Heads Up: Saturday Mail Delivery to End

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 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.

"Sounds good to me," Ursula Marrello Goldberg wrote on the Yorktown-Somers Patch Facebook page. "I get too much junk mail anyway. We all have to cut back somewhere."

Yorktown resident Martin McGannon agreed and said "email is faster the snail mail."

South Salem resident Geri Dragone told Patch the impact would not be great to her personally, but the postal decision was a sign of the times.

"I do pay some bills online, but I am old-school and still pay some by check through the mail," said Dragone, who moved to the area about a year and a half ago. "Will it affect me that much? Probably not, but it reminds me of how much the Internet has changed everything. I hope 10 years from now we still have books."

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,” their website reads.

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.

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.

How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Helene Rose February 07, 2013 at 03:07 PM
It's fine with me. I use the internet to pay bills and most of my mail is junk mail anyway. Of course the junk mail is what is keeping the post office in business.
Michael February 07, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I suppose if this is the only way they can get their profit margins in order, then 5 days it will be. Some facilities will remain, so that is good. It would help too if the Fed did not pinch off 6 billion every year from them automatically. You might call it 'snail mail' but it moves pretty efficiently and the internet is way too exposed and dangerous. I've known several unfortunate people who have been seriously burned by trusting too heavily in web money transactions.
Jeanne Gilholm February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I'd rather have the USPS 5 days a week than not at all. What would this world do if they went out of business altogether?? I do wish the Federal Gov't would give more to the USPS than they do to their "pork-barrel" projects....but then, silly me, they'd collect less votes from their buddies!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something