Student’s agree, next-day delivery no longer needed
By: Shauna Banks
Speedy mail through the United States Postal Service will soon be a thing of the past.
According to their website, the USPS will be implementing changes to delivery services later this spring. Those changes include first-class mail having guaranteed delivery in three days instead of one.
The changes first began to circulate last September and are part of a broad reconstructing of the USPS, which could include the closing of more than 250 processing facilities and the elimination of approximately 28,000 jobs.
Sandra Orta, junior criminal justice major at Texas Wesleyan said she does not think the change is going to have good long-term effects.
“It is just going to push people more to go paperless and use other forms of communication,” Orta said.
According to their website, the USPS will save an estimated $2.1 billion annually thanks to the changes planned.
“I think that USPS is doing what they can to survive in this tough economy and it is completely understandable why they are trying to cut back,” Orta said. “But I do feel
that it will impact the people that order things online or that send out packages via USPS.”
Other students at Wesleyan do not use their local post office often enough to be too upset over the changes to come.
“Personally, I hardly use the post office,” Melondy Doddy, senior comparative religion major, said. “All of my bills are online. The post office is useful [for] receiving credit cards [and] government documents, such as passports and sentimental holiday cards.”
Bryan Michler, senior elementary education major, agrees with Doddy.
“I don’t think this will impact anyone too much,” Michler said. “I do not use USPS for fast deliveries because I do not have faith in the USPS. I don’t know anyone who uses USPS for fast deliveries. If I need something shipped fast I use UPS or Fed Ex.”
Although the change has not been slated officially, the USPS is also considering getting rid of Saturday mail delivery.
“I don’t think that Saturday mail will affect the mail system,” Doddy said. “The only thing I look forward to in Saturday mail is potential sales flyers from stores, but the deals are now received through email and websites.”
Senior elementary education major Neni Moore said she thinks Saturday delivery should not be eliminated.
“They will lose money if they do close on Saturday,” Moore said. “There will also be more mail to deliver on Monday too.”
This potential Saturday mail delivery change has also raised some concern for postal carrier health.
“I wonder what the impact will be on the environment not having that many vehicles in service for a day,” Michler said. “But I bet the amount of mail that the person delivers increases and their bags might be heavier.”