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 be 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.

A 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 2010 USA Today/Gallup poll 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.

Patricia Helton February 08, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Sunday has been my favorite day of the week specifically because I don't have a pile of junk mail to sort through. Will I miss Saturday deliveries? NO! Now I'll have TWO favorite days of the week!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 05:55 PM
The USPS is definitely outdated ... No wonder we call it "snail mail." Just read an editorial in the Merc that said it delivers 25 percent less mail than five years ago. Hoping Congress will see the light!
Robin Streicker February 08, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I agree with the first comment. I enjoy Sundays for many reasons, one being no mail.
Mary Smith February 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Will we miss Saturday delivery? Probably not. Our mail carrier is SO uncooperative, unhelpful, selfish, and unreliable, that it will just mean she has one less day of the week to screw up!
Martha Sterne February 12, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Growing up in Canada, where the Canadian Post only delivers mail Mon-Fri and not on the many holidays there, I see no material impact of cutting back a day in the US---even if they go the distance and eliminate all delivery on Saturday. Mary, perhaps we share the same mail carrier? As of yesterday, our carrier stated that she refuses to ring our door bell to notify that we need to sign for anything. She actually told me that. Which explains why on many occasions we've gotten notices saying the USPS was "unable to deliver a package due to no one available to provide a signature" even tho I am usually home. She doesn't ring the door bell to get that signature. This has caused problems when documents have not been delivered when they needed to be received. Do I need to spend my days sitting on my front walk way to ensure I get my mail? (I'd have to sit there for lengthy periods of time b/c the mail is delivered at different times each day.) Because we have a dog (15 lbs) that barks, she refuses to fulfill her responsibility as a USPS mail carrier. This dog btw is sequestered behind 2 glass exterior doors so anyone is able to see the whereabouts of the dog. Perhaps she chose the wrong profession?
Mary Smith February 12, 2013 at 09:42 PM
To Martha Sterne - We just might share the same carrier! Either that or there is yet another carrier who has no interest in doing what she is paid to do! We often get packages, so we provided a safe and secure place for her to leave them. But this means she would actually have to get OUT of her mail truck to place the packages. She refuses and, instead, leaves them in the dirt where they are not safe. If I may ask, what city do you live in?
Martha Sterne February 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Los Gatos
Mary Smith February 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Well, that's not good! I live nowhere near there! I guess there is more than one crappy and irresponsible mail carrier! It's sad, too, because we have complained to the Post Office, but they defend and make excuses for her! I called the Main Post Office one time and spoke to a supervisor. She told me that it's up to the discretion of the mail carrier what they do, and where they leave the mail. So the carriers can clearly do whatever they want! We've thought about speaking to the carrier directly, AGAIN, but we are certain she will just refuse to deliver packages altogether, instead opting to just leave a note saying that we have to pick up our stuff at the Post Office. What kind of service is that? So, we say nothing, and put up with her lousy service knowing, unfortunately, that there will be no support from the Post Office superiors because they don't give a crap either!


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