed to read the address or name properly, which to me is unacceptable. With UPS/FedEx (I use UPS more than FedEx), I’m always greeted with a smile (no matter the employee) and they always seem eager to help me get my package delivered in the fastest fashion possible. UPS and FedEx have also increased their costs in the many years I’ve shipped and received packages through them, and I agree that the Postal Service should follow suit, however, there is a certain expectation of reliability that is expected with UPS and FedEx, that just doesn’t seem to be matched by the postal service on a large scale. Shipping a package with UPS or FedEx using the “ground” method, which is equivalent to USPS’s First Class Mail is an entirely different experience. Sure, UPS and FedEx will cost more to deliver the same package, but you get a tracking number which is confirmed upon delivery, in addition to the fact that you can track the package as it arrives/departs specific facilities, and so forth, and finally when it’s delivered, you know (is most cases anyway) the time/date it was delivered and who signed for it — try receiving that level of service with the Postal Service. You can buy “Delivery Confirmation” or “Signature Confirmation” for an extra fee (which is good, but instead of charging the extra fee, but perhaps it’s a better idea to just include it and make it a standard offering as part of a new USPS “Ground Service”), but with “Delivery Confirmation” you only get an update when the package has arrived, and can’t track its arrival/departure from specific facilities which would be critical in determining where a package may have been lost/mis-sorted for example. In addition, in my experience with “Signature Confirmation” the USPS simply leaves a sticker in the person’s mailbox, which defeats the whole purpose of delivering to the person’s door, and having them sign for the package in question. I’ve had several packages returned to me after paying for “Signature Confirmation” simply because the carrier left a notice in the person’s mailbox which required them to pickup the package from their local USPS facility. It’s even happened to me when I’ve been the recipient! So I think the USPS often leaves things to be desired, which causes the dissent so many people have towards the USPS. On the same note though, I think if the USPS adopted employee “standards” like UPS/FedEx do, implemented a letter carrier complaint system which would cause an incompetent letter carrier to lose their job after enough complaints from residents, and perhaps further developed their existing services to become more reliable and robust, they’d be able to compete better with UPS and FedEx. I think it’s pretty bad when I send two identical packages overnight using the Postal Service (with Signature Confirmation) and using UPS (with Signature Confirmation) and the UPS package is delivered on time the following day before 11AM, and the equivalent package is delivered not the next day, but the day after because the USPS letter carrier didn’t go the customer’s door, but instead left a letter in their mailbox, and the customer had to pick up the package the next day after work. When your service is like that, it leaves much to be desired, and inevitably people will simply move to more reliable and dependable carriers like UPS/FedEx. After all, if the USPS had done it’s job accurately, and dependably from the beginning (and perhaps it did in the early stages, but current day USPS leaves much to be desired in a lot of cases), services like UPS and FedEx wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on. Personally, I have a box with UPS, because some places won’t deliver to a P.O. Box, but they’ll deliver to a UPS store address no problem. Recently the Postal Service started offering an equivalent service (free too). Now that is how you compete, and ensure that your customers are happy (I personally think they should have charged an additional fee for that service). But again, it seems like USPS always brings up the tail end with innovation and ways to make the customer’s life easier. Why wait for UPS or FedEx to create a new innovation? Where are the brains of the postal service?? It seems like the USPS is always on the heels of UPS or FedEx because they launch services *AFTER* UPS or FedEx has already done it in a “copycat” fashion. The USPS should be the innovator, and creator, and set the standard that UPS and FedEx follow, not the other way around. Unfortunately, bureacrats, red-tape, unions, and Postal Workers who are only around to “earn a buck” will forever plague the USPS unless they strategically re-structure their core offerings, and force their employees to adopt a common and national standard (that can weed out the “poor” employees). Until then, I’ll continue to use UPS when delivery has to be guaranteed, and I’ll keep my UPS Store box which accepts all packages, regardless of whether or not my first name appears on a package, or my company name, as long as it’s addressed properly it ends up being delivered to me. I do feel a sense of remorse for the good postal employees (some of which have commented here) who will unfortunately be affected by the negative press and negative policies that may cause them to lose their jobs as a result of the ideas the USPS decides to employ (like eliminating Saturday delivery) rather than employing the robust ideas that would truly make them a competitor in the field. At the same time, I feel that the poor postal service employees losing their jobs wouldn’t cause me to lose any sleep at night, because by my standard (which is the standard set by exemplary USPS employees, UPS employees, and FedEx employees), they’d be working at McDonald’s or someplace where the world didn’t depend on their diligence.

