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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.

J C Morris February 07, 2013 at 09:28 PM
No more 3 movies a week. cut back 17% and postage went up last week? I wonder if the big wigs will get their bonus' and raises for saving money?
Ingrid Jackson February 07, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Honestly i wish they'd reduce it to 3 times a week. most of my mail is junk. About Netflix, if you have internet at your house you might consider AppleTV or some other service that let's you watch streaming netfix on your tv. Get rid of the DVD's and the wait; get immediate gratification. I love my AppleTV.
DanC February 07, 2013 at 10:55 PM
The biggest blunder the US Congress ever made was putting the Postal Service out on a hook to support itself with postage revenue only. As for the proposed reduction in service, since everything else but first class mail is going to be delivered, carriers will still be needed on Saturday. How can that save $2B?
DanC February 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Would you say RFD (Rural Free Delivery) is money wasted?
Troy February 07, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I have streaming but DVD's are portable. I do tend to agree with with Ingrid's comment though....though my elderly mother who doesn't know how to use a computer wouldn't. =)

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