12/6: Can postal service be fixed?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

What do you think of the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to eliminate next-day service, as well as its plans to close mail processing centers and local post offices? And, oh yeah, the price of stamps is going up again, in January. How does it affect you? Will you continue to use the service or move more correspondence to emai? Sound off on our blog and we will run some responses in Friday’s print newspaper, too.

15 comments Add your comment

mountain man

December 6th, 2011
5:25 pm

Of course it can be fixed – it is a busines and if you apply sound business principles, it will work out. The problem is that Congress has to approe every change, and they inject politics into the business decision. If the postal service goes defunct, how will you send legal papers certified mail return receipt requested (I have to do that a lot at work). The PO charges $5 (approx). You can send it Fedex for about $15. The post office first could drop Saturday delivery. Indeed it could go to every other day delivery for regular mail – what is one extra day. If you want one-day service, you will have to pay for it. Charge more for those essential services like Certified Mail. See, that was easy. But now you would have to get Congress to approve it and their constituents (you all) probably want to eat your cake and have it, too.

HOP

December 6th, 2011
3:46 pm

I do use the post office to mail packages and I send Christmas cards. Oh and convenient passport services. Other than that, many of my bills are paid online.

Business models often have to change to survive. Things have changed. It’s time for the post office to change. It may have to cut Saturday service. People may not get things the next day. If you want something next day, go to UPS or FedEx. I generally don’t need mail next day. I know promises (pensions, etc) have been made, keep those, but going forward, that will DEFINITELY have to change. The service is still needed, everytime I go to the post office there is a line. But the business model has to change. Oh and those sad sack commercials on mailing bills instead of paying online won’t change anything either. Save that money paid needlessly to an ad and marketing agency (and they should be fired for that dumb commercial) and use it to make the necessary changes.

Jack

December 6th, 2011
3:31 pm

I pay my bills online for free: No fees, no postage. I send all my important paper files by UPS or by scanning. The last time I visited a post office, I was treated rudely. Who needs ‘em.

Newman

December 6th, 2011
3:04 pm

When you control the mail, you control… information.

mr mike

December 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

sadly, gonna be alot more that’s beyond fixin than post office. the love of money is the basis of most of our dilemnas.

we’ve allowed money to become a god and worship the stuff. there is so much more important than money.

love, peace of mind, relationship have been lost and now we cannot buy it back

now the very core and foundation of what we believed would help (money i.e. housing market, stock market, employment, shopping markets) us is eroding

Tag

December 6th, 2011
1:43 pm

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doug

December 6th, 2011
12:26 pm

It affects me not at all. I pay all my bill on-line and receive almost all of my bills on line. I do not think the post office should be delivering mail in one day, let people pay premium prices for these services. They are caught having to fund a pension system that is WAY too generous, like they are a government department, when they are “private” concern. The Postal Employees are incorrectly blaming congress for the problem, when it is over generous Union health and pension benefits. We cannot afford the promises, so some reform is necessary. If people need Saturday delivery, make them pay for it. I think that most residences could go to 3 day a week delivery. The pricing model needs revising obviously, I spend time each day directly at the trash can, throwing away most of my mail before opening

yuzeyurbrane

December 6th, 2011
12:25 pm

Doubt it will effect individuals much. Most have already shifted personal messages to e-mail. It will probably impact some busn. models like Netflix accelerating their shift to on-line. 1 penny increase on 1st class stamps won’t bother most. Saturday delivery is something that even UPS and FedEx charge a lot more for. Express Mail will remain for those who really want next day service and it is competitive with UPS and FEDEX. Priority Mail boxes will continue to be very profitable to consumers and P.O. as it is much lower in price than UPS and FEDEX even though fewer P.O.’s will make shipping procedure bigger hassle. Will have to include grocery stores, etc. as shipping venues. As to stamp purchases, people will get use to purchasing at grocery stores and I presume P.O. will also use more stamp machines. Main problem is Congress still has too much say-so. Let mgt. manage and treat pension fund contributions by P.O. w’same rules as fully private co.’s. Also, get more into internet busn. like DeutscePost, the German P.O., which has remained solvent and on the top of innovation.

anonymous

December 6th, 2011
12:25 pm

It is real hard to find sympathy for this outfit when you see continual slothfulness, waste of customer time, mismanagement and you name it at the Post Office.

to be fair, there are hardworking, proud and efficient people as well.

but let’s face it: this is a government-operated outfit, and like many government agencies, it has gotten too big and fat and too costly.

we could well get by with trimmed down mail service.

sirwinston1941

December 6th, 2011
12:20 pm

The postal service provides service for the people. Like to many other things we lose sight as to what is needed. It kills itself when the issue of money takes center stage. Next day service is good if it is in the business to do so; if not, don’t do it! A processing center is where all mail is process, if you close it, how will mail be processed, no, don’t close it. Perhaps something is not well worked out with the postal system period!