That said, the first quote I'm going to provide, before I provide context, is this:
Postal Service spokeswoman Joanne Veto said her organization has asked Congress to allow it to scale back to five-day delivery, cutting Saturdays,...
http://money.cnn.com/2010/11/12/news/ec ... topstories
Okay, that's out of the way.
Something has got to give. The five-day work-week is a winner. Maybe even three days.
Now for some context
The Postal Service said its net loss totaled $8.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That compares to a loss of $3.8 billion the prior year.
I could quote more but looking at the longer trend (1900-2009) there is clearly a real problem starting about 2000. I took the liberty of charting that data (pls excuse the formatting); the y axis is billions of pieces of mail, the x is 1900 to 2008
You can see recessions and depressions pretty clearly. No doubt that the economy is impacting us now, but email and the intertubes in general are the real issue. Well, maybe a decline population growth too but I don't have the numbers on that.
The Postal Service blamed the deeper losses on the recession and on the continuing growth of e-mail.
Well, we knew that, and I don't fault him for stating the obvious because I did too.
Another site I looked at said email wasn't a big problem because the problem only really started recently, more recently than computers have been in popular use, but I think that is wrong. It takes a while for business processes to change and they are only just now really changing the way they communicate with customers. Sure, we stopped mailing checks a while back but we still got the bill in the regular mail.
(with the exception of one bill, all my regular bills come via email, and I pay them all via the computer...but that's just me).
But what to do?
I'm of the opinion that we still need the USPS. (do you agree?)
I'm of the opinion that it really is a pretty efficient organization in terms of actual flow processes. (do you agree?)
I think they should cut back delivery (and workforce) by whatever it takes (5? 4? 3?/w)
I think they should [be able to] raise rates by whatever it takes (hopefully they'll look at their Supply/Demand charts and make thoughtful adjustments).