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The Post Office Ain’t What It Used To Be

| On 02, Mar 2010

This buggy will soon NOT be rolling through your neighborhood on Saturdays.

The headline is an understatement.

Today, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering a bit of “state the obvious” news.  They are never going to have the type of customer traffic they did in the past. The Post Office is going to be changing .. FOREVER!  Let’s do a quick walk-through of how we got here…

I’m sure we all have wondered why in the hell postage rates keep climbing through recessions, wars, terror, floods, and every other major life event.  Well, the big blue agency has been losing a whole lot of money.  So, they tried to balance the books of their poor business model on our backs.  We responded by emailing, texting, tweeting, FedExing, UPSing, driving, couriering, and every other “ing” you can think of NOT to have to wait in long lines to buy 90-cent stamps!

Mail volume has been declining steadily over the years.  When the Internet became a household item in the late 1990s, that was the nail in the U.S. Postal Service’s coffin.  Take last fiscal year for instance.  The Post Office experienced a 13 percent drop in mail volume and lost $3.8 billion.  That’s a lot of money for any company.

So, the result could be wide and varying.  It’s expected that Saturday service will end sometime soon.  Prices will also probably go up AGAIN!  They are also looking at changes to the pay structure for retirees health benefits.

I wonder if all these changes will help my BILLS to stop coming so frequently!!  That will take some mail and manpower off of their plates.  I’m just sayin’…

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