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March 21, 2009

Postal Service Reducing Workforce, Offices as Mail Volume Falls

According to Bloomberg: “The U.S. Postal Service said it will offer early retirement to about 150,000 workers, close administrative offices and eliminate more than 3,000 jobs to help resolve a financial crisis as the volume of mail declines.

Stamped mail is down to 1964 levels, officials said, contributing to a deficit that reached $2.8 billion in 2008 and is likely to be larger this year.

Business at the post office has dropped as economic activity slows and people and businesses turn to e-mail and electronic billing and payment, postal officials have said. The service yesterday said there are “no signs of economic recovery in sight.” “

9 Comments »

  1. Well yeah who wouldn’t pay their bills via internet vs. snail mail. This doesn’t have anything to do with the economy, it’s just common sense. Postal service is a thing of the past.

    I am sorry for those postal workers who will lose their jobs, but this is no surprise.

    Comment by anon — March 21, 2009 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

    • I do not know what kind of business your in. I operate a business and rely on the postal service. Yes the economy is a major factor, that is why UPS, FEDEX have experience hard times. DHL closed there doors in the US. Look at the facts before complaining about mailing or interneting your bills.

      Comment by eric — March 22, 2009 @ 10:18 am | Reply

      • I feel bad for the personnel losing jobs. I will mail all my bills to help my postman keep his job.

        Comment by Tomas — March 22, 2009 @ 10:20 am | Reply

    • They are good in delivering junk mail in tons. USPS must die

      Comment by Anonymous — March 23, 2009 @ 7:21 am | Reply

      • your the first to complain about the junk mail and also the first one to wait for the mailman at the first and the third for the check loser

        Comment by Anonymous — March 25, 2009 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

        • I send/receive my payments online; no need to wait for the mailman. If i need something really delivered, I’ll use UPS. I do not need the USPS’s junk mail, lost mail, etc. winner.

          Comment by Anonymous — March 26, 2009 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  2. Shouldn’t the USPS operate like a private business. If you don’t keep up with the product the customers want, you go out of business or downsize. Usually without any golden handshake to the employees. Perhaps the USPS should come into the 21st century. Deliver junk mail once a week. Deliver regular mail 5 days a week. And, think of ways to increase your exposure and market using the internet. Compete with FedEx and UPS.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 26, 2009 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

    • I would be happy to pay USPS subscription for:
      – paperless delivery (email) for the certain types of my mail;
      – an option to block junk mail;
      – an option to pickup my mail from Post Office in my zip (I do not need someones tax forms in my mail box and do not want mine in someone’s — just because mailman made a mistake).

      So far I doubt that USPS will successfully make into 21st century. I’d rather see UPS or FedEx to go into regular mail delivery at some point.

      Comment by DF — March 26, 2009 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

    • Excellent points above. I suggest you all apply or write to USPS and tell them your ideas. Also the stamp cost is too confusing. If you buy a book of stamps and rarely send mail, you don’t know if your stamps are up to date when you eventually use them. A book of stamps bought a point “A” should should be good through the life of the book even if you use them a year to two or three years later. I think USPS does offer something similar, but really we don’t have time to read and choose stamps.

      Comment by anon — March 26, 2009 @ 9:37 pm | Reply


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