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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.

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.

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

Jeff Hawkins February 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM
How will this change affect me? Not much. Will I miss getting mail on Saturday? Yes...I will miss it. I suppose it's inevitable that this will happen. Kind of sad though.
Kathy K. February 06, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I will miss common decency more. Madison Hartung should apologize to Nicole Polen
Sharon February 06, 2013 at 08:42 PM
To Jeff: Well, stranger, where have you been? LOL!
Derek Hale February 07, 2013 at 05:59 AM
OK follow the logic here. This is like taking our trash pick up from two days a week to one day. The volume of trash will double for that one day. Wouldn't the volume of mail set to be delivered on Saturday just stack up for Monday? Think of the postal carriers that have walking routes.
Jeff Hawkins February 07, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Hi Sharon: Oh I'm still lurking about the "wilds" of Rockville. I check in occasionally to see the latest garbage being thrown at each other from those on opposite sides of the political spectrum. It's pretty comical, I always get a chuckle or two!
Jeff Hawkins February 07, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Mr. Hale: Your logic makes perfect sense.....
d February 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM
seems saturday mail was mostly junk anyway, except for netflix
Sharon February 07, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Something not quite right with system. Article states 7 comments; yet only one showing up. This same situation occurred the other day when accessing another PATCH article. PATCH might wish to check its online site.
Mark Risk February 10, 2013 at 03:54 AM
A long overdue change to cut costs....In fact, very other day delivery would be fine....Let the USPS cut costs so that they can break even or make a small profit so that they can continue operating....

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