cman: Isnt the post office in financial trouble, too?If successful, the test, which is scheduled to last one year, could bring in between $10 million and $50 million in the San Francisco market.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: Only problem is that Amazon has started same day delivery too. Odds are this was not taken into account when projecting these figures. When private companies go up against public companies where service is concerned public loses every time
theesir: It always kills me when people biatch about the service provided by the post office. For $.45 I can have a piece of mail make it anywhere in the US in about 3 days, sometimes less. Yeah that's some shiatty ass service there.
Rusty Shackleford: I live in Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle. A friend sold something on eBay to a guy in Florida. Mailed it in the morning here, on an island off the coast of Canada.It was delivered the next day. In Florida.We still can't figure how that worked.
brandent: My simple plan for the Post Office.1. Jack up bulk rates. There's no need in 2012 for the US Government to be running an advertising firm. This will reduce volume of mail dramatically (and also revenue).2. Deliver 3 days per week to residences on a blue/gold route. i.e. blue=M,W,F and gold=T,Th,Sat.3. Any business wanting 5 day per week service pays a nominal monthly fee.4. Then close most of the post processing centers and post offices as most of the volume would be gone. Keep at least a main branch open for other services in each city.5. Set rates appropriately on First Class to meet the new funding requirement (that might be $2/letter).6. Encourage use of kiosk postal centers (there's one in the drug store near my house).
Why Would I Read the Article: Rusty Shackleford: I live in Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle. A friend sold something on eBay to a guy in Florida. Mailed it in the morning here, on an island off the coast of Canada.It was delivered the next day. In Florida.We still can't figure how that worked.I know that Canada isn't the most technologically advanced nation on earth, but you guys don't even have, nor have apparently ever heard of, airplanes?
limeyfellow: Or we could simply remove the rule where the post office has to put away 70 years of pensions money in an account that can't be touched and doesn't gather interest for every person they higher and they be back in the black instantly. After all the rule was solely created for the post office to try and bankrupt it. Then no other changes have to be made.
Rusty Shackleford: Look at a map, Chester. Less than 24 hours to get sorted in Canada, go basically diagonally across the continent, clear international customs, and be sorted and delivered at the other end. That's pretty remarkable for basic airmail service by Canada Post/USPS (normally it's a week).
Odd Bird: theesir: It always kills me when people biatch about the service provided by the post office. For $.45 I can have a piece of mail make it anywhere in the US in about 3 days, sometimes less. Yeah that's some shiatty ass service there.Generally agree with this though I will relate an observation of my own; Priority mail from one post office frequently took 4-6 days for delivery, Priority mail from another center took half that time. Same destination, post offices were about 4 miles from each other.
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