Fuel Management

USPS’ 5-Day Delivery Proposal Could Affect Fleet Size

September 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - President Obama's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction proposed a comprehensive reform package for the United States Postal Service (USPS) aimed to save the agency $20 billion over the next several years. One of these points is the proposal to cut operating costs by reducing mail delivery to five days.

In addition to the personnel that will be affected by this proposal, the USPS's vast fleet will also mostly likely be affected. As of August, USPS reported a total of 215,000 postal vehicles logging four million miles a day.

According to Sue Brennan, public relations representative for the USPS, the agency is currently studying possible closure of 252 mail processing facilities to remove excess capacity and 3,700 post offices for closure.

"All of these things could affect the number of vehicles we have. We will have a better idea in a few months when the studies are completed," Brennan wrote in an e-mail.

She added that the five-day delivery plan, if it receives Congressional approval, will take months to implement and "could also affect the number of vehicles we have."

The USPS estimated in June that a five-day delivery would yield a net annual reduction of $3.1 billion. It reported that Saturday is the week's lowest daily volume and the least disruptive day to eliminate mail delivery.

A May report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the USPS fleet of aging vehicles saw higher maintenance costs. It stated the USPS needed $5.8 billion to purchase 185,000 new fuel-efficient gasoline delivery vehicles, but financial constraints would make this difficult.

By Thi Dao


  1. 1. Jeff Mitchell [ September 21, 2011 @ 03:32PM ]

    Saturday is not the slowest day. Tuesday is. Most of what the Postal Service has said about this whole situation is nothing but lies. If they fired half of administration and management then they would still have too many and would save in excess of $5 billion annually. You'll never hear that offered from the PMG.

  2. 2. Jim tran [ September 22, 2011 @ 04:26AM ]

    Jeff Mitchell is absolute right about too many people in adminitratipn and management

  3. 3. Mike Harrigan [ September 22, 2011 @ 02:03PM ]

    The USPS should take a leaf from FedEx residential delivery and start delivering mail Tuesday thru Saturday. Deliveries requiring signature could be delivered on Saturday which would save countless trips to the post office. Monday delivery would not be missed. Also the USPS needs to start moving into electric vehicles to reduce fuel costs and maintenance. Converting the current neighborhood delivery vehicles to electric drive would be one way but they should also consider smaller, lighter, alternatives such as NEVs.

  4. 4. Jill [ September 23, 2011 @ 06:27PM ]

    Maybe congress and Obama should focus on getting gas prices under control to save EVERYONE money and not be so focused on rasing unemployment but cutting tens of thousands of jobs!

  5. 5. jan [ September 23, 2011 @ 09:37PM ]

    Maybe congress should look at the management. Giving bonuses when you are losing money the last 6 years. 6 Years ago congress alowed the USPS to go out like a private business. That is when they started the bonuses. Managment then decided to cut corners so they could save money and then they would get a bonus. But the post office as a whole was losing lots. There are many upper management that want to micro manage. Let the postmasters, carries and clerks do their job with a smile on their face.. The gas prices have not helped. Going into business with fedx and ups. If the other 2 companies had to pay the gas to go out in the country, they might have to raise the cost for shipping a package and more people would do business with USPS. They complain about mail volumn but they are the ones that promote stamps by mali, and they do alot of their business by the internet.. Management wants to destroy USPS.

  6. 6. Gary Kuang [ September 24, 2011 @ 03:17PM ]

    UPS and FedEx do high-end business, and USPS do low-end business like delivers advertising letter (about 20 cents each), non-profit mail (under 10 cents each) and magazine (about 10 cents to 20 cents each), also USPS do stupid business, that is why USPS lose money. Five years ago USPS has about 60% first class mail in the total mail volume, they have profit to cover the loss, but first class mail keeps drop down, it takes under 45% in the total mail volume now ......

  7. 7. David Denton [ September 28, 2011 @ 01:15AM ]

    Reducing the number of days is crazy in my area. I am currently a mail handler in a Long Island plant. Due to downsizing, we are getting overtime. Yes, OVERTIME. If the business was not that bad, this would not be happening. 5 day delivery would kill local mailers and actually increase overtime (time and a half). Before you say it, do some people call out excessively or "dog it" at work? Sure. But overall, my craft does a good job with the physical labor given us.

  8. 8. 5 Dayer [ October 09, 2011 @ 09:41PM ]

    I just pray for 5 day. I miss not being able to spend time with my family and friends. Who are all these people that keep wanting to keep saturday when we are on the brink of doing away with it? Do they not have families or a life that they would rather be enjoying?? Come 5 day I cant wait. Im tired of missing out on weekends.

  9. 9. ben [ August 17, 2012 @ 08:26PM ]

    I just have to agree with 5 dayer!! WHo the hell are these schmucks that dont want 5 day?? Im SO tired of workind 6 days! Im a contractor and turn over for relief carriers is so high its not worth training them so we are stuck working 6 days. Its gets OLD people. ANd it someone thinks the world will end because they dont get 6 day delivery, they really need to re-evaluate their existence! Ive got way more important things to do before I die than to deliver mostly JUNK MAIL!


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