  • http://www.ericgillette.com Eric Gillette

    (Re-posted to make it easier to read):

    You know, I can understand everyone’s points in these comments. I read them all! I think that the Postal Employees (like Shawn) make good points, but I also think that the people making comments about the postal service’s ACTUAL service also make good points.

    Yet, further to this, I understand the point a few of the other postal workers made as well that some postal workers are just not meeting the same requirements as others, and yet people view the ENTIRE postal service as being terrible based on their experience with a specific mail carrier or post office.

    All I can say is I have family that works for the postal service who exemplify high standards, and I have also sent lots of mail/packages through the postal service in my almost 12 years of doing business online. That said, it doesn’t change my opinion that the postal service (like any other business that does the work it does) needs a serious overhaul.

    If a mail carrier receives too many complaints (say 5 complaints in a 12 month period), they should be replaced. There are far too many people who would value having such a job, and will do it properly and receive no complaints.

    At the same time, in order to avoid complaints with specific mail carriers, I think the USPS should institute a national standard that all postal employees must meet in order to be considered for continue employment (or to start employment) with the postal service. This would help to eliminate those isolated incidents where postal employees “drop the ball”. In addition, I’ve also been to post the office in more than one location, and the employees behind the window, who have lines of customers to deal with all day, tend to act as if they’re doing you a favor when you come in and pay money (i.e. their salary, which is pretty good in this economy) to have packages/mail delivered even when you are kind and nice to them, I’ve personally experienced them treating me like a number, or “dragging their feet” (i.e. taking their time and acting like they don’t want to be there) to perform a specific service for me and other customers.

    Unfortunately, it causes me to view the Postal Service in a negative light, even though I know that not all post offices operate that way, and there are actually postal employees who work with a smile, and treat you like a valued customer. In my experience though going to different post offices, the negative treatment and experiences seem to be the norm when compared to services like UPS and FedEx. I have had a P.O. Box with the postal service, and things often got returned because the employee failed to read the address or name properly, which to me is unacceptable. With UPS/FedEx (I use UPS more than FedEx), I’m always greeted with a smile (no matter the employee) and they always seem eager to help me get my package delivered in the fastest fashion possible.

    UPS and FedEx have also increased their costs in the many years I’ve shipped and received packages through them, and I agree that the Postal Service should follow suit, however, there is a certain expectation of reliability that is expected with UPS and FedEx, that just doesn’t seem to be matched by the postal service on a large scale. Shipping a package with UPS or FedEx using the “ground” method, which is equivalent to USPS’s First Class Mail is an entirely different experience. Sure, UPS and FedEx will cost more to deliver the same package, but you get a tracking number which is confirmed upon delivery, in addition to the fact that you can track the package as it arrives/departs specific facilities, and so forth, and finally when it’s delivered, you know (is most cases anyway) the time/date it was delivered and who signed for it — try receiving that level of service with the Postal Service. You can buy “Delivery Confirmation” or “Signature Confirmation” for an extra fee (which is good, but instead of charging the extra fee, but perhaps it’s a better idea to just include it and make it a standard offering as part of a new USPS “Ground Service”), but with “Delivery Confirmation” you only get an update when the package has arrived, and can’t track its arrival/departure from specific facilities which would be critical in determining where a package may have been lost/mis-sorted for example. In addition, in my experience with “Signature Confirmation” the USPS simply leaves a sticker in the person’s mailbox, which defeats the whole purpose of delivering to the person’s door, and having them sign for the package in question.

