U.S. Postal Service to End Saturday Mail

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.

Eliminating Saturday mail delivery 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,” the U.S.P.S. said in a statement.

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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Barb Valley February 06, 2013 at 10:21 PM
The vast majority of mail I receive is junk. I won't miss Saturday delivery at all.
Susan Swope February 07, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I think Saturday is the wrong day to stop delivering. It means that mail will not be delivered three days in a row every weekend followed by a Monday holiday. Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday would be better choices. It won't affect me that much, but some people will experience problems, e.g., having payments delivered late and incurring penalties.
TM February 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM
On the bright side, it will make it easier on them to schedule their letter (?) carriers for a 5 day work week. I can live without the occasional bill until the following delivery day.
Victor February 07, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I hardly get mail on a Saturday, most of it is just junk mail, but some coupons are worth keeping. Here's to paying our bills late this year. Cheers!


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