As a child, some of my fondest memories were of running down the street to check the mail. I always had to see if there was something for me. If there was, I would then run home and proceed to open and read whatever I got. If it was special, from family and such, I would store it in a special place. In today's society however, many people use alternatives to the USPS. These alternatives include, email and shipping companies like UPS and Fed-Ex. These alternatives are causing the USPS to lose billions of dollars every year. So, if the USPS wants to survive, they must restructure the company in order to change our ever-changing society.
The Postal Services currently have a plan. They plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and hire part time workers after the full time workers retire. This in turn would save them roughly $40+ billion dollars. (cullen) They are right in thinking this will save money. However, this would only be in the short run. Picture this, you need to send a Christmas Present to family across the states and it is almost Christmas. You have two choices. Choice A ships five days out of the week, only during weekdays, and today is Friday. Choice B ships seven days a week and gives options for shipping speeds. Most people would choose Choice B. This is because many more people would rather go for a more reliable company that can send there items at a much quicker rate. (stone) So while yes, in the short run, they will be saving money, in the long run they will lose even more money from people switching over to other services.
What the Postal Service should do instead, is completely restructure the company in a positive way. Instead of eliminating Saturdays, Sundays should be added. This would increase the speed at which packages deliver, thus making them more reliable in the people's eyes. Because of this, more consumers would be encouraged to send mail with the USPS instead of other delivery systems. (stone)