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USPS 5-day delivery plan called into question

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service has run into a roadblock in its quest to trim costs by cutting mail delivery from six days to five, with the Postal Regulatory Commission questioning whether the move would save as much as the Postal Service says it would.

The PRC on Thursday issued a report indicating that reducing mail delivery to five days would save the Postal Service $1.7 billion, far less than the $3.1 billion in savings estimated by USPS itself.

The commission also suggested that the Postal Service would lose as much as $600 million without a sixth day of mail delivery, far in excess of the Postal Service's own $300 million estimate.

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