15 minutes away, but coming via 4 hrs away.

15 minutes away, but coming via 4 hrs away.

I spoke to a representative of the United States Postal Service regarding my package that went from Nashville to Memphis to Madison.  They explained that the package was sent “Bound Printed Matter Presort” and that delivery is SLOWED DOWN in order to be able to sell Priority Mail and other higher priced services.  I also spoke to the sender about possibly changing their shipping policies for local customers.  It may have been cheaper in the long run to send it as a first-class package. I’ve encountered that in shipping media mail vs 1st class.  Cheaper, faster, and greater customer satisfaction with first class but back to the matter at hand:

What strikes me as odd is that any scan, transport, etc of the package costs money. Even the smallest piece of mail scanned costs the postal service SOMETHING. If we’re trying to bring down costs, save post offices from closing, save Saturday delivery, etc, why are we driving UP costs like this ? Delaying mail by routing it here, there, and everywhere in order to sell priority mail services does COST money. Why not just let the package set it at the sorting facility or something? It also increases the risk of it being lost – like luggage, any additional stop increases the chance for it to become lost. The same with mail.  If it’s to be delayed intentionally, why not just let it sit in ONE place 15 minutes from it’s delivery point instead of risking sending it to Memphis?

If this is to be the the explanation, my SECOND attempt at a certified ended up in SAN ANTONIO TX before ending up with me. Delaying certified mail, most likely so they can upsell next-day air? to a 13 mile delivery? That’s like saying “Large Sodas are $1.99, I’ll fill it for you right away, Small Sodas are .59 but you’ll have to wait until we get all the large sodas filled. It could be a while”. Fine but don’t let send my soda down the counter then up the counter then down the counter then to me. Just fill everyone else’s up then fill mine. Sheesh.

Indirect Routing of Mail

Indirect Routing of Mail