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Postal Service Announces End of Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. How will it 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.

jp1 February 08, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Will not have any impact what so ever and this comes from a small business owner.
RdgwdGRock February 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
no impact
lee resnick February 08, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Another loss to our high tech but less educated, less caring society.
paul smith February 09, 2013 at 12:36 AM
problem is, they have to run as a private enterprise (no govt subsidies) but congress calls the shots....cant stop rural deliveries due to interference, have to fully fund pensions (let's see the feds and corporate america be held to the same standards) and why does it cost the same to mail a letter to the village hall as it does to anchorage alaska? the world has changed and as they are hogtied....let's see the red state congressmen/women vote to stop rural deliveries or at least curtail them to a few days per week.

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