Personally, I don’t mind the idea of reducing costs for the post office by having less delivery days. In fact, I would love to get the junk mail less often, and have less days to worry about mail theft. I would rather have the post office maintain their sorting abilities so that the mail is available in a timely fashion. I would like to propose that residential mail be delivered three days a week.
One part of a delivery area could get their mail on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the other half could have their mail delivered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Businesses that don’t want Saturday or Monday delivery could be encouraged to hold their mail on those days.
That way, the post office could still be open six days a week, businesses could still get five-six day delivery, and persons expecting urgent mail could retrieve their mail at the post office on their non-delivery day. Many small businesses that work from home have P.O. boxes anyway, so for many, going to the post office for their mail would not be an extra trip. Residential postal delivery persons could choose to work an hour or two longer on their main delivery days and help to sort and hand deliver mail in the post office on their two shorter days. With more persons available to help at the post office, some post office branches may be able to stagger short shifts and keep the post office open longer. A lot of post office competitors do more business simply because they are open until 7. Post offices could benefit from longer hours, making it possible for working residents to use the post office.