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Old 08-18-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I would push for the companies you do biz with to do EFT, you would get your livestock & Milk 'check' in your account on Friday, and you would not need to go into the bank.... Both you and the companies would save money.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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Evidently every rural area is different.

Where I live, PO boxes are inside the post office and the hours to access your boxes are the same as the post office " window".

Only difference is the window closes for noon lunch while the lobby is open.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Yes, and at my PO they'll usually put your oversize package in a locked box and leave a key in your PO Box so you can still access your package.

The only problem I ever have with the no home delivery system is filling out delivery address forms that don't allow PO Boxes. Usually it's because they're going to deliver via UPS, but sometimes the vendor hasn't yet decided how they're going to send it so if I DO give them my home address and they try to send it by USPS after all, it's a problem. I get around it now by writing "123 bigcats' street OR Box 999"
Luckily our village is so small that our Post Mistress knows everyone and will stick your mail in the box by name rather than whatever address may be on it. I can usually sneak in a fakey address out of my highway milemarker, but some of the online systems check for a "valid street address" and that means I can't complete checkout because I don't even live on a street, much less have a valid house number

Using UPS/FedEX and not shipping to a PO Box for signature required or delivery confirmation reasons just slays me... for, like, a dime-quarter more postage, you can have signature and confirmation with USPS. And you can track your Express packages, or pay a little extra to track Priority Packages with registered mail. You can even schedule package pickup. But most retailers must not know all the postal services available or can't be bothered with it... or have agreed to that "No Compete" clause when they signed up to have another carrier do their shipping.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I don't get medicine by mail. Most medicines can be missed one day without consequence. But not all. It would make more sense to not deliver on Wednesday. First there would be delivery on Tuesay and Thursday and it would guarantee Saturday delvery.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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I don't get medicine by mail. Most medicines can be missed one day without consequence. But not all. It would make more sense to not deliver on Wednesday. First there would be delivery on Tuesay and Thursday and it would guarantee Saturday delvery.
That would never happen. ( poster Missing gave the reasons)

I don't believe Saturday mail delivery is that expensive since it is done by a substitute mail person who gets no benefits .

Scheduling US Postal Service mail carriers to work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with their days off being Sunday and Wednesday isn't gonna happen.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Using UPS/FedEX and not shipping to a PO Box for signature required or delivery confirmation reasons just slays me... for, like, a dime-quarter more postage, you can have signature and confirmation with USPS. And you can track your Express packages, or pay a little extra to track Priority Packages with registered mail. You can even schedule package pickup. But most retailers must not know all the postal services available or can't be bothered with it... or have agreed to that "No Compete" clause when they signed up to have another carrier do their shipping.
I do a fair amount of mail order, and I'd MUCH rather have something delivered via UPS than USPS. The UPS delivery driver will deliver to the house directly (I have a box tucked under the front deck for boxes if I'm not there, and you can usually leave a printed signature form that they'll accept for most "sig required" shipments).

With USPS, they'll deliver ONLY to the mail box out on the highway (never the house directly), and for anything bigger than a small book they just leave a pickup tag. The local Post Office is open Mon-Fri 9am to 4:30 pm, so it's often another day or two before I can pick up the item.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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if they are going to go to six day delivery I prefer Wednesdays being the day off as well.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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But the question in the OP is do we *need* 6-day delivery? Not would it be really nice to have and more convenient, but is it really *necessary*? Would/could you actually have a life threatening issue if you didn't get Saturday home delivery?
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