So in an effort to stop the great losses that the post office is experiencing they are looking at cutting down one day of mail delivery. There is a lot of talk going around about cutting Saturday mail delivery and only having delivery on ‘regular’ business days of Monday through Friday.
In theory this should work fine but then you realize that this means there will be delivery on Friday and then nothing again until Monday. This means there is a TWO day gap in the delivery of mail which could lead to some major problems for those who depend on the mail carriers.
In this age of electronic EVERYTHING you might wonder who is really going to be affected by this change but just because you don’t depend on that little white truck it does not mean that everyone else will be fine.
In my case I won’t miss the weekend delivery and in fact it might be better not to come home on Monday to an overstuffed mail box because I went out of town over the weekend.
I think that a better solution would be to cut a mid day delivery….like maybe Wednesday instead of Saturday. This way there would only be a ONE day break in delivery of mail which should not affect things too badly.
Having the mail operate on Saturdays will be good for those who cannot steal time during the week to stand in the crazily LONG lines at the post office during the week.
It would also make a difference between your electric/credit card/mortgage check having a one day sleepover in the post office rather than two days and then possibly getting to your financial institution late.
In any case I would prefer losing Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday over Saturday when it comes to the mail even though I am not dependent on it like some people.
What do you think about the move to cut out Saturday mail services?
It wouldn’t bother me at all to not have mail on Saturday. I pay all bills electronically. All I would miss is one day of junk mail. There might be some who depend on Saturday delivery, but I am sure that ultimately we would all adjust.
I live in Canada and in my lifetime, we have never had weekend mail delivery. Truth-told, the only time you will ever recieve mail on a Saturday is when something major like the Harry Potter books are released… then they have a special force that delivers them. 🙂 Our local post offices have one or two people on staff for the same hours as retail shops, so you can go there almost anytime to pick up or send packages, and the lines are only annoyingly-long around the holidays.
And speaking as someone who had to handle the inbound and outbound mail for a business, there is no way companies would aprove a mid-week no-mail day. Too many rely on the constant weekday mail-flow. My previous boss was a mail-Nazi and if the mail wasn’t delivered by 9 am, he would be harrassing me every 5 minutes about whether it was here yet. Once he actually freaked out on the mail-carrier and told him he would get him fired for delivering it at 11:00… the poor guy was in a mandatory city-wide meeting and none of the carriers had hit the road until late morning. If there was a mid-week mail-less day, my boss’s head would explode and I’m sure he’s not the only one.
Honestly, very little ‘essential’ stuff happens to us which is impacted via the mail. Most bills are paid online and such, so it would have little impact to us at all. A few years ago I was big into Netflix and would get movies so often, that this would have been a noticeable problem, but we have cut back on that a lot now that we have kids, so that’s not even an issue anymore.
My mom sends a card once in a while, but other than that, the vast majority of what we get is junk. I couldn’t care less about a no-wkend delivery.
Thanks for these tips but i never miss my any mail because i use forwarding systems of mails.
Post?? I do not know when I found something interesting in my mailbox last. All bills is on email now in Sweden, perhaps a Christmas card or birthday card a couple of times a year. Put down the post office.
Personally, it doesn’t bother me since nowadays most of the bills can be checked online. I can check my credit card statement online and pay the bills online. It’s just so sad because not everyone have internet access.
In our country ( Slovenia, Europe) we get the mail on saturdays mostly in the larger cities (25k+ citizens )<- thats large here :).
We could do without them of course, due to the fact that there is nothing so obligatory and no payments need to be made "ASAP", but we all have 7-14 day deadlines on bills etc. There would be no great losses, except perhaps during the christmass holidays when the work load quadrillionizes.
I have my bills delivered online. Besides, here in Canada, I never received a single mail on a Saturday.
I think it will not affect me much since I pay all my bills online. Although I do get some statements offline in my mail, but I think that’s ok.
You make a great point here Lulu, I never thought about it that way. But your right it would make sense to give up a weekday so there is only a one day gap. Have they even thought of that?
These are all good recommendations, but for me it’s not that applicable now. Because everything can be checked through the internet and that includes your bills and other stuff you received from you usual mails. But then again, it’s always better to keep an mail deliveries.
I have to agree with you. Better to cut a delivery day during the week rather than two weekend days. Wednesday would seem to be an ideal candidate. I’m sure it will be much easier to adapt to that than have two days of non-delivery.
I really think they could cut saturday deliveries without too much of a problem. Snail mail will grow less and less important when most things are switched over to email.
I still haven’t switched all my bills to automatic pay online. I don’t feel comfortable without being able to look at my bill before i write the check.
Another day of the week of not getting mail wouldn’t effect me at all, because most of the mail is junk.
we’ve never had mail delivery on a saturday in Australia. I don’t think we need it. Iguess it’s what you get used to.