Monday, July 13, 2009

Five day delivery -- Many Americans like the idea

A Gallup poll published recently found 95 percent of Americans believe it is vital for USPS to remain in business, with two-thirds of respondents saying it’s very important to them for the Postal Service to survive.

Americans also prefer the Postal Service’s proposal to reduce mail deliveries to five days a week as the most acceptable step toward meeting the financial challenges facing USPS.
  • The poll asked Americans about nine possible remedies to help USPS financially.
  • Sixty-six percent of respondents favor the plan to reduce mail deliveries by a day, with 33 percent opposed to the idea.
  • The same percentage of respondents said reducing to five the number of days local Post Offices are open as the best option, with 32 percent opposed.
    Respondents were evenly divided on federal funding for USPS, with 48 percent supporting each side.

So what do you think? Leave a comment here.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the USPS gives up Saturday delivery, it will lose the chief advantage it has over FEDEX and UPS. Saturday delivery at no extra charge gives USPS 20% more delivery-possible days per week than the other two - a huge advantage when a customer is trying to decide who will deliver their package. If USPS is still cheaper, great - but tell me I'll get it sooner and at or below the cost of the other two and I'm coming on board.

Anonymous said...

5 days then out of business

Edward A - Denver, CO said...

I believe five day delivery will work fine as long as the retail offices remain open on Saturdays and the five day delivery is M-F wich is a normal business week for most Americans.

Anonymous said...

Majority Rules- But Congress has the say so.

Anonymous said...

Was one of the questions on the survey, "Do you support your local Post Office by mailing your bills rather than paying them online?"

Seems the public is adamant about keeping post offices in their neighborhoods, but they don't support them.

Anonymous said...

Only way to go-shameful that the unions are crying the blues! Would they rather have no U.S.P.S.?

Anonymous said...

Will Federal funding for USPS mean Federal control? The Federal government seems to be going in debt faster than ever before. Would they help us or hinder us?

Anonymous said...

Five day delivery -YES. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase our PO Box rent for those that prefer 6-day delivery!

Anonymous said...

FIVE DAY DELIVERY MARKS THE END OF THE POSTAL SERVICE.

Anonymous said...

I believe that a five day delivery is just a short term fix and we aren't looking at the future of the post office. I think in the long run it is a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

I question the number of survey participants being termed as "Americans". If you read the full report, only about 1000.00 people were surveyed. This is not indicative of the MAJORITY of "Americans". There is still a lot of wasteful spending within the USPS, budgets should get another study to cut the FAT. There are also too many managerial positions. Keep delivery at 6 days per week.

gerardf1957 said...

USPS says 5 day delivery would apply to PO Boxes too.

Anonymous said...

Good way to really bite the dust.
The end.

Anonymous said...

Reducing services is no way to revitalize a business...I think this is a short-sighted idea and would mark the beginning of the end for the Postal Service.

Anonymous said...

I believe that 5 day delivery will work in most locations, but not necessarily all. The PMG is seeking universal service and that could be dangerous. I think the plants should still sort and deliver the mail as normal on Saturdays, less DPS mail. This would allow customers to come to the PO on Saturdays and pick up their parcels. We need to stop the "doom and gloom" talk and find ways of cutting costs. Yes, we have too much structure and micromanagement that could be eliminated, but we also have to consider reducing staff across the board. Every company that has a drop in business will experience layoffs...to believe that we can actually avoid this by staying on 6 day delivery is a little wishful thinking.

Anonymous said...

What you are not saying is that they were asked which option they would prefer, 5 day delivery or a raise in the rates. Who in their right mind would tell them they would rather have a rate hike.