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The U.S. Postal Service will cut mail service for Saturdays beginning in August in order to save...

The U.S. Postal Service will cut mail service for Saturdays beginning in August in order to save close to $2B annually. The development could provide a minor benefit to FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS).
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  • caupachow
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    10 years too late
    6 Feb 2013, 08:02 AM Reply Like
  • blueice
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    You left out a zero, Caupachow...
    6 Feb 2013, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • PCFlyer
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    They should cut Tuesdays and Thursdays next.
    6 Feb 2013, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • blueice
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    I fully concur, PCFlyer!
    6 Feb 2013, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • Nic C
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    I agree, I have been saying the same thing for a couple years now.
    6 Feb 2013, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • bbro
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    Everything is choices...a 2/10ths a penny tax on gasoline consumption
    would cover the cost...end sugar subsidies (which actually is 3.5 bill a year) etc etc etc

     

    http://bit.ly/12sQhVI
    6 Feb 2013, 08:22 AM Reply Like
  • new slang
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    yeah we should do those too
    6 Feb 2013, 09:30 AM Reply Like
  • blueice
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    Little will helf, when you have 80% labor costs...

     

    Hear is a plan, 10% postal rate increase, 10% decline in post labor costs. Continue this action until the PO is balanced...
    6 Feb 2013, 08:33 AM Reply Like
  • frosty
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    OMG! They're cutting off my Saturday junk mail delivery?!
    6 Feb 2013, 08:35 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    And I so much enjoyed reading about how I won a new car and a plastic key was inside I just needed to come down to the dealership and speak with the devil.
    6 Feb 2013, 08:52 AM Reply Like
  • Interesting Times
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    GREAT

     

    Getting my bills on Saturdays ALWAYS ruined my day anyway..I can wait until Monday!!
    6 Feb 2013, 09:01 AM Reply Like
  • HPBunker
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    This is stupid, and will be counterproductive. Saturday mail delivery was one of the few advantages the USPS offered over UPS and FedEx. On a related note, this has got to hurt Netflix, as it signifianctly lowers DVD turnover rates (which lowers the company's costs, yes, but likely has a bigger impact on customer satisfaction).
    6 Feb 2013, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    you can get saturday delivery from fedex and ups...
    6 Feb 2013, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • rjordan89x
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    Didn't think of the netflix angle.
    6 Feb 2013, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • rlp2451
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    When will I get my Barron's now? What will I do Sunday morning?
    6 Feb 2013, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • whiff
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    I trust that employee compensation will be lowered accordingly ...
    6 Feb 2013, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    whiff,
    That would be part of the 2B saved anually
    6 Feb 2013, 09:18 AM Reply Like
  • sprstirl
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    I doubt that that will happen... I read somewhere that they actually 'pay' employees to sit around doing nothing rather than lay them off or cut their hours.
    6 Feb 2013, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    They lost 16B last year and the losses are accelerating! A plan to save 2B seems like they are not even trying.
    6 Feb 2013, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    Sell the whole mess to either or both FedEx or UPS and be done with it. The quasi-private/government model never did and never will work.
    6 Feb 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • Guardian3981
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    I believe Fed Ex delivers saturday but not UPS. IM sure if you paid enough UPS would deliver but for "ordinary" deliverys UPS has never come on a saturday for me where Fed Ex has.
    6 Feb 2013, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • alphapowered
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    Both UPS and FedEx provide some Saturday delivery depending upon the parcel service requested.
    7 Feb 2013, 03:16 AM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    They've already replaced a few employees with automated postal machines, which can be used 24/7.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • Power Hedge
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    I have five post offices within five miles of my home. I can think of another great place for the USPS to cut costs.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:09 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Less work product for more cost. Yes, sounds great.

