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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1: What do you think about it?

 

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.

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. But 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 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.

The situation is no different for Northeast Ohio, said USPS spokesman David Van Allen, who represents hundreds of locations across the state.

"It's universal — there's been 50 percent drop in first-class mail volume since 2006," Van Allen said. "That's an unsustainable situation for us. 

"We do need to make some changes to return to profitability."

 

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

tom m February 06, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Oh good One less day I have to throw out all those unwanted circulars ..... what amazes me is all those people standing in those long lines at the post office to buy stamps and ship packages ..... both of which can be done online at the post offices website https://www.usps.com/
Richard February 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
No wonder the PO loses billions of dollars each year, they can't make a decision! They have been talking about stopping Saturday delivery before I moved here 7 years ago! Now they announce it, and can't stop it until August? There are no real business people running the PO, that's for certain.
James Murphy February 06, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I would imagine they would have to redo schedules and come up with Saturday package delivery routes etc etc
James Murphy February 07, 2013 at 07:56 PM
7 pieces of mail today 4 credit card offers 1 furniture store sale an insurance offer and a circular all tossed into the garbage unopened maybe they should go to 4 days

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