Sweeping Changes Being Planned For USPS

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 2, 2010 at 6:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Consumers are changing the way they use the Postal Service and the Post Office is losing so much money it has to fight back.

Because the Postal Service is literally hemorrhaging money and are looking for new ways to stay afloat.

One of the most drastic changes the Post Office is looking at is cutting mail delivery from six days a week to five, losing Saturday delivery.

Officials also want to open up small mini-post offices, in retail outlets, such as grocery stores.

Postmaster General Jack Potter says, “We are rapidly reaching the point of diminishing returns. There is only so much you can cut before you seriously begin to impact service."

A request to cancel a day of delivery would go to the Postal Regulatory Commission, which would then hold public hearings.

It could be a long process to make this change. Federal law requires six-day delivery, so it would have to go through Congress.

We wanted to know what you thought of cutting Saturday mail delivery so we took our camera's out on the street.

Theo Sewell of Fort Wayne said, “They need to save money. You got UPS and them guys out here that deliver six- seven days a-week. Ya-know if they can’t do it any more efficiently then why not stop it. If they need to save money give them the authority to raise the stamps to a dollar and be done with it.”

And Jeff Hall of Fort Wayne said, “I think that the Saturday postal service is really good because a lot of people can’t do a lot of activity during the week. Ya-know So you’re taking away from the working person during the week and they have to make time to schedule time away from their job. So I don’t think it’s a good idea at all.”

Besides canceling a day of delivery, other possible changes could include rate increases and closing post offices.





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