    I’ve had several packages returned to me after paying for “Signature Confirmation” simply because the carrier left a notice in the person’s mailbox which required them to pickup the package from their local USPS facility. It’s even happened to me when I’ve been the recipient! So I think the USPS often leaves things to be desired, which causes the dissent so many people have towards the USPS. On the same note though, I think if the USPS adopted employee “standards” like UPS/FedEx do, implemented a letter carrier complaint system which would cause an incompetent letter carrier to lose their job after enough complaints from residents, and perhaps further developed their existing services to become more reliable and robust, they’d be able to compete better with UPS and FedEx.

    I think it’s pretty bad when I send two identical packages overnight using the Postal Service (with Signature Confirmation) and using UPS (with Signature Confirmation) and the UPS package is delivered on time the following day before 11AM, and the equivalent package is delivered not the next day, but the day after because the USPS letter carrier didn’t go the customer’s door, but instead left a letter in their mailbox, and the customer had to pick up the package the next day after work. When your service is like that, it leaves much to be desired, and inevitably people will simply move to more reliable and dependable carriers like UPS/FedEx.

    After all, if the USPS had done it’s job accurately, and dependably from the beginning (and perhaps it did in the early stages, but current day USPS leaves much to be desired in a lot of cases), services like UPS and FedEx wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on. Personally, I have a box with UPS, because some places won’t deliver to a P.O. Box, but they’ll deliver to a UPS store address no problem. Recently the Postal Service started offering an equivalent service (free too). Now that is how you compete, and ensure that your customers are happy (I personally think they should have charged an additional fee for that service). But again, it seems like USPS always brings up the tail end with innovation and ways to make the customer’s life easier. Why wait for UPS or FedEx to create a new innovation? Where are the brains of the postal service?? It seems like the USPS is always on the heels of UPS or FedEx because they launch services *AFTER* UPS or FedEx has already done it in a “copycat” fashion. The USPS should be the innovator, and creator, and set the standard that UPS and FedEx follow, not the other way around.

    Unfortunately, bureacrats, red-tape, unions, and Postal Workers who are only around to “earn a buck” will forever plague the USPS unless they strategically re-structure their core offerings, and force their employees to adopt a common and national standard (that can weed out the “poor” employees). Until then, I’ll continue to use UPS when delivery has to be guaranteed, and I’ll keep my UPS Store box which accepts all packages, regardless of whether or not my first name appears on a package, or my company name, as long as it’s addressed properly it ends up being delivered to me. I do feel a sense of remorse for the good postal employees (some of which have commented here) who will unfortunately be affected by the negative press and negative policies that may cause them to lose their jobs as a result of the ideas the USPS decides to employ (like eliminating Saturday delivery) rather than employing the robust ideas that would truly make them a competitor in the field. At the same time, I feel that the poor postal service employees losing their jobs wouldn’t cause me to lose any sleep at night, because by my standard (which is the standard set by exemplary USPS employees, UPS employees, and FedEx employees), they’d be working at McDonald’s or someplace where the world didn’t depend on their diligence.

  • http://www.webdesignghana.org Web Deign Ghana

    As much as a convenience that it will offer people, its still sad to see the post office going out of business. My local post office is now turning into a money transfer agency. Its true that with the availability of the internet, its obvious that the post office will really go out of business.

    Even in rural communities, there are mobile phones that will do the job of the post office.

    But there is still some stuffs that needs to go through the P.O. anyway.

