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—including the Southwest Riverside locations—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?

TVOR February 06, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I think this will hasten the downfall of the USPS.
JEC February 07, 2013 at 03:08 PM
My carrier must have jumped on the bandwagon early. Haven't had Saturday delivery in weeks.
Mike Mueller February 12, 2013 at 01:39 AM
This is going to help the USPS survive. They should have done this years ago.
Diana February 12, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I haven't had Saturday delivery in weeks either?
Rich March 01, 2013 at 09:43 PM
So, the horrible service we get after every holiday will happen once a week and we will pay for it. STUPID. The number of jobs that will be lost and the impact of the cuts to a middle class group of people are going to have a very negative effect. Do NOT support this in any way. Nothing more than trying to weaken the postal service so the private companys can get more business and you can bet, charge a lot more. Remember the breakup of ma bell? How much do you pay for phone and tv service now? Mark my words. UPS, FedEx, etc is ready to deliver for a whole hell of a lot more money.


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