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.

The Stig February 08, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Then I guess you shouldn't have voted Republican, since this was caused by the GOP pension pre-funding plan. You get the government you deserve, yes?
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Not a single dime of tax dollars goes to the USPS. And it's the GOP pension prefund plan that caused this. Can you name a single government agency anywhere in the world, or a single private company, no matter how profitable, that can prefund 75 years worth of pensions in a two-year span?
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The $23.2 million per day is actually because they're trying to prefund retirement funds for the next 75 years before this coming July. The USPS' own operating fees are actually only 72% of their income, according to the 2010 House budget analysis, although the OMB report puts it at 76%. And not one dime of that comes from your taxes. PLEASE get your facts right.
Marilyn Keller February 10, 2013 at 03:22 AM
They will not deliver mail BUT they will still deliver packages on Saturday
irene February 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I will miss Saturday mail service. I am against eliminating Saturday mail delivery of any kind.


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