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USPS: 80 Of Americans Support New Delivery Schedule

A survey released today by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), conducted by independent market research company IPSOS between February 8-11, found that 80% of Americans support the new delivery schedule, which as of August 5 eliminates Saturday mail delivery (package delivery remains unaffected). The survey was conducted among 1,002 U.S. residents at least 18 years of age.
The percentage of respondents that supported the new schedule was consistent across income levels (over and under $50k), age groups (18-34, 35-54, and 55-plus), and communities (urban, suburban, and rural).
These results, says Toni DeLancey, senior manager of public relations at the USPS, reinforces the agency’s assertion that the American public supports the new delivery schedule. “Market research conducted over the last several years by the Postal Service and numerous news outlets consistently showed 70% of Americans supported the move to a five day delivery schedule,” DeLancey says. “With our new plan to maintain six-day package delivery, we expected higher support, which is reflected in this new survey.”
The release of the survey comes one day after Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to plead for passage of a reform bill that will allow the agency to take measures to solve its substantial financial problems. us postal hold mail
The survey results were also released in the face of heavy Congressional criticism directed at Donahoe, most notably from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who was irritable that Donahoe made the scheduling decision without Congress’s permission and said that the Postmaster General had “damaged his reputation with Congressional leaders.” Reid stated that the unapproved schedule change would “complicate” the passage of postal reform legislation.
The USPS hopes that public support of its schedule will trump Congressional disapproval. usps forward mail
“This survey, combined with other surveys completed by major news outlets, consistently show the American public strongly supports our new delivery schedule of six-day package, five-day mail delivery,” DeLancey says. “With strong support from the American public, we hope Congress will eliminate or prohibit any impediments to our new delivery schedule.”

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USPS Online Mail Hold Process

I’ve always had this funny feeling that whenever I put a hold on my mail with the USPS it never actually happens. My Mom used to do this the old-fashioned way, waiting in line at the Post Office and filling out one of those forms saying that she would pick it up in a week or whatever, yet whenever she would return from vacation her mailbox was usually full. She finally resorted to the even more old-fashioned way — her neighbor retrieves it.

But I, however, utilized the more high-tech way. Doing it online. It’s simple, quick and can be done from the comfort of home. Oh, and it doesn’t work. Apparently, at all.

I’ve had my suspicions in the past, but I had always had the mail resume the day we would return. So a full mailbox would always greet us. But then one day we returned in the early afternoon, before the mail usually arrives, and our box was filled. That seemed a little odd but, perhaps, it was the one day the carrier actually arrived before 1 p.m. I could, I guess, give them the benefit of the doubt. But no longer.

On this past trip I placed the online hold for delivery on Tuesday, July 21, knowing we would be returning Monday evening. I would finally see if the USPS was doing their job. However, a heat wave in California combined with crappy gold panning sent us home Sunday. As we were arriving in Reno, I remembered the mail hold and wondered if it would be worth the hassle to go into the branch Monday and see if I could pick up my mail instead of waiting for Tuesday. I needn’t have wasted the thought. usps redelivery form

Jammed into our mailbox were three magazines, a couple bills, a AAA renewal, attorney letters, IRA statements and the usual run of Smart & Final ads and other junk mail. In other words, it was packed with a week’s worth of mail.

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