  • TMoore

    Okay, I’m reading a lot of pros and cons to the issue, but let me educate you.
    – We didn’t complain when the USPS was subsidized by the government and was a government agency. Our tax dollars paid for the difference. Then some stupid bean counter at Treasury decided that the USPS could be privatized. That was when the trouble started. So if you want to blame someone, blame government.
    – Both FedEx and UPS are way more expensive to ship products than USPS ever was. They also only ship Monday through Friday, so letting USPS not open on Saturdays is a no-brainer to save money.
    – Small businesses need the USPS to ship physical, tangible goods, from books to refrigerators. There is no way to “beam” a product anywhere. Got that? Small business still need to truck the stuff to somewhere to mail it. They also have the right to not use any of the other services. USPS has had a sterling record for delivering the mail; ie: getting it from point A to point B. And they do it in all sorts of weather except tornados and snowstorms.
    – If rural USPS hubs close, then the USPS might as well hang its “CLOSED” shingle for good. You can just stop servicing those communities just because they are not cities.
    – The ONLY solution to this is to return it to government control, because government caused the problem in the first place. Then commerce can regain its footing by ensuring that there is a reliable, efficient mail service no matter what happens.

  • http://win-soft.com Paul Cormier

    The USPS is totally lacking in innovation. Allowing anyone to print their own postage would drop costs dramatically; stamp manufacturing, machine readability, improved routing, etc, not to mention that more people might use the USPS if they didn’t have to go stand in line at the Post Office. Instead, what do they do? They make printing your own postage more expensive than buying stamps!?!

    The issue isn’t “Competing With the Internet”, it’s leveraging the Internet. It’s be relatively easy to track EVERY letter you send if you printed your own postage. How many more would use the USPS then? There are all kinds of ways to innovate and make the USPS better instead of just cutting off parts.

    Raleigh Marketing & Web Design

  • kingofnyct

    everyone is complaining about the USPS, but you will notice the article mentions that CONGRESS is to blame. wow what a surprise! our CONGRESS is to blame for every problem you can think of. they are completely mindless competent peons who need to be voted out!

    • Spamexterminator

      Competent Don’t you mean Incompetent. What do you expect this is what happens when you mix Religion and Politics.

  • Arthur Baldwin

    Yes, the USPS can survive the digital age. If they shift their focus from “end user mail” to “business mail”. Priority mail is a great choice for businesses who sell on EBay. But they are going to need a change of website design and a change of their own employees’ attitudes in order to pull it off.

  • Sam

    USPS will survive, just as books will survive. There is a sense of decorum involved. Receiving a hand written letter or a special card with a handwritten note is a special treat. Also, many packages are less expensive to ship via USPS and the boxes are free. Finally, I feel a certain pride in a public mail service with a long history.

  • Bryan

    It’s going to be extremely difficult. You still have your old-timers and diehards out there who like doing things the traditional way. And also, the mail and UPS systems may survive for a while because everyone still doesn’t own or have access to a computer.

  • http://www.computerhowtoguide.com Computer How To Guide

    More jobs lost due to advancing technology. Sad…

  • Mary

    i like President Obama’s plan of closing the post office on Saturdays
    to save 3 billion dollars…alot of people need the post office
    due to not having a computer or do no want one. i have a computer but still perfer to walk to the mailbox to send mail and get mail. i think the president has a great idea. the small post office need to stay here.
    i really hope it works out for we need the post office in small towns
    just as we need post carriers. i like letters from my grandchildren
    and seeing them in the mailbox.

  • Done

    Our mail delivery has been terrible for years. Several times per year we have to call the post office to ask them to locate our mail/packages that were misdelivered. Each time the person we speak to groans and says something like “I knew it would be that carrier. We’ll speak to him again.” or “We’ve got another meeting scheduled with him.” Our neighbors in our townhome association have the same problems, and this has been discussed at association meetings for the LAST 4 YEARS but here we are, still with the same carrier, still not getting our mail. This past week when I called I was told that many of our neighbors had also called this week and all of us were missing mail. I’m waiting for a call this morning to learn if my mail will ever be located. If I made this many mistakes on my job I would have been unemployed years ago, but then, I have to perform well to keep my job and don’t have a union to protect me if I prove to be careless and incompetent. If I could rely on the postal service I would be happy to use their services and pay the necessary costs. Since I cannot will now make every attempt to completely avoid the U.S. Postal Service in the future.