I hope you were sitting down when you read the headline, but it’s true. The move to five day delivery, whether we like it or not, is necessary. USPS has to reduce its operating costs because the market has changed. The status quo is no longer the new norm – but the bureaucrats in D.C. don’t get it.
On Friday, March 22, the Washington Post reported, “The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that the current stopgap budget requires the Postal Service to maintain six-day delivery. GAO counsel said the same rule would apply under the funding plan Congress approved Thursday. Lawmakers who oppose five-day service applauded the GAO report, saying it proves that the Postal Service must continue delivering mail on Saturdays.”
Fortunately, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are putting up a fight and telling USPS to move forward. For the long-term health of our industry, we also need to backup the USPS. It may not be the easy thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.