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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. dpeters11

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    CNN is reporting that the move to 5 day delivery will not happen as scheduled.
     
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  3. Stewart Vernon

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    It is an interesting conundrum when you have congress essentially mandating that the USPS continue to do something that they have no money to do and might not be as necessary a service as it once was... then you have that same congress talking about a need to reign in spending and cut unneeded services.

    Seems like mixed messages.
     
  4. Lord Vader

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    No, it seems like Congress. :p
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    Been tracking a package that left a distribution hub city about 300 miles away very early yesterday morning. Figured it would arrive yesterday, but it didn't show up until this morning. Almost 30 hours for 300 miles.
     
  6. MysteryMan

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    I'll say it again, Congress is the opposite of Progress.
     
  7. Lord Vader

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    If it left a distribution hub yesterday, why would you expect it the same day? It has to get to your local post office first. If you got your package today when it was 300 miles away 30 hours, that's a good delivery time.
     
  8. James Long

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    It depends on what "very early" was ... but I agree. With USPS packages have to be in your city for the morning distribution to be on the doorstep the same day. UPS/FedEx might get it the same day, depending again what "very early" means and when it arrived at the local sort.

    The unfunded mandate taken to the next level ... the cut funded mandate.
     
  9. Lord Vader

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    And didn't the USPS last year announce that they were closing dozens of regional sorting centers across the country? If this does, in fact, occur, it's expected to delay delivery of everything, from packages to First Class Mail, by at least 1 additional day.
     
  10. SayWhat?

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    Around 1AM, which in the past would have been plenty of time to make it to the local sort, get routed out to the local PO and get put in the PO box.
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    Since they added "you'll do it" to the bill... I wonder if they also added "and you'll like it" :)
     
  12. wilbur_the_goose

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    It isn't just Congress. I used to work for a large European financial company, and we had never-ending mandates without any funding to support them. Drove us nuts.
     
  13. gomezma1

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    It puzzles me that the PS is trying to save us money during this budget cut war and congress declines it. What dose sucuestor mean then?
     
  14. James Long

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    If it was arrival at the center 300 miles away I would not expect same day delivery. One would need to add in the sort time at the remote center then the scheduled departure from that center to your local center and post office. (Remembering that "same day" is referring to the last leg of a longer journey.)

    I've seen UPS packages arrive 150 miles away at that early hour that did not make same day delivery. I would not expect USPS to be faster.

    Looking at the one day ground delivery area of a company like UPS there are examples where a package put into their system by 7PM could be delivered over 300 miles away by 7PM the next day. But it isn't a 300 mile circle ... it depends on the routing of that package. That is the kind of package I'd expect to see 150 miles away at 1am (and on my doorstep less than 18 hours later).
     

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