Saturday mail delivery is back - but why?
Friday, April 19, 2013 11:00 AM
The U.S. Postal Service has backed away from plans to give up on Saturday home delivery.
Last week, Postal Service officials said congressional pressure and language written into a recent bill scuttled the idea and locked a cash-strapped mail service into its traditional, six-day home mail delivery schedule.
The Postal Service pointed to what it called "restrictive legislation" contained in Congress' continuing resolution, which provided funding to keep the government from shutting down, that prevented changes in the delivery schedule.
What's the holdup here?
Ditching Saturday delivery would have saved the Postal Service about $2 billion a year. That's just the start for a business that had an operating loss of $15.9 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.
When the no-Saturday-delivery model was suggested, the protest was nearly nonexistent. Customers might not have cared for the idea. But in an age when hard-copy mail has been eaten alive by digital communication and delivery, very few cried.
If the U.S. Postal Service is expected to save itself, accommodations have to be made so it can run itself as a business would. Forcing the post office to deliver on a day that has been deemed expendable - by providers and customers, alike - makes no sense.