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Postal Service to End Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. What does it mean for 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.

Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. 

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.

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How will not having Saturday mail delivery affect you in New Port Richey? Do you get a lot of mail or will you not even notice? Tell us in the comments below.

guillermo February 06, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I believe that the post stamps shoul be raise to $ 1 Dollar to cover the cost of delivery six days a week, after all 0.45 c/ is a ridiculous amout for home mail delivery, Businesses should pay more for such service.
Jimmy James II February 07, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Won't matter.
vincent gimble February 07, 2013 at 10:24 PM
The one problem which I see with this is Monday holidays. I don't care how young you are. Everyone is going to have to use the postal service sloner or later. So on a 3 day weekend I do see not receiving mail on Saturday and Monday as a problem
Michelle Fretz February 08, 2013 at 04:40 AM
The USPS is just looking for a hand out.....and a reason to raise the stamps prices... And..... Saturday is not the lightest mail day.... It is Thursday..... And.... You think your carrier comes late on Mondays? We will get Mondays mail on Tuesday cause the volume will be outrageous.... If they cut back the PostMaster's pay (bonuses included ) and upper higher management pay, maybe the Postal Service would not be in the red.. Well, at least by their bullshit figures) Keep Saturday Delivery... It is supposed to be all about customer service...

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