Is the end of Saturday mail delivery near?

It’s no secret that the United States Post Office is facing unprecedented challenges in finding its way in modern culture and in our current economic state. On March 30th of this year, US Postmaster General John Potter proposed the cancellation of Saturday delivery as method to cut costs and help the post office adapt to changing times and return to financial health. With approval of congress that is slated for later this year, these changes could come as early as 2011. The shortfalls in revenue are mainly attributed to popularity of online social communication, online payment systems, and the reduction of direct mail and advertising that occurred with the economic downturn in 2007.

Here are a few interesting facts on the about the USPO and that bring a little insight to the challenges they are facing.

  • The USPO lost a total of 3.8 billion in 2009
  • Over the next decade, the USPO estimates a total loss of 238 billion
  • The USPO is predicting a 37% drop in first class mail by 2020.
  • The USPO is estimating a 3 billion cost reduction in the first year, and a 5 billion cost reduction for all subsequent years, by eliminating Saturday delivery.
  • In 2006, credit companies sent out an estimated 8 billion pieces of direct mail. According to Mintel Compermedia,a company that tracks usage of direct mail, credit companies sent out just over 1 billion pieces in 2009.
  • On April 13th, 1957, the USPO did cancel Saturday delivery after budget shortfalls………for one day. After public out cry, president Dwight D. Eisenhower, pushed through a bill in one week for an additional 41 million in USPO funding to continue Saturday delivery. The following Saturday, mail was delivered.

At Printing Partners, we are beginning to discuss how the possible elimination of Saturday delivery might impact our business, and how it impacts our clients. We encourage you to share with us your thoughts on how this change might impact you business.  We also welcome your suggestions and ideas on we can better serve you with intelligent solutions with direct mail. Please comment below or send your thoughts to brian@printingpartners.net. Support the USPO by sending you comments via mail to Brian Miller, Printing Partners, 929 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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3 Responses to Is the end of Saturday mail delivery near?

  1. Steve James says:

    I don’t feel that eliminating Saturday mail delivery will make an impact on businesses because most are closed on Saturdays and mailings are either delivered Friday or Monday anyway, and it’s always been like that. I don’t see what the change would be. From a personal view, that’s just one less day to receive bills and invoices, threatening tax mail from the government and other distressing information. So it would be a relief of an extra day! The only downside is one less day to get that last minute mother’s day card out in time. 🙂

    • Brian Miller says:

      Hello Steve. Thank you for your comment, and thanks for checking out our blog. Personally, I kinda like the idea of not receiving mail on Saturday. However there are several businesses like Netflix, mail order prescriptions, and political campaigns that will be greatly affected by the timing of mail. I am curious on how they will adjust.

  2. Steve James says:

    The USPO will never be profitable so I believe that the Gov. should eliminate the service and pay FedEx or UPS or both to do everything. They both have more stores than there are post offices and have all kinds of amazing infrastructure already in place. FedEx already supplies air service to the PO and a lot of ground transport is done by contractors. And they’re probably more efficient. The Gov could still regulate it and maintain their stupid mailing rules, but give the stamp printing to contractors, like lottery ticket printers who have security systems set up. Labor costs alone would drop significantly because all the bad-tempered PO employees are Gov people with ridiculous pensions and benefits unheard of in private companies. Whaddaya think? 🙂

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