Last week's question: Would your business be affected by reduced U.S. postal services? Tell us why or why not.
Yes — 36 percent
No — 64 percent
From our LinkedIn group:
We are talking about deliveries on Saturdays that affects primarily home mail. Home users do not need Saturday deliveries. Businesses mostly do not get mail on Saturday’s now. Most PO are open for 2+ hours on Saturday’s for you to go there to get stamps, mail packages, mail certified mail, etc. The biggest naysayer about this are the 2 primary US Postal Service Unions. It cuts the need for the part-time delivery people, and Unions do not like that. USPS needs to be allowed to be more cost effective and efficient or face having to raise the price of stamps greatly (like in Europe) or raise new taxes.
Basically everything we send or receive can happen just as effectively for our business without Saturday mail delivery. It seems to me that the customers most likely to be impacted by this would be senders targeting Saturday delivery, such as catalogs or other items where the hope is that the recipient has a little more time to review the material before tossing it, and maybe magazines as well.
The lack of having a Saturday delivery would not negatively impact our business. An additional one day delay doesn’t kill our business model and USPS should be permitted to have their management/personnel determine what works best for cost controls. If weekend delivery suddenly becomes a requirement or “pays” to deliver, either the USPS will step back in or another entity will stand in the gap. Seeing an opportunity and making money are strong motivators for business creation.
Why not charge MORE for Saturday delivery like UPS? Woops! Forgot, UPS is a private company and the USPS is our government at work! Silly me! What was I thinking?
From our Facebook page:
As a photographer, I utilize the postal services frequently, between shipping clients discs, prints and other designed items. So, yes, a reduced schedule would impact the timeliness of these items I am shipping to my clients.
—Sarah ‘McKinney’ Dressler
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