Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A proposal would end Saturday first-class mail delivery.
The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly planning to announce today that it will stop Saturday first-class mail delivery by Aug. 1. Mail personnel have delivered mail on Saturdays for 150 years, but the plan is to end regular mail service, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail, CBS News reports. The move is the latest attempt by the cash-strapped federal department to save money. It has already cut employees and service, but still reportedly lost $16 billion last year. What do you think about this idea? Would you miss Saturday mail service?
Friday, January 4, 2013
U.S. Postal Service rates are set to change on Jan. 27.
The cost to mail a letter will rise slightly later this month when postal-rate changes go into effect, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters, effective Jan. 27. The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, an announcement from the postal service says. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Letters under one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10, the announcement says. Those looking to save a few cents could stock up on the postal service's Forever stamps (costing 45 cents until the one-cent increase on Jan. 27), which are usable …
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Huffington Post reports the U.S. Postal Service is facing bankruptcy and is making cuts.
The U.S. Postal Service is planning to make some major changes next spring as it faces bankruptcy. The Huffington Post reports that the USPS is facing $3 billion in reductions and plans to slow the delivery of first-class mail and eliminate next-day delivery of stamped letters as a result of those cuts. The postal service has sought help from Congress, but to no avail, HuffPost reports. The cuts, which are being finalized, would potentially close about 250 of the nation's 500 mail processing centers. Consolidating the centers means mail will travel farther between post offices and processing centers, thereby causing the USPS to alter first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971, according to Huffington Post. The …