The Postal Service launched a new Web site today to sell its vision for 5-day mail delivery (which lawmakers may be slowly warming to). Many of you probably know the highlights already: USPS thinks 5-day will save $3 billion per year, post offices and other facilities will remain open on Saturdays, etc.
One thing that’s not posted yet, which I know is of great interest to the Postal Regulatory Commission, the Government Accountability Office, and other analysts: An official estimate of how much mail volume will suffer from switching to 5-day.
As I said on Monday, I’m skeptical of the most dire claims — but mail volume will undoubtedly take a hit. How much? USPS isn’t saying yet — not until March 30, at least, when a detailed study on 5-day is expected to go online.