Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

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.

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.

Mendota's USPS post office is located at 1310 Sibley Memorial Hwy. St. Paul Park's post office is located at 619 3rd Street. St. Paul has a post office at 1990 Christensen Avenue.

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

Pork Chop Guy February 07, 2013 at 03:09 PM
This is actually more beneficial to me as I'm rarely around on Saturday's in the summer to get the mail. Now we just need some other government institutions to do the same thing - cut back.
Diane Baum February 07, 2013 at 07:11 PM
three cheers to the USPS for this decision. However, Congress announced that it is THEY, not the USPS, who has the final say. Yet how can Congress continue to allow the same ol' same ol' to continue, knowing the USPS is losing millions of dollars daily by continuing with their practices? Does anyone feel sad about losing one day of mail delivery? Not too many. We are now in the tech age...emails, social media and more...we do not need the USPS. The Pony Express went bye bye...this too shall come to pass.


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