Plans of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to implement a five-day delivery schedule moved one step closer to reality today after the USPS board of governors approved the request.
The approval means that the postal service will now be able to request an "advisory opinion" with the Postal Regulatory Commission at the end of this month (March).
If the proposal is accepted the plans are likely to affect both business and consumer mailers, who will no longer be able to receive items of post over the weekend.
Postal service vice president Sam Pulcrano cited a study conducted by Rasmussen when presenting to the board of governors.
It found that two thirds of US citizens were in favor of the proposed five-day mail scheme if it meant that USPS would be able to maintain a degree of financial stability.
The new approach makes up one section of a raft of new changes which USPS would like to adopt in an attempt to streamline its service and offer greater flexibility during a time when mail volumes are falling.
Meanwhile, customers can take advantage of USPS's online services, with the ZIP Code verification tool helping to minimize the risk of returned mail.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler