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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 Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The plan to shrink delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail, while packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on 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 percent) 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.

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

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McKnightmare February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I think it's great, but why wait? Do it now. All my bills are paid online except the water and sewage. If they got with the times, then I'd have no need for mail. I wish you could cancel the mail service.
Pam February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I'm not sure how everyone feels about this but, I feel as though this is a step backwards. This country has come so far in the past 248 years (relating to the break from England and winning the Revolutionary war). Cutting Saturday deliveries not only means regression, but it also means lay- offs somewhere in the post office delivery division. Although there hasn't been any news or announcements regarding lay-offs, I'm positive that the Feds will be announcing it soon. There couldn't possibly be enough package, etc.. deliveries to maintain the number of part-timers who deliver Saturday mail. To make matters worse, and to convince me that there is more behind this "drop Saturday mail delivery" thing, every time I buy a roll of stamps, the cost of postage increases before I get halfway through the roll. I am not behind this change because of the fear of job losses.
Rick M February 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
With all the electronic options such as direct deposit, one-line bill pay and e-mail. I would really only need mail 2-3 times a week....it's mostly ads, which you can get on line anyway....
McKnightmare February 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I'm with Rick. I only really get two batches of mail, one with all the grocery store ads, which goes right to the trash, and the Pennysaver batch which who really reads that anymore? The post office is simply outdated. It's the beginning on the end for the postal service. Where are our tree huggers raving about how many trees will be saved?
Jess P February 07, 2013 at 07:42 PM
"The agency's biggest problem — and the majority of the red ink in 2012 — was not due to reduced mail flow but rather to mounting mandatory costs for future retiree health benefits, which made up $11.1 billion of the losses. Without that and other related labor expenses, the mail agency sustained an operating loss of $2.4 billion, lower than the previous year." http://news.yahoo.com/postal-cut-saturday-mail-trim-costs-121737834--finance.html
Pam March 13, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Jess P., I had heard the same thing. It's quite a shame that with all of the 'brains' at work in Washington, no one could forecast this problem decades ago, and before that!

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