The Post Office May be on to Something

Education & Training with Glasswork Media Arts

Maybe they finally got it right.


But They May have it Backwards


I have been seeing from all the media world that the post office will no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays coming this August. I have seen posts on Facebook, TwitterLinked In,Uspslogoheard it on the radio, and now just a minute ago on 3 differentTV news reports. We all know the post office has been a completely mismanaged institution since it’s inception in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general. The institution has changed over the years, but much like the LIRR it has been a money pit since that first day. In it’s latest move theUSPS is shutting down postal delivery on Saturdays beginning in August of this year. While this move is designed to save money, I think we as a culture have an opportunity to really change our culture as Americans, and put the post office in a positive place.


Hear Me Out


So the post office is shutting down letter delivery for Saturdays, package delivery will remain the same. Before we go too far, let me ask a simple question. When you go to your local post office to pick up your daily dose of mail, or maybe you get your dose delivered straight to your home, free of charge. When you open those gems of information, (bills) do you pay them immediately? I would presume that like myself, many place those bills in a basket or some other caldron to be dealt with later, usually at least a week later or more. After all, most of the important communication that comes your way these days comes via electronic delivery,email, text etc. I cannot tell you the last time that I received a letter, or important business document via “snail mail”.



Does Your Business Operate via the USPO


student_billsSo how much “business” does your business do via the traditional post office model. Is the post office even necessary anymore. The only thing that really comes through that pipeline in my business is bills, in fact there are two varieties of mail that dominate delivery these days. Advertisements, (junk mail) and bills. As explained in a previous paragraph we all pretty much handle the bills portion the same, but what about the adverts? I am willing to go out on a limb and bet we petty much all deposit those in the same file, the round file next to our desks. Like most my pile is separated right there, advert (trash) or bill (deal with later).  So there you have it, either put aside to be dealt with all at once at a later date, and tossed into the burn pile. Neither very necessary.


How About we Reinvent the Wheel


So lets do something crazy, lets rethink the whole operation. I think we are missing a great opportunity to not only make the USPO a profitable operation, relieving the American tax payer of at least one Government program that doesn’t work, but more importantly…a chance to affect our culture in a very positive manner.  These days we all talk about finding that balance, balance between the consistent work, work, work, mode that is a requirement for business success in this on demand technology induced society, and the all important family, or me time. There is so much talk in todays business circles about the need to de-stress from the business environment this technology driven world places us.  The need is there, and we have an opportunity right in front of us, lets take it….


Stay With Me


Here is the proposal seen through the mind of this social media astronaut and digital junkie. How about we turn the whole thing around. How about the USPO delivers mail ONLY onhappyFamily-Pardee Homes-Carmel ValleySaturday, you heard right. Deliver packages Monday thru Friday, but only the mail on Saturdays. Personally, I would love to get my bills delivered all at once as opposed to trickling in little by little all week. The majority of us are doing the same thing with those bills anyway, placing them in a pile to go through and pay on Saturday, the only day we have time to correctly deal with them. Think of the increase in business productivity that can occur when we are focused on making money all week, instead of being constantly reminded that we owe money. Think of the positive mental effective this would have on your personal life as well. Instead of coming home to a pile of daily bills, and a loving family, (that order is very often mis-prioritized). Yes instead, you come home to only a loving family to think about. Think of the positive impact that would have on your productivity as a human being. We are always talking about working smart these days, being productive as opposed to being busy. I know for me, this would increase my productivity in a business sense without a doubt, but more importantly, I know it would increase the quality of my life, what about you?


Crazy, Really What do you Think


So what do you think, think it could work, are you willing to step completely out of the box? We could make this happen, we the people have a lot more influence than you might think. I invite all comments either pro or con, because without the con, we can’t fine tune it and make it happen.

Comments (8)

Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

Gerry, the reduction in the mail delivery on Saturday should really not make any difference to you and I.  I would like to see a reduction in the "costs" to the taxpayer when a service is reduced, too.  But, I just feel it will not really happen.

Feb 06, 2013 12:38 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

I'm all for it. I will need a much bigger box!

Feb 06, 2013 12:41 AM
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

Dan, not sure what you are getting at. 

Steve, yeah that is true, but really isn't this pretty much how we deal with the crap that we get in those boxes already?

Feb 06, 2013 12:42 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Gerry - I personally think the post office will soon be extinct...I receive my bill statements online. I pay my bills online. I use FedEx or UPS for packaging. Everytime I go to the post office, I have to wait in line for unwelcome service. Have you notice how most of the clerks don't smile nor do they appreciate your service? Most of the mail that I receive is usually tossed direct to my waste basket. The post office definitely needs a total might save paper and fuel in the long run. It is just my 2 cents.

Feb 06, 2013 12:43 AM
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

and a fine two cents it is. I think we all can agree with your aseesment of the service...

Feb 06, 2013 02:11 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

The greatest thing is you lumped th post office with the LIRR but you forgot LIPA or LILCO or whatever it is called right now.  They can cut down on the mail but not increase the postage.

Feb 06, 2013 03:47 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That is an interesting idea, Gerry.  Apart for special occasions like birthdays, etc. I doubt I would miss daily delivery.  Right now my mail arrives after 5:00 p.m. most of the time which is frankly ridiculous.  Also, one ore thing, with all the mail piling up for the week, I don't think the carriers would be able to delivery everything in one day.  But again it is a great concept.

Feb 06, 2013 05:08 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
I don't know Gerry. I was right there with you until you got to "Stay With Me." My first thought about the Saturday only delivery was that I would be too concerned about meeting critical deadlines or cutting it too close. The other thought was how much could I rely on creditors or whoever to adapt to the changing mail delivery system and how would that affect due dates and their deadlines. I opt out of paperless delivery because the paper serves as a better reminder for me. I am totally okay with M - F delivery or even just several days a week (say M,W,F), but Saturday only NO - O WA-AY.
Mar 02, 2013 07:38 PM