     

    And, how is it efficient to keep an entire operation going on Saturday just to deliver packages. That's efficient? Hardly.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:27 AM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    Perhaps postal delivery ought to be automated by Goog's driverless cars and as-yet designed postal delivery 'bot. Then I might not regularly get my neighbor's mail.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    actually that is a great idea. there are so many great uses for a self driving car: food delivery, taxi, package delivery, etc. I think they should also stop having bulk mail rates unless they are in cahoots with the trash business and get great kick backs from them to support the bulk rates.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:50 AM Reply Like
  • sprstirl
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    maybe the drones can bomb us with the Saturday mail!
    6 Feb 2013, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • Lorentzen
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    The USPS model was for use as our nation was developing. We matured to a developed level approximately 100 years ago. As a result, the USPS model is no longer applicable and has been living on life support for decades. The introduction of electronic mail, including for legal documents, has further eroded the viability and need for the USPS. It is time to look at it as the U.S. Cavalry - no longer relevant. Fade it out in the most appropriate way possible, protecting those who have served in the same manner.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Lor:

     

    The USPS serves its principal purpose admirably, i.e., to provide a huge base of unionized workers to vote endlessly for Democrats.
    6 Feb 2013, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • enigmaman
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    yes USPS was the excuse, the reason was unions and the Democratic party saw no reason to ever complain because they were using other peoples money (tax payer) to run it so poorly.
    6 Feb 2013, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • Teutonic Knight
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    The USPS has become a semi-charity welfare organization, a haven for minorities and war veterans, and for those who, could not cut it in the real world, bask in the comforts of socialism protected by the Protector-in-Chief in the WH.

     

    Hooray!
    6 Feb 2013, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • blueice
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    FEMA, is planning a takeover of the USPO...
    6 Feb 2013, 11:49 AM Reply Like
  • Ericocean
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    Sell the post office to Amazon
    6 Feb 2013, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    A bit of irony here, went down to the local USPS with a box that just needed 1 strip of tape to close it... the guy behind the counter said I had to buy a $6 roll of tape off the rack and that the tape he had on the counter couldn't be used for this purpose... so I said fine I'll go to UPS where they tape your box without making pay $6 for a roll of tape you don't need.
    6 Feb 2013, 12:59 PM Reply Like
  • blueice
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    Wigit, it had to be red tape...

     

    How about those get a free mailing boxes that they have...The one I selected was $11.30, but after getting my own it shipped for $6.10!
    6 Feb 2013, 01:08 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    lol yeah it was a pre-paid shipping package too so all i needed was one damn strip of tape and it would be good to go... ended up dropping it off at fedex as the pre-paid slip said either Fedex/UPS or USPS could be used.
    6 Feb 2013, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • rjj1960
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    Just cut the fat pensions out, problem solved.
    6 Feb 2013, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Bulk of Post office's profit came from first class mail. Ask them how they feel about the email we all use.
    6 Feb 2013, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • Teutonic Knight
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    As far as my memory could fetch, back to the days when I was living in Canada, the Canadian Postal Service eliminated its Saturday delivery some 30 years ago!
    6 Feb 2013, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    I guarantee you somewhere in Netflix HQ, Reed Hastings is screaming that he was right.
    6 Feb 2013, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • jaych79
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    In 10-15 years the USPS will be gone. You can pay bills online, magazines are going digital, and packages can be sent UPS and FedEx. There is no longer a need for the Post Office. Their monopoly on letter delivery can be changed as well. They are no longer needed.
    6 Feb 2013, 03:32 PM Reply Like
  • 6269751
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    When you get cleaned out online and don't have any paper to prove what you had you will wish you had gotten your statement in the mail.
    7 Feb 2013, 02:43 AM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    Hah. Give me a break! Or when the USPS loses your bill or check and you get charged late fees.... Or when you are out of town traveling for 2 months and you get home to find you have late fees because someone could not email you a simple bill that you could have paid online.... Or when someone steals your identity through the mail... All banks I have dealt with offer online statements that are downloadable. You are free to download them, print them, etc
    7 Feb 2013, 08:32 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    yeah this comment is pretty ignorant... there are so many more benefits to having stuff emailed or stored in the cloud than having the USPS transport it...

     

    Had to file my taxes late one year because the USPS lost my W-2 form... to bad my company won't email that...
    7 Feb 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
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