Delivery Frequency

The Action Plan laid out the declining volumes and revenues per delivery point per day. Given the high fixed costs of delivery, reducing delivery frequency is an integral component of the plan. Less than a month after introducing the plan, the Postal Service filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a non-binding advisory opinion on changing to five-day per week street delivery, with Post Offices remaining open on Saturday, the non-delivery day, which has the lowest mail volume and is when most businesses are closed. Savings associated with this change are expected to exceed $3 billion annually. The Postal Service plans to implement five-day delivery in 2011 if Congress makes the legislative adjustment required to modify delivery frequency. In the meantime, the Postal Service continues to prepare its six-month implementation plan.

Former Postmaster General testifies before a House Subcommittee

Postmaster John E. Potter testifies before a House Subcommittee on legislative changes to ensure a viable Postal Service in the future.