Stopping Saturday Mail Delivery

Stopping Saturday Mail Delivery

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Piper

Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Feb 17, 2012
For me, if you get a bill/statement chances are one will not take care of it till Monday anyway. For me if they stop Saturday mail service I will not object but the post office employees will scream because they are losing their over time pay probably. But to mail a letter now is 44 cents and they want to raise the price the of a first class letter probably going up to 48 or 50 cents to mail a letter/card. I say stop Saturday delivery!
Voice Of Reason

Danville, KY

#2 Feb 17, 2012
No one will miss it if they stop. As for the increase in stamp prices, that doesn't bother me, either, because we don't go through more than 20 stamps a year, tops. The part that sucks is the increase in package prices. I sell on ebay and the more people have to pay for shipping, the less they bid on your items.
ebay

Centerville, TX

#3 Feb 17, 2012
Voice Of Reason wrote:
No one will miss it if they stop. As for the increase in stamp prices, that doesn't bother me, either, because we don't go through more than 20 stamps a year, tops. The part that sucks is the increase in package prices. I sell on ebay and the more people have to pay for shipping, the less they bid on your items.
How do know nobody will miss it?
Will Not Miss It

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Feb 18, 2012
for me I hope they do stop Saturday mail delivery----why does one need Saturday deliver, REALLY? If the POST OFFICE wants to stay in business then they need to work 5 days a week and forget Saturday delivery---save that money and give the workers time with families and love ones.Considering insurance, gasoline, wages, electricity and other cost I do believe they could save money and stay in business.
Hmmmmmm

Upton, KY

#5 Feb 18, 2012
They could actually go to delivery 3 days a week, say monday/wednesday/friday, and it would work out just fine.

They could still have people in there mon-sat prepping mail for the next delivery day, so that way the carriers aren't getting completely screwed on their hours (so it would be like a 6 hour day for pay, and there would be no mileage having to get paid out).

That way, if you came in to town, you could ask at the counter to pick up your mail if you like. The front window with the clerks should probably still be open for regular hours, even if they do away with a delivery day or three.
Idiots

Elizabethtown, KY

#6 Feb 18, 2012
I pay all of my bills online now so I don't care if Saturday deliveries stop. All I get is junk mail anymore. I can't even remember the last time I put something in the mailbox and put the flag up. If I need to mail a package, I use UPS.
ebay

Centerville, TX

#7 Feb 18, 2012
Idiots wrote:
I pay all of my bills online now so I don't care if Saturday deliveries stop. All I get is junk mail anymore. I can't even remember the last time I put something in the mailbox and put the flag up. If I need to mail a package, I use UPS.
Out of curiosity, do you ever compare the prices of those packages that you send UPS to the prices of the post office?
nobody

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Feb 18, 2012
they need to do something different. i recently sent a package to n.y. they told me it would take three days for it to arrive. it took 15 days to get to n.y. i could have walked it there in that time
Idiots

Elizabethtown, KY

#9 Feb 18, 2012
ebay wrote:
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Out of curiosity, do you ever compare the prices of those packages that you send UPS to the prices of the post office?
USPS is typically cheaper, but from my experiences UPS has been quicker. I tried sending something via USPS and the person wasn't very helpful, almost rude, so I never bothered going there again. When I've received packages via USPS they've either tried cramming them in my mailbox or it arrived way later than expected.
JOe

Clarkston, MI

#10 Feb 18, 2012
I think they could do with Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Because most people use the internet now. It would save alot of money. Post Office needs to make cuts like everyone else has.
posty

Centerville, TX

#11 Feb 18, 2012
JOe wrote:
I think they could do with Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Because most people use the internet now. It would save alot of money. Post Office needs to make cuts like everyone else has.
Actually, the post office has made cuts.
Will Not Miss IT

Elizabethtown, KY

#12 Feb 19, 2012
posty wrote:
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Actually, the post office has made cuts.
Posty wouldn't the post office save alot more by cutting out a Saturday open day, stop all mail services for the weekend? Really, I for one believe it could save more dollars. Let the postal workers work 8 hours day five days a week. I would suggest a 8 am till 5 PM with an hour off for lunch...should work great.
Keenanv

Somerset, KY

#13 Feb 19, 2012
Will Not Miss IT wrote:
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Posty wouldn't the post office save alot more by cutting out a Saturday open day, stop all mail services for the weekend? Really, I for one believe it could save more dollars. Let the postal workers work 8 hours day five days a week. I would suggest a 8 am till 5 PM with an hour off for lunch...should work great.
I DO believe you have a nice plan there - hope it will one of many considered!
posty

Centerville, TX

#14 Feb 20, 2012
Will Not Miss IT wrote:
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Posty wouldn't the post office save alot more by cutting out a Saturday open day, stop all mail services for the weekend? Really, I for one believe it could save more dollars. Let the postal workers work 8 hours day five days a week. I would suggest a 8 am till 5 PM with an hour off for lunch...should work great.
Actually, the post office has cut back a great deal of clerks across the country to 30 hours and hired in new employees making considerably less money with no benefits to make up the difference. A lot of the 40 hour clerks who are left will probably retire in the next few years and I doubt they'll be replaced. So they should be saving money there. SHOULD be. They also are consolidating a great number deivery routes.
The biggest benefit in stopping Saturday delivery would definitely be in fuel costs associated with not having any carriers on the street. The biggest problem in my mind would be that Monday is the heaviest mail day of the week, so you would have Saturday's mail added to Monday's mail probably resulting in overtime. You could delay some of the mail to deliver on Tuesday, but then service just keeps getting worse and you lose customers. I think they could save money by closing small offices, but then you have the people of those communities going to their Congressmen, who don't want to be the ones to vote to close their constituents post office, even if it isn't viable.
Will Not Miss IT

