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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.

"There’s really no way to determine impacts to individual offices yet," said Pete Nowacki, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in the Twin Cities. "As for customer and community impacts, the only change is that we won’t be doing regular delivery on Saturdays as we have. Only packages and mail to PO Boxes will be delivered. A number of national surveys have indicated that about 70 percent of those questioned would be in favor of such a change."

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.

 

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

Janet February 06, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I don't like it. For one it will cause the elimination of many jobs and for those of us who work Monday thru Friday and don't have access to a near by mailbox, Saturday is the only day I can Mail by bills. (yes, I still Mail by bills).
Tom February 07, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Really Janet, You don't have access to a nearby mailbox? So you do not drive by one on your way to work? Can you mail your bills from your work? You can still put your bills in the mailbox, they will get picked up on Monday, or you can drop your bills off at the post office on Saturday.
DJR February 07, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I'm with you Tom. They are not locking up the drop boxes on Saturdays. If you need stamps you can visit an ATM, grocery store, gas station etc. Elimination of jobs, no, they are doing this to help prevent lay offs, which in reality should have been done a long time ago.

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