Unenthusiastic about the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal for five-day-a-week mail service? Consider the possibility of every-other-day delivery.
That’s today’s deep thought, courtesy of the USPS’ inspector general’s blog. We won’t even begin to list the politically influential groups that would pounce on the idea if the Postal Service sought to pursue it, but for the sake of argument, here goes:
As the IG notes, a study earlier this year predicted that the average amount of daily mail per “delivery point” will fall from 3.8 pieces to 2.8 pieces by 2020. If that prediction holds good, then more households will receive no mail on any particular day (that already happens occasionally, a Fedline colleague confirms). “Therefore, postal delivery may only be needed three day a week,” the IG says. “Some homes could receive mail on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while others, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.”
Customers who still needed six-day-a-week delivery could use post office boxes, thus generating more revenue and added traffic for the Postal Service, the IG continues. And while delivery would be less frequent for the rest of us, a thrice-weekly “mail moment” might feel more significant. And it might generate some significant savings for the Postal Service, the IG estimates–on the order of $10 billion per year.