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.

A 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.


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ron February 07, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Perhaps this will give them more time to get the addresses correct and deliver to the proper locations more consistently
CQ February 07, 2013 at 03:40 AM
The USPS needs to rename itself to only USP because they stopped providing "service" in Pacifica several years ago. If I even got mail 5 days a week when the mail should arrive without being held, I might be happy. Mail, store ads and circulars, and magazines being held for one to two days because the carriers don't have time to deliver it and arriving way late behind their listed deliver by dates. What happened to 60 plus pieces of outgoing mail being entirely lost from a Pacifica US mailbox never to surface again. Supervisors following around carriers 4 times a year on their routes, one time even driving a separate vehicle; 2 vehicles being used to do one route!!!! One time, I received a person's outgoing PG&E payment envelope arrive a month later after its S.F. postmark mixed in with my incoming mail which was postmarked 2 days earlier! Hope they didn't have their power shut off due to USPS incompetence? Complaints made about the local Postmaster to Washington DC being sent right back to the Postmaster herself. If USPS can't provide services, then get rid of them.
bear muth February 08, 2013 at 02:07 AM
How can we miss what we never had. 32 years in Montara and have never had ANY mail delivered, yet, we survived. It was when I was told I had to "rent" a box to continue receiving my mail that I got a little agitated. The price of a stamp was the same for those who received home delivery vs those being charged extra to go to the Post Office. Anyone receive a handwritten letter recently? /s/ BEAR


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