US Postal Service Survey: Cutting Saturday Delivery an Option

Like many companies and government agencies, the United States Postal Service is facing a financial crisis. They are considering cuts such as downgrading from six-day delivery to five-day delivery each week, but are facing resistance from unions and workers who are afraid of losing their jobs.

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Not a Huge Loss

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 42% of respondents said they rarely send mail or packages via USPS, either for work or personal reasons. 27% said they use USPS monthly, 22.5% said they use it weekly, and only 4.8% said they use it daily. Even fewer, 3.8%, said they never use it.

When asked about how changing to a 5-day delivery week, 42.3% of respondents said the change would not affect them at all, and 44.8% said it would only affect them a little. Only 13% said it would greatly affect them.

The E-mail Effect

It’s no secret that the growing popularity of e-mail and other forms of digital communication have hurt the Postal Service through the years. 43.3% of respondents said they send less mail now than they used to, and 30.8% said they hardly even use traditional mail anymore. But 26% of respondents said they still use traditional mail the same amount as they did before.

Making Cuts

Something needs to be done so that the US Postal Service can continue running effectively. The most common solution mentioned by respondents is cutting Saturday delivery, which was suggested by 48.3%. 41.8% said they think the USPS might need a total restructuring plan. 26% said it should consider scaling back retirement plans and benefit packages. 20.3% said it should possibly close offices. And only 16.8% said it should consider layoffs.

Whatever the solution for the US Postal Service, it probably needs to happen soon. Cutting Saturday delivery seems to be an option that wouldn’t affect many Americans, but can it be done without laying off workers?

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Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.