Postal Service to End Saturday Mail – Will You Miss It?

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that 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 will remain open for business Saturdays.

U.S. Postal Service officials said the reasons are its continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The 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?

Mike Van Horn February 07, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Truly it will have little effect on us. We get very little 1st class mail anymore--especially for business. It's all online. We get paid by merchant account and Paypal, and pay bills online. We file forms online and get responses by email. Packages are delivered by UPS. I haven't had to print new letterhead or envelopes for years now. So our mailbox gets filled with magazines and catalogs. Saturday delivery means little to me.
Monica West February 08, 2013 at 12:03 AM
This is sad because if our post offices were more efficient and didn't waste money (ie like having the Tiburon and Belevedere Post Offices inches from each other) we would have Saturday mail.
Karen Dionne February 10, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I'll miss it because I have a small ebay business and having that extra day to get items to customers is important to me. With no Saturday service it will put more pressure on me to get packages mailed by Friday so they will get there sooner rather than later. People just don't like to wait for items they've purchased. USPS has the best rates for shipping and they pick up my packages for free. I'm not making a killing on ebay, so every penny counts.
Karen Dionne February 10, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if life were just that simple? USPS requires notice the day before they pick up your packages, so I would have to notify them on Thursday for a Friday pickup. Plus, you're assuming I can ship same day every day - I have more going on in my life than ebay. Also, you can't ship same day if they buy something late on Friday, even if I make a trip to the post office.
Karen Dionne February 11, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Geez - I don't know what you're reading into my comment, but you complaining about my crying isn't any better!


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