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 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. 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.

How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays? Tell us in the comments.

Roger February 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Chad, with all due respect, Netflix is the least of our nation's concerns. Please, get some perspective.
BobE February 07, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I hope eliminating Saturday mail delivery isn't a national concern. It shouldn't be difficult to adjust.
Glenn Robinson February 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Since what I get in the mail is 90% junk or bills, I'd be comfortable with 3 days a week.
Roger February 11, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Chad, the USPS is a national operation, not unique to Patch, USC, PIttsburgh, or SWPA. The perspective needs to be national, not local. I suppose I should not be surprised about the concern for Netflix. Sports and entertainment has taken a major spotlight in today's society. The appetite for these two forms of amusement seems to be insatiable, no end to what it takes to keep the taste buds running, even if it means a ding on the bottom line of USPS. The concern about Saturday deliveries of Netflix is a microcosm of a national concern -- focus on the amusement, at the expense of what needs to be done. The sustainability of USPS is hardly a "fun" matter. Netflix has its own problems with the business model, unrelated to USPS, but that is another matter.
Roger February 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Chad, enjoy your movies, until Netflix goes belly-up. Love your amusement while major national problems remain and go unnoticed. http://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Business/dp/014303653X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360581507&sr=1-1


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