I listened to Postmaster General Patrick Donohue talk about his plan for 5-day mail service while I was at the National Newspaper Association’s Leadership Summit March 21 in Washinton, DC.
Even using his numbers, the cut in service is not the answer to the economic problems of the post office.
Donohoe showed us a slide show on first class mail volume. From 2007 to the present, that volume has been in steady decline. The difference is a loss of 37 percent.
Those of us who use first class mail to receive checks and send out invoices know that service has declined in that same five year period and the cost of mailing has increased. Remember the price of sending a first class envelope was 39 cents at the start of 2007.
So with a decline in service and increasing cost, would you stay with a vendor if there was a good alternative?
Donohoe asked the publishers in the room, how many pay their bills on line.
After he basically said he would not work with us on keeping 6-day service or allowing mailbox use for other carriers if delivery service were discontinued on Saturday, more than one publisher in the room began talking about using an alternate to first class mail for invoices and checks.