February 7, 2013 |
As AOL used to say, “You've got mail!” But maybe not on Saturdays if the mail you are looking for is being delivered by the much-maligned “snail mail” of the United States Postal Service. On Wednesday, the USPS announced Saturday delivery of letters would be eliminated by August in order to save $2 billion annually. The Postal Service has been struggling financially for a long time, as we all know, so this sort of cutback is hardly surprising. As the latest reduction in service is discussed and debated, though, it is worth remembering that the Postal Service's troubles are not entirely a result of the historic shift in how Americans communicate with one another.
December 7, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service could hardly have come up with a worse solution to its financial problems than its proposal to slow first-class delivery to the point of irrelevance. Instead of delivering mail in a day or so, it would take two to three — at least. In other words, unless people who still pay bills by mail sent off their checks a week in advance, they wouldn't be guaranteed delivery by the due date. The new delivery times could prove lethal to the DVD-by-mail portion of Netflix operations, though that company has been managing to damage its business on its own. If more than a week is needed to receive a DVD and get it back to the video-rental company (this doesn't count viewing time)
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July 11, 1988
In his column calling for more Postal Service research, Greenberg states "the U.S. Postal Service is probably second only to the Japanese in battering the American economy." Perhaps Greenberg should explain how the Postal Service, which has received no federal funds since 1971 and is a totally self-supporting enterprise with a net surplus over the last 10 years, is "battering" our economy. Greenberg further states that Postal Service productivity has not kept pace with the growing mail volume.
February 6, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to stop delivering most mail on Saturdays is likely to have an effect on the business world. The Postal Service said it made the announcement Wednesday -- about six months in advance of implementing a five-day mail delivery schedule on Aug. 5 -- to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust. Hallmark Card Inc., the Kansas City-based greeting card company, said it anticipated problems with the decision. "Hallmark continues to believe a reduction in service will not induce customer loyalty and will negatively impact small towns and small businesses that depend on timely, affordable, reliable mail delivery," the company said . "This move should only be considered once all other cost-saving options are fully explored and acted upon.
December 2, 1986 |
A combination of cost-cutting and a good interest rate on the investment of excess cash brought the U.S. Postal Service a $304.6-million profit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Postmaster General Preston R. Tisch reported today. The 1986 budget projected a break-even year, and Tisch characterized the surplus as "close to our break-even mandate." The Postal Service had lost $251 million a year earlier. Next year's budget has been calculated without a rate increase.
March 20, 1986
A vacant furniture warehouse at Colorado Avenue and 11th Street in Santa Monica has been renovated and redesigned as a U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting facility. The $1.3-million project was designed by Matlin & Dvoretzky architects of Santa Monica. Beverly Hills developer Larry Field of the Richlar Partnership is leasing the 15,500-square-foot facility to the Postal Service. An existing facility across the street will remain in use.
April 14, 2013 |
Many years ago -- it seems like a lifetime -- I used to hang around in a house in the Silver Lake hills lived in by Postal Service producer Jimmy Tamborello. He had a number of roommates, including a friend of mine named Pedro Benito, who once played in a band called Sunday's Best, and later in the Jealous Sound. The house had a great view of the reservoir and was the type of place that facilitated the comings and goings of a lot of creative types and many, many musicians. Tamborello was kind and quiet and spent most of his time in his bedroom crafting beats and instrumental tracks.
April 14, 2013 |
When did you first hear the Postal Service? If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically. " And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
September 8, 2011
Mailing it in Re "Postal Service said to be near collapse," Sept. 7 Rain, sleet or snow can't stop the postman from delivering the mail, but apparently heavy debts might. Because of the Internet and stiff competition from rivals, the U.S. Postal Service is in dire financial shape as the result of rising costs and diminishing revenue, which will result in a deficit this fiscal year of more than $9 billion. Even if it is saved, the Postal Service will be but a shadow of its formal self, as nearly 4,000 post offices may be closed, a third of its workforce let go, and there probably will be at least one less delivery day. This raises the question: Is the Postal Service worth saving?