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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, 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 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?

 


ATC February 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Really, Steve? You're going to blame the USPS's troubles on the GOP? The mandate you refer to DOES NOT require them to fully fund "retirement" for 75 years, but rather retirement "health benefits". This is not a "GOP" or a "Dem" issue. The fact that the USPS is “kinda” a government agengy, but “not really” a government agency…just complicates any attempt for it to actually sustain itself. And the reality is that they have been "troubled" for decades, with the main gist of their problem being that their business model just doesn't work in an electronic online age. Continually fewer and fewer people use "hard copy" mail, which leaves only junk mail to provide their revenue. And that very junk mail is not only larger and more difficult to handle, it also gets significantly lower rates. Double whammy. As for their package rates; yes, I usually use USPS rather than UPS or FedEx, because their rates are indeed better. But if they are struggling financially, then even that part of their business is unsustainable. According to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, in order to return to profitability, the Postal Service needs to reduce its career workforce by approximately 220,000 by 2015, but cannot do so under the terms of existing collective bargain agreements.
LLODOWN February 07, 2013 at 06:23 PM
@Desertpatriot I hear ya man! SMH
Deanaldo February 07, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Another industry dying a slow death with "union cancer". Unions should not allowed in public sector because they have no competition (Ie: Police, fire, public schools, etc.). Post office sloths barley show up for 20 years and get full pay and helth benifits for life! Yes, we (society) needs the post office, fire departments, police and teachers but getting a job in one of those places should not be the gravy train for life (at the tax payers expense). Pay a reaosnble wage for a reasonable amount of work, not just years of service (like the priviate sector) and have them save for their own retirement like the rest of us (that pay them to sit on their ass).
Linda Davis February 08, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Won't miss Saturday delivery at all.
Harvey Klee February 08, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Great comments. I won't miss Sat. delivery either. @Gary had an idea to make the USPS $$$ & lower SASE junk mail. Take that self-addressed-stamped-envelope out, put a rock in it & send it back. The junk mail sender will be charged USPS postage + an add'l $1.15 for the added weight.

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