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    Postmaster General announced plans today to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays
    Does anyone see this as a big deal? Surprised it took this long.

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    I only check my mail once a week anyway. Everything is electronically done these days. Only mail I get is "junk" mail, and that comes on Wednesdays...
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    I have a PO box 5 miles away on Main Street and go there when I need to get out of the office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    I have a PO box 5 miles away on Main Street and go there when I need to get out of the office.
    My business PO box I only check about once a month.

    Which reminds me, coming up for renewal. USPS raised their rates again. Went up to $60/year - Second price increase in as many years. I need to call The UPS Store and see what they charge.
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    Not personally a big deal for me, no. For a few "community newspapers" around the Ozarks area, yes. Several such publications are on the brink of going under anyway and now losing the ability to get to their subscribers via mail in a timely manner, they say they'll go under.

    But except for various similar rural situations, I doubt the country as a whole will notice.

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    Which reminds me, coming up for renewal. USPS raised their rates again.
    Interesting that we have to renew at the same time. Thought it was clocked when we first rented the box.

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    The UPS Store is not anywhere near competitive.

    Business boxes start at $19.95 - A MONTH.

    WRONG answer...
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    Well, we won't really know until August the 5th when it kicks in.

    The fact that packages will still be delivered on Saturdays, commerce itself won't really be impeded, but any junk mail or personal correspondence, that was going First Class or less, not being received until the following Monday, won't upset to many people, in my opinion.

    Not to go to far outside of the scope of the question, UPS and FedEx could never do what USPS does for the price they do it.

    And if Congress asked UPS and FedEx to treat their retirement plan, as they have asked the USPS to treat theirs, well there would only be one package carrier. I digress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekForeal View Post
    UPS and FedEx could never do what USPS does for the price they do it.
    Obviously neither can the USPS...
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    That is one function of government that is best done by them. Although it would be interesting if that was competed against local contractors. Would be similar to early cell service. I doubt we see this change in our lifetime!

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    Well, they need to improve efficiency as Fedex and UPS are gaining market share at the cost of USPS.

    Cast and point.
    USPS wanted $26 to ship a package. Parcel post, no tracking, no insurance, 5 day delivery

    Fedex Ground. $24.95 to ship the package. Ground (4 day arrival est), tracking, added $200 insurance.

    USPS need to cut cost through efficiency, and that will make them more competitive.

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