Monday, March 4, 2013

U.S. Post Office Fades Away

Only about 40 percent of Americans say they use the U.S. Post Office weekly.  The rest (59%) use it monthly, seldom or never.  And business use has collapsed.  Ciruli Associates depended on the copy and postage machines every day in the 1980s and 1990s.  Today, the copier is still in use, if less, but the postage machine gathers dust.

So, it’s not surprising that more than half the public (54%) approves ending Saturday delivery of mail.  The decision received bipartisan support, with a majority of Democrats, typically more reluctant to cut government services, on board (51%).

Unfortunately, a proud and historic American institution is in a technological and business death spiral.  Each cut in service, staff and facilities reduces cost, but makes it less useful.  It has that rotary dial look.  We still communicate more than any civilization in history, but we have moved on in technology.

See Pew Poll: Most approve of ending Saturday mail delivery

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