Postal Service considers ending door-to-door delivery

Postal Service considers ending door-to-door delivery

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At a cost of $30 billion dollars annually door delivery is the single largest cost to the U.S. Postal Service. At a cost of $30 billion dollars annually door delivery is the single largest cost to the U.S. Postal Service.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the U.S. Postal Service continues to struggle financially, members of Congress are offering up an idea of a more "centralized delivery" service.

The proposal would eventually end door-to-door delivery for all customers.

The industry has been hit hard in the digital age and use of the postal service has dropped 25 percent.

Now the quasi-government agency is looking for ways to cut its budget. Eliminating Saturday delivery has already been taken off the table, but other options are being considered.
     
One of those options is a "centralized delivery" system where instead of mail coming right to your door it would be delivered to a neighborhood cluster box.
     
The postal service has already been asking businesses to voluntarily switch to centralized delivery. That is how 12 percent of Knoxville currently receives its mail.
     
"If we would go into a mall we use to go to each individual business and deliver the mail, but now we can go to just one location," said USPS Spokesman David Walton.

At a cost of $30 billion dollars annually door delivery is the single largest cost to the U.S. Postal Service.

"If we deliver door-to-door, that's about $350 roughly per delivery, whereas if it's a centralized delivery it pretty much cuts the cost in half," said Walton.

Members of Congress who support the bill say if passed centralized delivery could save $4.7 billion.

The proposal is headed to a vote in the U.S. House. If approved there and in the Senate, then signed by the president, the change would affect 37 million homes and businesses.

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