No Saturday mail delivery and other drastic options

@teamrose (1499)
United States
March 2, 2010 1:14pm CST
Personally, I think Saturday mail delivery is necessary and I would complain to my congressmen. I sell on eBay and need everyday possible to get my pacages out and in. But the post office is failing, rapidly... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/02/AR2010030200912.html?hpid=topnews
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@spalladino (17929)
• United States
2 Mar 10
Here in Hooterville our Post Office closes at noon on Wednesdays and is only open for 2 hours on Saturdays...and the Saturday hours are new. Previously the only thing they did on Saturdays was to put mail in the PO boxes...not counter service and no home delivery of mail. Our post office has had this odd schedule since it first opened decades ago. This schedule has not caused any problems for us, or anyone else here, because we're used to it. Sure, it can be a little irritating if you don't make it to the post office by noon on Wednesday or if you're expecting something that doesn't arrive on Friday so you know you're not going to get it until Monday...but it's not a make-or-break issue. If the USPS can save a significant amount of money and jobs but cutting their hours, they should. BTW, our shipping obligations on Ebay are based on business days. We used UPS, too, and never ship on Saturdays.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
You write your own obligations on Ebay. I like to give a better service to reach more customers. With everything being so competitive, any edge you can get helps the bottomline.
@spalladino (17929)
• United States
3 Mar 10
While it is true that you want to attract customers, it's not very ethical for that to be more important than the wellbeing of those who you believe should lose their jobs at the post office...as you indicated above.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I agree with you, Spalladino. Especially when those jobs belong to men and women with a track record for getting things done well. If you cut out jobs and benefits, you might find that the kind of workers and service you get is so bad that even adding Sat & Sun won't help you service your customers any better.
@newtalent (1114)
• United States
2 Mar 10
I too sell online periodically. I need my merchandise immediately. The rates are high as it is. Maybe they should cut back on the pay rate. I know people making well over $20.00 per hour to deliver mail. Is that really necessary? I am not saying that this is not a stressful job at all but in these tight money strapping times we need to look at the bigger picture. Priority shipping cost is outrageous. If they cut back then they have have to add days to be able to receive mail and sent mail. We have a post office open 7 days of week which is cool because I can take my mail there on a Sunday to be out on Monday. No one wants adjust their pay and then they complain when they lose their jobs or get laid off. AS the economy turns we must turn to just to compete. All I know is that I need all the days I can get to ship out and have things shipped in..
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Wow, we need a 7 day post office.Would certainly help my business. Where are you located?
@newtalent (1114)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I am in Hollywood Florida. Not far from your city. There is one open on Sundays from 1-5pm. I can give you the address or you can look it up the zip code is 33024
• United States
2 Mar 10
I know it is going to be a pain in the butt...but the post office is loosing too much money. Something has to be done. Just let your customers know that you can't ship out on saturday unless they want you to send it UPS or Fedex. All the rest of the sellers will have to make adjustments for it too. A lot of businesses will have to.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Why should my business suffer because the overpriced post office does not function efficiently? The post office needs to get their act together.
• United States
4 Mar 10
part of the problem is a lot of people don't use the post office a lot anymore. We pay out bills online. We get our statements or bills online. We email instead of sending letters. A lot of places have gone "paperless" and that has hurt the post office. The post office has said they ARE cutting jobs. A lot of them.More unemployed people. Good luck to them in finding a new job in this economy. And closing post offices.So you may have to travel farther to get to a post office now. So they are cutting back on their costs. But it is not enough. They will also have to raise the cost of stamps again probly. Oh joy. How will your business suffer? It is not like your competition will be able to use the mail on saturday and just "you" won't. None of you will be able to. And your customers will just have to deal with it. It is not like they are going to be able to buy it from someone else that can get the post office to deliver on a saturday. It is not going to STOP anyone from buying just because the post office is closed an extra day a week. I really think you are making a big deal out of nothing.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
2 Mar 10
With deficits as bad as they are, the USPS could save 3.5 million dollars just by cutting out Saturday. I understand you have a business to run, you would just have to let people know that some deliveries will take a day longer or use FedEx or UPS.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
They are losing money because too many employees are making fat union salaries. Cut some jobs and decrease deficits.
@spalladino (17929)
• United States
3 Mar 10
People should lose their jobs because changing the hours of operation for the Post Office might inconvenience someone? That doesn't seem very fair.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I sell on the booksites and I also depend on the USPS. Although it will be an inconvenience not to have Saturday service, that is outweighed by the fact that Media Mail is much less expensive than anything I can get from the private sector. Also, the post office is very efficient. I send out a thousand packages a year and have had less than five boxes over the last five years that were lost or damaged. (I used UPS briefly and had 3 problems almost immediately) The Washington Post has been reporting a lot lately about the post office problems. Although the post office is self sufficient and does not depend upon taxpayer money (except for absentee ballots and mail for the blind) postal employees are still federal employees. The Postal Reform Act of 2006 forces the Post Office to prepay five years of healthcare premiums for its employees. So healthcare is at the root of some of the post office problems. The other problem is the less expensive forms of mail. If every package the post office handled were First Class, they would be in better shape. (In other words my Media Mail packages would have to go Priority Mail and would cost at least twice as much) I've thought about writing to my congressman and senators and asking them to look into what can be done about changing the 2006 Postal Reform Act but I have to read up on it some more. The fact that the Post Master General is giving interviews and drawing attention to this act may point to change.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I agree with you 100% you make valid points. Now the question is how do we change things.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
2 Mar 10
The USPS is failing and they're going to have to make some major changes if they want to remain viable. Knocking out Saturday service may be one of the changes. Afraid, Teamrose, you may be using UPS or FedEx more.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Change is inevitble, but I don't think it is necessary. Better management is definitely needed.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
2 Mar 10
Not everything is just about you. Nothing like having other people subsidize you Saturday mail delivery so you can mail on Saturday. Look I am not trying to be personal, but you did kind of make it personal. I know others use Saturday delivery, but others do not. It is not fair that everyone will have to pay more for postage so those that cannot wait until Monday to mail package will have the ability to mail on Saturday. Any way there is not any mail on Sunday, what do you do then if you make a sell on Ebay, wait until Monday.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
3 Mar 10
You're not paying more because they are open on Saturday. You are paying because they have employees who are just waiting for retirement and are very slow and inefficient. Employee benefits iswhy the post office is in trouble.