Six local post offices could be shutt...

Six local post offices could be shuttered | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 67 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 27, 2011, titled Six local post offices could be shuttered | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Six Columbus-area post offices could close as the U.S. Postal Service takes a look at eliminating retail locations in favor of offering services inside local businesses, such as pharmacies and grocery stores.

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Tim

Lima, OH

#67 Jul 27, 2011
mandatory daily shower for all employees and no drugs during work hours.
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#68 Jul 28, 2011
USPS should make it easier for customers to send ackages from their homes so they don't have to go to a post office and send two dozen packages to e-Bay customers at the counter while I'm standing behind them on my lunch hour and just need to get ONE FRIGGIN MONEY ORDER!! Yeah, you know whom I'm talking about, old hippie in the Birkenstocks last week.
Daily Customer

United States

#69 Jul 28, 2011
hamburger pimp wrote:
USPS should make it easier for customers to send ackages from their homes so they don't have to go to a post office and send two dozen packages to e-Bay customers at the counter while I'm standing behind them on my lunch hour and just need to get ONE FRIGGIN MONEY ORDER!! Yeah, you know whom I'm talking about, old hippie in the Birkenstocks last week.
So you think you are more important than the person in front of you?
Get your MO at UDF then.
Someone

Columbus, OH

#70 Jul 28, 2011
Marvin Glep wrote:
<quoted text>OK, smart guy. And how much time do you think it might take to mail a letter from the post office if there were multiple zones for sending a first-class letter? And what would that unbelievable wait affect the other customers wait in line while the clerk figures out which zone and the postage to that zone?
As for the Post Office beating Fed Ex and UPS- I use the Post Office every day for shipping for my business. We long ago changed our preference to the Post Office for several reasons. 1)Cost. UPS and Fed Ex, both union shops with ridiculous contract costs continue to raise rates 3-6% to cover automatic price increases every year. Don't forget the additional "Fuel Cost Recovery" charges for the stuff UPS and Fed Ex forgot to build into the basic rate structure. The Post Office does also but not as much. 2)Shipping options. The Post Office has a fantastic delivery record on Priority Mail and Express Mail (watch it, though. Express Mail has some cities that require a 2 day delivery time instead of one day- their contractor for this? Fed Ex. What a shock). I can ship a package to Los Angeles CA on a Thursday and have it arrive via Priority Mail on Saturday in a small flat-rate box for $4.95. If I send this same package by UPS to a residence the package will not arrive before the following Wednesday and the cost is well more than double. If I send a 4 lb package to the same address in a Regional Rate Box A it goes for $9.37 via Post Office (2 lb rate) but nearly $12 by UPS. That's right, more than $2 per package more than UPS in 4 days LESS time. Now that's service! Now multiply those cost and time savings by about 15 packages per day and you will see why UPS and Fed Ex are feeling the heat but not yet seeing the light. Compare Express Mail to UPS Next Day Air if you want a real contrast. The bottom line is, we use the Post Office about 95% of the time because it works. UPS and Fed Ex get used in highly specialized circumstances or customer request because they can't get the job done.
Sigh - where in my discussion did I say that the post office was doing a bad job? I agree, it's actually doing well. What I was asking is how do we improve profitability? I simply point out that the cost of mailing a letter is flat - it may only be 50 cents for across town, but going from here to Alaska is a different story.

As far as a postal clerk finding the cost of a letter when zones are involved - it's already computerized - you know, it's that thing they type on at the counter. You may want to look at the rates for Parcel Post - those are zoned if I understand correctly.

As far as lines - it's the blasted passport applications that slow things way down.
Someone

Columbus, OH

#71 Jul 28, 2011
hamburger pimp wrote:
USPS should make it easier for customers to send ackages from their homes so they don't have to go to a post office and send two dozen packages to e-Bay customers at the counter while I'm standing behind them on my lunch hour and just need to get ONE FRIGGIN MONEY ORDER!! Yeah, you know whom I'm talking about, old hippie in the Birkenstocks last week.
Ebay already provides electronic postage that includes delivery confirmation at an attractive rate. Since the postage is electronic, it can be put in a drop box - the 13 ounce rule only applies to STAMPED postage, where someone has put a large number of stamps to get to postage - it does NOT apply to electronic postage. I sell on Ebay myself, and I do this all of the time.
Daily Customer

United States

#72 Jul 28, 2011
I would have to think that the flat rate for a one once letter -$.44 - has been cost-averaged out since each class of mail is supposed to priced to support itself. Most of the USPS financial woes are tied to them being the ONLY government entity required to pre-fund their retirees costs/benefits. The USPS operates under federal oversight, but it NOT a government agency. that oversight though, causes it to operate like the government - and when did the government ever turn a profit, or for that matter, break even? Closing some branches only makes sense, as does eliminating Saturday delivery. But they have to get their employee base adjusted (downward) if they are going to truly save any money, and they have to figure out how to handle the spike in Mondays deliveries, as well as Tuesdays when Monday is a holiday. Not an easy thing to do.
And passports should never have been one of their functions to begin with!
geubux

Dayton, OH

#73 Jul 28, 2011
get real wrote:
Wow, talk about brainwashed people! No one even wants to think of the 3 wars we are in.
SAVE OUR POST OFFICE !!!
SAVE OUR ECONOMY!!!
STOP THE WARS!!!
USSR'S Afganistan war bankrupted them.
U.S.'s Afganistan war is bankrupting the U.S. That's why they want to eliminate YOUR Post Office!
American's ...open your eyes! THINK! We are in 3 wars!....stop them before they stop us!
Right, just the wars. Forget that we send 80 million checks a month so everyone continues to vote democrap. SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!!!!!

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