Stamp of disapproval

The post office is stopping Saturday delivery. I understand the reasons, but I won’t be a happy about it – and neither will thousands of other small-business people.

I love getting mail. I wait for the mailman’s arrival like the family dog. Only difference is that I don’t go into a barking frenzy for five minutes and then, my job done, turn around three times and lay down. From a more practical aspect, because I do business from my home I depend on the mail.

Sure, I do a ton of my work online (yes, I’ve helped bring down the post office and am partially responsible for them canceling Saturday delivery), but much of the really important stuff, like mailing signed contracts and receiving checks, is all done the old fashioned way through the U.S. Mail. Canceling Saturday delivery means that if an expected check I’m desperately waiting for doesn’t come on Friday, I have to wait till Monday to get it.

Worse, throw in a Monday holiday and I have to wait 96 hours – four days – to receive that check. My banking and finances aren’t always so tight that those extra days would make a negative difference, but sometimes that’s the way it happens. And at those times adding another day, or two days given my Monday holiday scenario, could really have a really detrimental impact.

There’s no real solution here, of course. The U.S. Mail is dying as communication shifts overwhelmingly online, and there’s no more cure for that than trying to save the buggy-whip makers a century ago. Cutting a day of delivery is as logical as it is painful, but there has to be a better way of addressing it that doesn’t cause so much potential harm to small business. A friend, who also does business from home, suggested that canceling Wednesday delivery would make more sense, since it would prevent a Monday holiday from causing a four-day gap in mail delivery. He may be right.

Sure, I’m whining here. But once again small business takes it on the chin.

And you know, that gets old after a while.



  • Point ONE:::If you get a check on Saturday; what are you going to do with the Check: stare at it; pet it like your dog until Monday or in Your scenario: maybe Tuesday until you can deposit it or cash it????
    Point TWO;;; The major factor in the Postal Service going in the HOLE is not the computer; but Congress in the laws it has passed to force the Postal Service to spend BILLIONS on things that are unnecesssary.
    Small Business has plenty of problems; but I don’t think no Saturday mail is one!!!

  • Gene Kelly says:

    Sorry AJ but I have disagree. If you receive and deposit a check on Saturday or a holiday it doesn’t post until the next business day anyway. So, as it may help your stress level, it won’t affect your bank account. However, I do agree that canceling Wednesday delivery seems to have merit in my mind.

  • You need to look a little deeper into this issue. The post office is NOT in financial difficulty because of the internet, it is because of a bill requiting the post office to prefund retirement benefits 75 years in advance and do it in 10 years.

  • Stan says:

    My understanding is that the USPS will still be delivering to PO Boxes and packages to homes. Not all is doom and gloom.

  • Danny H. says:

    AJ, If it means that much to you then you’ll just have to go out and get a post office box. The interruption in the Sat service won’t affect those with a P.O. box.

  • A.J. Hamler says:

    starke & Gene — Nope. My bank has Saturday hours, and as long as I deposit a check before the bank closes, it goes “in process” the moment I put it in. Any check or payment I’ve made that posts ti my account after that is covered.

    dale — Very true, but the PO can’t “prefund” those benefits without income, which has taken a huge hit because of electronic mail.

    Stan — You are correct, and I hope I get lots of packages.

    Danny — You are also correct, and I’m thinking of doing exactly that.

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