Postal cuts make sense [UPDATED]Published 9:49am Friday, February 8, 2013 Updated 11:51am Friday, February 8, 2013
The announcement earlier this week that the postal service may cut Saturday mail delivery — package delivery would continue through the six days — is a sound business decision by the postal service.
It will mean change, of course, from what we are used to, but with losses of revenue to the tune of $15.9 billion a year, the postal service desperately needs to find a way to staunch the hemorrhage of losses.
There are certainly changes in how postal customers send mail these days. We are using the Internet and email much more than in the past to connect with our loved ones. Even texts sent by cellphone have impacted the postal service. We simply are not sending hand-written letters through the postal service as much anymore.
In fact, although letter sending by mail has decreased significantly, package delivery has increased 14 percent, a reflection of our habits of purchasing off the Internet. Responding to this trend, the postal service will continue package delivery six days a week.
While it is a significant change from what we are used to, the decision shouldn’t impact us that much because we really aren’t using the letter delivery service like we used to. The postal service, though slow in responding to our mailing trend, just makes sense.