Elizabethtown, KY

#15 Feb 21, 2012
If my daily mail were to arrive before 4 PM everyday I might be surprized but chances of that are slim to none! I'm still for closing Saturday mail. So what if Monday is a heavy day what does not get sorted and delivered on Monday they will get on Tuesday. No biggie.....if something is that big of a deal that it has to reach somewhere by a specific date then pay the extra postage to get it there quicker/overnight/etc. If bills/statements have to be paid the day you receive them then by all means go to automatic bank draft have the darn thing taken out of your bank account! There are ways around this Saturday no service day!
posty

Centerville, TX

#16 Feb 21, 2012
Will Not Miss IT wrote:
If my daily mail were to arrive before 4 PM everyday I might be surprized but chances of that are slim to none! I'm still for closing Saturday mail. So what if Monday is a heavy day what does not get sorted and delivered on Monday they will get on Tuesday. No biggie.....if something is that big of a deal that it has to reach somewhere by a specific date then pay the extra postage to get it there quicker/overnight/etc. If bills/statements have to be paid the day you receive them then by all means go to automatic bank draft have the darn thing taken out of your bank account! There are ways around this Saturday no service day!
The post office has been testing the idea of delaying the mail by a day and one Congressman even suggested that companies accept the postmark as the date for the bill being paid instead of when they actually recieve it. Don't think that businesses would be too happy with that idea. Some people are like you and aren't too worried about getting something a day later, but you'd be surprised at how many people freak out when they don't get their mail when they expected it. And, if the post office offers a service, then they need to deliver on time. As far as Saturday delivery goes, I think it will probably stop, I just don't know how soon. Interestingly, the post office has a Congressional mandate to pay about 5 billion dollars a year to prefund retirement. From what I've read, the account is way overfunded, and that they would have actually turned a small profit if they weren't paying this. Of course, numbers can be twisted depending on who is presenting them.
Karen RR

Overland Park, KS

#17 Feb 6, 2013
Piper wrote:
For me, if you get a bill/statement chances are one will not take care of it till Monday anyway. For me if they stop Saturday mail service I will not object but the post office employees will scream because they are losing their over time pay probably. But to mail a letter now is 44 cents and they want to raise the price the of a first class letter probably going up to 48 or 50 cents to mail a letter/card. I say stop Saturday delivery!
Please don't assume that Saturday service has anything to do with overtime. Most regular USPS folks are on a rotating schedule, with alternating days off, like Friday/Saturday off only once every 6 weeks. Then there's a list of folks who are on the "overtime desired" list who might not get overtime if Saturday services ceases.

However, they're also talking about having package service on Saturday, and charging a premium for Saturday package delivery. And they should, just like UPS does.

As for letter postage going up, everyone should stop complaining. It's still the cheapest anywhere, with any service, and an amazing value for what you are getting. If you don't like it, you can also learn to use a computer or fax machine, and people should utilize direct deposit more for things like checks. Most of the mail we get is junk mail anyway, and that's what they should charge more for.
Karen RR

Overland Park, KS

#18 Feb 6, 2013
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"Voice Of Reason wrote:
No one will miss it if they stop. As for the increase in stamp
prices, that doesn't bother me, either, because we don't go
through more than 20 stamps a year, tops. The part that sucks
is the increase in package prices. I sell on ebay and the more
people have to pay for shipping, the less they bid on your
items."

How do know nobody will miss it?

I wouldn't say nobody will miss it, but they can learn to adapt. It's only one day. If you're expecting a regular piece of mail to arrive on a Saturday, either have the sender mail it earlier, wait until Monday, or have it sent a different way, like FedEx, UPS, or American Express letter service. And if it's a check, consider getting with the times and using direct deposit. As for packages, more individuals and businesses need to take advantage of the flat-rate boxes that USPS sells. I've seen SO many eBay sellers and other companies ripping people off with $8.99 (and up) shipping costs on some tiny little things, when they could just use the $5 flat-rate USPS box.
Karen RR

Overland Park, KS

#19 Feb 6, 2013
Idiots wrote:
<quoted text>USPS is typically cheaper, but from my experiences UPS has been quicker. I tried sending something via USPS and the person wasn't very helpful, almost rude, so I never bothered going there again. When I've received packages via USPS they've either tried cramming them in my mailbox or it arrived way later than expected.
Oh yeah--by the way--UPS is now using USPS for many of their small packages.(Yes, I know this thread is a year old, but just in case someone else like me stumbles upon it...)
whocares

Richmond, KY

#20 Feb 6, 2013
Be one less day of receiving junk mail!! Toss it on monday!

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