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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Anita D'Groin February 07, 2013 at 02:17 AM
I think eliminating Saturday mail delivery is a very sensible first step to cutting costs for the Postal Service. Reducing residential delivery to Monday, Wednesday, Friday only would save even more, Delivery every other business day should be often enough to meet the needs of most people.
Ray Richards February 07, 2013 at 03:36 AM
All I ever get is bills and unsolicited junk, so I'm fine with it. Email, online banking/credit cards, UPS and FedEx serve 99% of my needs.
Wire February 07, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Two billion dollars in savings, doesn't fix the sixty-five billion in debt for payment into their retirement fund. Just proves the government can still function when they shut the government down.
John Durham February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
The comments so far seem mostly logical and helpful to describe feelings about the mail delivery Saturday issue. In fact, it seems there are a number of ways that Saturday delivery could continue and at the same time USPS provide efficiencies. For example, the person who suggested raising stamp prices higher vs. internet costs going up may have a point. I for one, prefer to keep Saturday delivery. I still mail considerable bill payments and I'm sure billing companies will adjust to this at the detriment of the consumer.
Rusty Cohn February 07, 2013 at 05:44 PM
The postal service has improved their service in the last few years. The online shipping and tracking is working very well for me. I recently wanted to ship a 3 pound package locally and USPS was less than 1/2 the cost of UPS and included tracking. Every year UPS has fuel surcharges and rate increases. If postal service was allowed to raise prices when their costs increase they could still be competitive. Congress is destroying what should be a great service. Saturday service will still be available, just cost more if you really need it, just like their competitors.


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