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Postal Service to End Saturday Mail: Will You Miss It?

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. But eliminating Saturday mail deliver is expected to save the Posal Service, which is in debt, $2 billion a year.

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 that may be shifted to another day.

Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans 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? Post a comment below.

L February 07, 2013 at 11:47 PM
In my opinion, they failed to modernize and are paying the price now. They deliver mail. Why does mail delvery only need to be defined as paper stuff that gets put in physical mailboxes? They should have been at the forefront when email was being formed. It's mail, just in a different form. They probably could have been saved it they were _______ @usps.com. Just like Smith Corona.
Lisa Park February 08, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I will miss Saturday delivery.
Giorgio C. February 08, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Ari, I think the broken equipment is intentional. It forces us to have to rely on the postal employees. I have observed this problem in Albany, El Cerrito, and San Rafael. Broken machines. Maybe just a coincidence, but... I would like to know if the Federal employees have shared the pain with the rest of America? I know people who left state positions for better paying Federal positions in recent years. State employees were furloughed for at least 2 years and have paid more for their pensions, along with a pay cut. In some years, the hit has been $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 for some. And the teachers are the other employees who have been hit hard. And many other employees, including those at the local level, such as Hercules city employees. The real slap in the face is how much of my shrinking paycheck is going to the untouchable Feds. Why don't you ask me how I really feel.
Margaret Tong February 08, 2013 at 05:12 AM
All I want from the Post Office is a seat to sit in while I wait my turn in the queue. Not all of us are able to stand for long in the queue. I don't care about not having my post on Saturdays. Most of my post goes right into the recycling bucket. I'm giving up Christmas cards because of the cost of stamps. It's an awful shame. I like my Christmas cards but my friends at home can't afford the stamps either
Raul makisig February 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
5 days delivery all the way!!!

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