Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?
Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1. The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays. According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
What does the U.S. Post Office price increase mean to you?
The US Post Office is increasing the price of stamps and other shipping on Jan. 27. How much? A penny on the stamp — increasing it from 45 to 46 cents. Shipping packages with Priority Mail will be going up too, anywhere from 45 cents to as much as $1.40 per box. Years ago, we might have rushed out to the post office to buy one-cent stamps or Forever stamps or using up the old stamps before the price jump. But nowadays you can pay your bills online and send electronic greeting cards, so do you even need to mail anything anymore? How often do you use the post office? Do you use another shipping service like UPS or FedEx when you ship packages? Tell us all about it in our comment section.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Decline in mail volume, loss of revenue cited as reasons for the March 25 closure.
Signed, sealed… closed. March 25 is the official date chosen to shutter the Edgewater Branch of the US Postal Service near the intersection of Detroit Avenue and W. 117th Street. And the decision is final. The 47-year-old branch — often referred to as the East End post office — was selected along with four other Cuyahoga County locations to close last year. Only a couple of employees still staff the location, and they will be relocated to other post offices in the area. The decision came down to dollars and cents. USPS District Manager Todd Hawkins noted in a December letter that the closing is due to a “drastic decline in mail volume.” It’s no secret that fewer people are using the mail these days. The agency reported a $329 million loss …