Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
The estimated $3 billion in reductions, to be announced in broader detail on Monday, are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs, seeing no immediate help from Congress.
The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America’s business onto the Internet. They could slow everything from check payments to Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities.
“unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years“
I think they mean it’s the first time in 40 years that they DELIBERATELY slowed the mail. They certainly ain’t breaking any speed records for deliveries.
“The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America’s business onto the Internet.“
GREAT !!!!!! If they can’t compete with real businesses, why the heck should any taxpayer dollars be used to support them !! If more of their business goes to the internet, that’s great !! That means entrepreneurs are providing a service that someone wants for the lowest price and they could have a real choice selecting whom they pay for the service.
I have lived at my address for almost 20 years. It may just be a coincidence, but almost never receive first class mail on Saturdays.
There is a small park just off of a bike path that I like to ride on and anytime that you go past there between 1pm and 6 pm, you can see 1-6 Postal trucks parked there for HOURS at a time. Some of them some of the time may be there for their legitimate lunch, but most of them are killing time because they know if they go back to the shop too early, they might get more work to do.
The Post Office is a perfect example of government inability to compete with the private sector. They should be contracting instend of constantly expanding to compete.