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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Locals have reacted to the change on our Facebook page:

Mark DeDio said, "Definitely an area where privatization should be considered.. just think - save 2 billion dollars cutting out Saturdays, how much would we save if it was done?! and how could that help economically if it were private? Yes...I know it means big jobs loss but it really means more non government jobs in the end.. and so much more to list!"

Linda Bornemann added, "cutting out postal delivery on Saturdays...who will benefit from the savings? USPS, the government? I need to know more of the whole story ...cause if it's just for the USPS to get more money for themselves, they make enough already...more than the average American these days!"

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

antoinette February 07, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Those who have a post office box will continue to have access to their deliveries. I wonder if this will spike the sale of box rentals!? We have had a pob for 40 years and it has its benefits. Of course, it has to be convenient to the holder. Our MP post office is in need of some cosmetic update (paint and wallpaper). Perhaps the savings can be channeled toward those needs. A post office, historically, has been a community meeting place of sorts and an example of the state of the town in general. Hope this new plan is helpful.
Justin Time February 07, 2013 at 09:03 PM
How will we survive without that meeting place on Saturdays!! Guess its on to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts! The post office should consider a three day week, think of the savings.

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