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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 on 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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Joshua Crawford February 06, 2013 at 05:51 PM
This is another perfect example of how a government entity can not run efficiently. UPS and Fed-Ex are two private sector companies that not only exist but thrive in today’s economy. USPS is complacent and is not innovating to keep up with the private sector. If they continue on with the attitude that they are the government and we “need them” soon I can see mail service moving into private hands.
Jaun February 06, 2013 at 07:00 PM
post office is to top heavy.to many chiefs not enough indians.cut mail delivery back to monday, wendesday and friday . who would miss tuesday and thursday?
Debra Phelan February 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM
It's about time! They've been losing money for decades.
krnlyn February 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
It will not effect my household.....but running a route for packages only, will this not be 20/20 on still a cost of delivery. Medicine is a big concern, but can they not have it arranged during the week and just have the post offices open at Sat hours.
krnlyn February 06, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I have a package due from UPS, it was dated to be here yesterday...tracked it, sent a inquiry through email and called. Tracking brought it to Pittsburgh from Kentucky--not to my hands yet, however I like having choices. I am fine with them saving by having a week schedule, eliminating the weekend.

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