Post Office Switching to Three-Day Delivery Schedule

Three day delivery

Most Post Offices around the world actively seek opportunities to reduce costs and increase revenue. As more people are projected to switch to electronic forms of communication through at least 2020, some Post Offices are dramatically changing the way they operate. Some of these measures have included offering extra services such as insurance and banking, while others have included privatizing the organization. One particular Post has recently announced that it will be reducing the number of days in which it delivers mail.

New Zealand Post is known as an innovative organization, offering a range of services including travel insurance, travel SIM cards for mobile phones, and a foreign currency exchange. In addition to expanding its lineup of services, the Post announced that it will be reducing the number of days in which it delivers mail to as little as three per week.

The switch, expected to take place in June 2015, will prompt urban delivery to drop to no less than three days per week while rural area delivery will decrease to no less than five per week. Customers could still choose to have their mail delivered up to six days per week for an extra courier fee.

As the world’s population continues to integrate additional electronic communication alternatives into their lives, Post Offices are likely to seek creative means to cater to their shifting demands.

Do you think charging a fee for six-day mail delivery service is something USPS should do?

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  January 4, 2014

    No. The USPS should not charge a fee for six day delivery service. Did the Postal Department charge a delivery fee or reduce service when the telephone or radio was invented?

  2. I think we should deliver to even numbered routes on even numbered days and to odd numbered routes on odd numbered days excepting only Sundays. Anyone wanting more frequent mail service should rent a postal box and check it as often as they like.

  3. Anonymous

     /  January 5, 2014

    W
    ith the price of stamps increasing, I don’t think they should. If they want to cut cost, they need to get rid of the idiot managers that plague this government agency.

    • 1/6/14

      Dear anonymous,

      I think that saying our managers are idiots will not help our conversation. Some managers were clerks, carriers, mail handlers, and maintenance folks before they became managers. All of us have probably been doing the best we can to find our way to function and help the company we work for whether as union members, as non-union craft, or eventually even as managers.

      I feel very fortunate that others before me were able to establish successful unions which then benefited me personally, and I regret that we in my generation could not maintain the level of benefits for the current generation of postal workers.

      In addition, it seems to me that losing mail volume to the internet and electronic funds transfers is more akin to losing the pony express within 14 days of the transcontinantal telegraph being completed than to the impact on postal significance after the radio and even the telephone came along.

      Truly, to be of value, the USPS needed to be the one that built the transcontinental telegraph, that initiated the radio and television eras, and that created the internet conditions now limiting our world’s need for postal services.

      USPS is not offering a service that many folks, perhaps the majority of folks, rely upon nowadays. Others do offer those services like banks and companies selling items and services.

      I feel very fortunate to have been born at a time for me to have access to the excellent work and benefits the USPS offered until recently. Very fortunate. And I am unwilling to hang the yoke of blame for society’s changes on union, management, or workers.

      In Lancaster PA, just now retired clerk, Joan Drake

  4. Anonymous

     /  January 6, 2014

    Absolutely not. Both the Postal Regulatory Commission and the General Accounting Office studied the five day delivery option, and found that reducing delivery days reduces the effectiveness of advertising through the mail, and erodes perception of first class mail users that the mail is prompt and efficient. Those perceptions (or realities, depending on how you look at it) would drive down mail volumes, causing a negative feedback loop that would undermine our business model, which depends on high volumes from advertisers to subsidize first class mail delivery to every delivery point, every day.

    Two of our most important assets are the trust the public places in us, and the fact that we deliver to every house, every day. Why not build on those assets, rather than throwing them away?

  5. Jonn

     /  January 6, 2014

    I think that for now, the current delivery service makes sense. 25 years from now though, first class mail will have been reduced to 40 percent of what it is now, or less, but package delivery will have grown by that much or more. Eventually, mail delivery will be reduced to 3 days per week sure, but with current volumes, there is still plenty of justification to keep the current delivery schedule.

  6. In my opinion, mail service should be a public service, not a business. All this talk of cutting this, cutting that, in an effort to save money is ridiculous. Either we’re a government agency, or we’re not. If we are, then postal service should be provided to all citizens every day. If we’re not, then give us back our money and let us run like a business.

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