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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.

"I was a little surprised," said Ruth Johnson, adding that she won't be significantly impacted since most of her mail is done by her PO Box at the post office in Forked River.

That the post office will continue to make package deliveries on Saturdays is "counterproductive," she said, since employees will still have to make deliveries.

"I understand they're in a financial situation and they need to cut spending some how," she said.

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?

Condor February 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
So this just means I'll get my Bed Bath and Beyond and Kohls circulars and coupons Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday and Friday.
GB Shore February 12, 2013 at 03:42 PM
AHHHH HAAAAAAA....competition.......this is the government we are talking about here. Inefficiency? I'd say they do a very good job to be honest. They do have competition for overnight. I think it is good that they are doing this and quite frankly, they should cut it down to 4 days a week...
frank reynolds February 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
heres a reality check george b . in 2006 republicans made the post office cover the benefits of all workers for the next 75 yrs.the post office had to carry this burden of over $5.5 billion in their budget to cover benefits of people who arent even born yet. can you imagine ups or fed ex having to do the same? . they would be out of business. i know youre going to say let people use emails and pay bills online but for millions of americans mainly seniors a computer is something they simply dont use.
Forked River Piney February 13, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Mimi what if you don't get your hubbys Viagra on Sats? How about we pay them minimum wage and take away their benefits too ?

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