|Wed Feb 6 2013 12:03:34|
Sellers React to Package-Only Saturday USPS Mail Delivery
By: Julia Wilkinson
It's official: the United States Postal Service (USPS), long under pressure to cut costs, has announced it is making changes to save money including moving to a Monday-through-Friday mail delivery schedule, but continuing to deliver packages on Saturday. Package pickup from residences, however, which is how many sellers ship out their goods on Saturdays, will also be discontinued. However those Post Offices who are still running will remain open and, according to the USPS FAQ, "all other products and services will be available to customers doing business at a Post Office on Saturday," except there will be "no processing of outgoing mail on Saturday, except Express Mail." The changes will take affect in August 2013.
Sellers for the most part seemed to take the news in stride, even seeing the demise of Saturday pickup as a break for their packing and shipping workload, which usually extends into the weekend. One seller called it the "Best of both worlds!" Posting to an eBay-related Facebook group, she said, "Package delivery on Sat. will continue and offices will still be open. I don't go to the PO so I will have weekends off from shipping, but customers will still receive orders on Sat."
Although a couple sellers wondered about expectations of customers and selling platforms such as eBay, another predicted, "I think we'll see more people move to FedEx because of Saturday delivery. They will be the only service that does it."
In a thread on the eBay Packaging & Shipping Board, "The P.O. Will no longer deliver on Sat.'s Good Luck Sellers," one seller wrote, "Anything that was supposed to be delivered on Saturday will instead be delivered on Monday. The sky is not falling." A couple sellers seemed confused as to whether first-class packages would still be delivered on Saturday.
What do you think about this change to Saturday delivery? Will it be a good thing or bad thing for your business, or do you think it won't matter much? Post a comment here!
Note: See Thursday's news story for an update, "USPS Addresses Online Seller Concerns over Five-Day Delivery."