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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.

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 Saturdays?

Duffer February 07, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Won't government run healthcare be grand??!!!!
Eric Sauder February 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Being that I watch a lot of CSPAN at work I’ve listened to the arguments for retaining Saturday mail delivery. Here are a few of them. There are people living in rural areas that depend on mail delivery. Their social security checks and prescriptions come thru the mail. In fact without Saturday mail delivery those people would be cut off from the outside world. But as far as I know no one is talking about discontinuing mail delivery. If in some instances social security checks and prescriptions are no longer delivered on Saturday they will still be delivered on Monday. Most banks are closed on Saturday afternoon anyway and if you live somewhere in the hinter land you’re not going to be able to deposit them until Monday. And if you get your prescriptions thru the mail chances are you’ll have a couple of days supply. If you don’t that’s on you. How much difference does it make, really?
Eric Sauder February 08, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Another argument is that discontinuing mail delivery on Saturday will result in a loss to the postal service because they’ll lose volume. This argument doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me either. The only difference is that some mail will be delivered on Monday instead of Saturday. That mail will still be in the pipeline. Then there are people who would like to argue that there’s a constitutional issue with dropping Saturday mail delivery since mail delivery is mentioned in the constitution. That in fact the postal service overstepped his bounds. Only congress can decide the issue. If you feel that congress can decide the issue any better than the postal service I’m happy for you but I don’t have your confidence in congress. Our two party system is hopelessly broken.
Eric Sauder February 08, 2013 at 03:48 AM
One final argument is that discontinuing mail delivery on Saturday is an attack on middle class wage earners … that the intent is to put mail carriers out of work. That could result. The postal service is trying to control its costs. And let’s not forget that the postal service is unionized. But the postal service is hemorrhaging red ink. It can’t continue operating at such a huge loss unless government is going to step in to further subsidize it. While I’m not taking a formal position on this, and I think it should be studied, my belief is that the postal service should have the ability to respond to the deficits its running and adjust its business practices and business model. And I don’t think the sky will fall if its stops Saturday mail delivery.
Eric Sauder February 09, 2013 at 05:42 AM
I have to laugh. Apparently no one else thinks the sky will fall (without Saturday mail delivery) either.

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