Thursday, January 29, 2009

Postal Service May Cut Deliver Days

More meltdown.

Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, that doesn't necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday.

Faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs, the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year. "If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year," Postmaster General John E. Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

Total mail volume was 202 billion items last year, over 9 billion less than the year before, the largest single volume drop in history.
I assume there will always be a need for the postal service, but honestly I haven't put a stamp on a single thing in over 6 months. And also, what's with Tuesday?

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how much of the decline is from the economy and how much is people using snail mail less. I imagine volume will continue to drop over time as people use electronic mail and other means of communication more often.