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Post Office to End Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1, but offices will remain open for walk-ins and package deliveries will continue. Tell Us: 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 reasons for the change are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers, according to the USPS website. 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. According to a CBS News report, the change would only affect first-class mail; packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.

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.

Tell Us: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

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dita von struedel van trappyodel February 07, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I just hope they cut costs and lay off a lot of people and cut retirement benefits. Otherwise, once again, it will the taxpayer and the tax payer alone, who bears the cost ( actually, in this case, less service for same cost. Institutions like the Post Office and DMV are examples of Government waste.
Bob Zahm February 07, 2013 at 07:44 PM
The DMV and Post Office are two entirely different beasts. The DMV mess is all NY State's to fix. The Post Office is federal AND pays its own way PLUS it pays subsidies based on the whims of Senators and Represenatives in the form of job security for offices (sorting / routing / retail / etc) that should have been closed long ago. BUT, Congress won't let them do it.

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