Sunday, February 21, 2010

Revised USPS Five-Day Delivery Plan

Direct Mail News reports, "Under its revised plan to cut mail delivery to five days a week, the US Postal Service would eliminate delivery to street addresses and some processing on Saturday, but it would not close post offices."

The USPS' original five-day delivery plan called for shutting down processing on Saturdays and Sundays, according to an article by Kate Muth.

The USPS' revised plan was influenced by nearly 40 meetings with stakeholder groups, Sam Pulcrano, VP of sustainability at the Postal Service, told attendees of the quarterly Mailers Technical Advisory Committee meeting this week.

The revised plan also calls for the USPS to continue to accept bulk business mail at plants on weekends. Mail will continue to be transported between processing plants on Saturdays as well, Pulcrano is quoted as saying. However, the USPS would not process originating mail, which is mail entered at a post office facility, until Mondays.

Pulcrano added that customers were confused about the USPS plan, which never called for eliminating post office hours on Saturday. He said that congressional and consumer education are key to the plan's acceptance.

If Congress, and other groups such as the Postal Regulatory Commission, were to approve the plan, it would be implemented by mid-2011 at the earliest.

To see the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM