Elimination of Saturday Delivery Shelved — Price Increase Looming?

By on April 12th, 2013

In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Postal Board has delayed the elimination of Saturday mail delivery slated to being August 5.

This doesn’t mean that the transition won’t happen. It just won’t happen immediately. Apparently, the board still supports the long-term elimination of Saturday mail, but it appears to be claiming that the USPS didn’t have the authority to change its own schedule and that legislation first must be passed to give it this authority.

The fallout?

Mailers don’t need to worry about adjusting their mailing schedules through summer and fall.

The USPS has expressed that, if it is not allowed to cut these $2 billion in costs by a change in schedule, heft rate increases may take it place.

In an article in DM News, there was an interesting comment from the perspective of catalogers, who apparently are very much in support of five-day mail delivery:

Our members say they’ll take one-day delivery if it translates into lower cost. That’s how much of an overarching concern cost is. — Hamilton Davison, president of the American Catalog Mailers Association

What do you think? Is the delay a relief or a concern?

 

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One Response to “Elimination of Saturday Delivery Shelved — Price Increase Looming?”

  1. D. Eadward Tree Says:

    I think virtually all mailers except some publishers of daily and weekly newspapers and magazines agree with Hamilton. And some of those publishers might have second thoughts when they realize that, as a result of not being able to curtail Saturday delivery, the Postal Service is looking at an emergency rate increase specifically for Periodicals: http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2013/04/publishers-may-pay-to-preserve-saturday.html