Although eliminating Saturday delivery has been heavily debated, reducing delivery to 5 days a week may not be enough. There has been some discussion of whether the viable model for the U.S. Postal Service of the future will incorporate 3-day delivery.

A 2010 study by the Boston Consulting Group for the Postal Service forecasts that the average pieces of mail per delivery point per delivery day will drop from 3.8 to 2.8 by 2020. If this projection holds true, then more households will likely receive no mail on any given day. With the increasing availability of alternative communication choices, it is unlikely that the demand for mail delivery will ever return to previous levels. Therefore, postal delivery may only be needed 3 days a week. Some homes could receive mail on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while others, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Delivery would still occur 6 days a week for Post Office boxes. This additional benefit for P.O. Boxes would meet the needs of customers who have need of 6-day delivery, while generating higher revenue and increasing traffic for the Post Office.

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For many customers in the future, the amount of mail they will receive on a given day may not warrant the effort required to check their mailboxes every day. Delivering 3 days per week roughly doubles the amount of mail a household receives on a given day, making the “mail moment” of receiving mail more significant. The savings could be significant. With the Postal Service estimating a $3.5 billion saving from cutting one day of delivery, cutting three days could save roughly $10 billion.

An additional benefit of this every-other-day schedule is that about 50 percent of the mail will have an additional day to reach its destination. These savings can be realized through the use of less costly modes of transportation, additional use of hub-and-spoke mail consolidation network design, and additional load balancing for the mail processing equipment.

What do you think? Can this model balance the need to be financially viable while meeting the needs of the public?

This topic is hosted by the OIG’s Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

Comments (72)

  • anon

    Just when I thought 5 day delivery was a dumb idea, someone comes up with an even dumber one. Stupidity is non-stop! Just when you think you've met the dumbest person in the world, an even dumber individual surfaces. No wonder this country is going down the tubes! The stupid people are running the country! Lets just get on with privatization; that seems to be what the real agenda is. They just can't get people to swallow the idea all at once, so they slowly destroy the Postal Service so that it is more palletable later on.

    Sep 21, 2010
  • anon

    If you want to post office to no longer exist, then 3 day delivery would be the key. I've NEVER heard of a SERVICE cutting the only thing they have to offer (service) and expect business to improve. I fix computers for people and I wouldn't make myself less available to save money. I'd be shooting myself in the foot. Think about that.

    Sep 21, 2010
  • anon

    I think this makes sense. As society "progresses" the need for physical transport of mail becomes less necessary. Go for it.

    Sep 21, 2010
  • anon

    I can see a future where the carrier no longer delivers to each house. Soon it will be mandatory to have a PO box. In newer neighborhoods they will be gang boxes on the corner or in a central place. In older neighborhoods, they will be PO boxes at the USPS in that zip code. the cost of the yearly fee would come out of the property tax for that house address. And yes, the mail will be put up when the USPS is good and ready to allow a clerk to put the mail up. So it could sit for days. For people who order Prescriptions and other time sensitive mail pieces, there will be an extra charge to deliver to the house. I don't like this at all, but I can easily imagine this new way of things happening in the next 5 years. And that will end up spelling the end for the USPS. Because UPS will answer with their own boxes, marked way down to draw away from the USPS box sections.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    Seriously, are you people in the OIG really this stupid?!

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    This simply shows how disconnected many levels of the US Postal Service are from the front lines. People need their mail 6 days a week. Carry a route and find out. Want to cut costs? Enforce Title 18 and start weeding out the falsifiers. Set policy for physical fitness on a yearly must pass or retire basis. Don't punish the customers for mismanagement.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    When I mail something I want it there in a reasonable time. Going to every other day will not only destroy that it will ultimately destroy the USPS as well. Shame on you for not being the SERVICE your supposed to be!

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    Just another moronic idea from higher ups who have nothing better to do than sit around and come up with these brainless ideas. Get real

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    I work for the USPS and I can tell you that because of the drop in mail volume my route has gotten much longer, and many city carrier routes have been eliminated. I still get over 6 ft of presort a day along with 6 buckets of flats in the morning. I only get 2 hours to sort all the mail and then carry my 17 mile route. When there is a Holiday and there is no mail for 2 days, it takes me all week to catch up. Going to 5 day or 3 day delivery makes absolutely no sense what so ever. There needs to be some cuts to all of the people I see everyday doing next to nothing before there can be a cut in service. 5 bosses walking around doing nothing, 3 janitors standing around, 2 light duty people knitting, and OIG coming up with numbers to say the workers aren't working. That is only the tip of the ice burg. Cut the waste before you even think about cutting more service. Wake UP!!!

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    If anything the postal service is discriminating against all americans who do not have access to a computer. To get a job with them you have to do it all online, how many veterans do not have a computer or have access to one. I'm waiting for the class action suit to be filed by some minority group or veterans group.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    No matter how much mail the USPS has or doesn't have the main problem is they are terribly mismanaged. In my 34 years of working for the USPS I saw it every day. Changes need to be made in upper management including firing Potter or nothing will ever improve. We all know that won't happen so all these other ideas don't mean squat.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    3 day delivery, alternating coverage within a city over the current 6 day structure, makes more sense than attempting to cover the same territory over a 5 day period, basically achiving nothing. The 3 day model would truely save on energy and maintaine the current "value" of the letter carrier's hourly rate.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    3 day delivery, alternating coverage within a city over the current 6 day structure, makes more sense than attempting to civer the same territory over a 5 day period, basically achiving nothing. The 3 day model would truely save on energy and maintaine the current "value" of the letter carrier's hourly rate.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    I can see on residential customers would have to accept mail delivery every other day. But major businesses that would want their mail delivered everyday from that percentage of people that would still mail in their payments, and other important mail. Plus you never know, all it would take is one major online banking failure and people would go back to mailing in their payments.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    Sounds like a Government plot to het rid of the Post Office. Somebody will be lining their pockets. Dumb,Dumb,Dumb

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    if congress REALLY cared about the future of the united states postal service, they would have someone clean house of all the useless management positions the usps has created, then they would close plants and distribution centers that arent needed, then go to the big cities that have multiple post offices and look into closing one to two in each of the big cities and lastly they would need ALL unions to rewrite their labor contracts to fit todays postal service and stop following rules that were made in 1950!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    why is it ever time i vote it says You Had Already Voted For This Poll. Is it because i don't always agree with the postal Service?

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    Is everyone out to destroy people with jobs? I love getting mail in the mailbox I get tons of it.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    You don't try to build a business by dropping service. We should be going after business not try to make it harder for businesses and patrons to use us.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    Oh yeah this sounds like a great idea. I'm sure the public would love this one. I can just imagine the customers calling their local PO now. How come I didn't get any mail today? Sorry Sir we don't deliver to the odd side of your street until Wednesday. Lets not focus on the real problem say over paying the retirement funds but lets drop service down to only 3 days a week. If the USPS wanted to save money then how about a no day delivery week??? We would save billions! I just lost a little respect for the BCG.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    I think that it is real easy to sit back and say lets eliminate one sixth of the letter carrier work force. If you look at the 2009 Annual Report, you will see that while the City Letter Carrier craft employees has been reduced every year since 2005, the number of Inspector General employees has not.

    Sep 20, 2010
  • anon

    not everyone has a computer to make online payments. i have a computer but i refuse to make online payments.

    Sep 20, 2010

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