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Old 03-17-2009, 12:27 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by ladihawkae View Post
Just a thought but my husband and I just had a debate on whether or not we absolutley had to have mail delivered 6 days every week? could we live with just having mail delivered maybe 2-3 days a week? Maybe Mondays and Thursdays or Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays?
What are your thoughts?
Why? Is there a reason why you want a reduction in service?
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:31 AM
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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Yes, once a day works for me. Much less waiting. I lived in a smaller city where the mail didn't seem to move very fast either coming or going and it drove me NUTS. If you don't send or receive much mail I guess once or twice a week would work for you, but it would kill me because I do a lot of mailing.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:07 AM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I've thought for a long time they could skip Saturday, I never get anything important on Saturday.

Now I'm thinking skipping Wed., too maybe so four days a week would work for me!
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:51 AM
Location: Location Location
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I think cutting service throughout the week in a major city would be a problem. If the USPS cuts service days companies such as Fedex and UPS could hardly stay afloat because they depend on express mail from USPS to be shipped with their company, and the contracts they have with USPS would be terminated. Also what about people who use services such as gamefly or Netflix- they depend on the USPS for pick up and delivery of their mail and will have to pay a higher premium if shipped with Fedex or UPS. With this economy I think we should be thinking of ways to save jobs instead of cutting them because Im sure a lot of mail carriers will become displaced if the USPS were to implement a 2-3 day work week
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:13 PM
Location: New York, NY
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I check my mailbox every couple days. Nothing important comes in regular mail. I get all my bills electronically. I would PREFER to get mail every other day. It should be like trash pickup where different streets are delivered on different days. One street gets Monday-Wednesday-Friday and the other one gets Tues-Wed-Sat. Then, they could use some of the savings to improve their Express Mail service to compete better. They could also use some of the savings to improve customer service at physical post offices (better/faster computers, train employees to be more service oriented, stay open late one evening and open on Sundays).
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:12 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Once a week would be plenty for me. I get junk mail, invoices and bank statements. Every once in a while I get an annual notice of something, or a bill for something like a medical co-pay. I can't even remember the last time I got something that I couldn't have waited a week for. Years and years. I've lived in this town for six years, and I haven't been inside either of the post offices yet.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:41 AM
Location: Terramaria
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Most of the junk mail comes from companies that just are desparate for a quick buck. About once a week I receive a special credit card offer. Many specialty services such as lawn care, maid service, and mortgages. Free coupon services are also distributed such as Redplum and Valpak and are basically the same old offers that just aren't interesting. Product catalogs where you can just look online for them. I agree that it should be just three times a week, except during the holiday season, with perhaps a reduction to just twice a week during the summer. The exceptions of course would be to Priority and Express mail where daily delivery is ensured.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:25 PM
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I agree with elisabeisme. For each Post Office's service area, I'd like to see half the addresses get mail on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and the other half on Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. Right then and there you're cutting your delivery staff and fuel consumption in half, or nearly so. For those who want their outgoing mail to get out on their non-delivery day, the solution is to have the Post Office itself and also certain key mailboxes continue to have daily pickups. And if you want daily incoming mail . . . rent a Post Office Box.

It's not that I want to see Postal Service employees lose their jobs, which is why this should be phased in, and the workforce reduced through attrition. But rather, I'd like to try and reduce the agency's costs so that they can remain a viable ongoing concern in the future.
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