Saturday U.S. Mail Delivery Will End Aug. 1, Postal Service Says

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Tell Us: 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.

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

How will this change affect you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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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.

another point of view February 06, 2013 at 02:02 PM
One more day to let the dogs out.
Screw the man February 06, 2013 at 02:35 PM
long overdue, now cut the overburden of legacy pension costs, too many old coots make double and triple pensions from the USPS
Mary Anne Looby February 06, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Don't see it affecting us at all. Less junk mail but that is about it! With the internet, the only mail we get anymore is usually unsolicited junk, and the ocassional letter or card from family and friends. I usually go from the mail box to the trash can, without even entering the house!
Nazaretti February 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Long overdue, I agree. It is very difficult to renege on previous pension obligations, but they should be able to change policies going forward (if they haven't already).
M. Shearer February 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Holiday (three day weekends) every week only leaves those packages and letters behind because of the volume. Why not pick a Tuesday or Wed. or rotating days among the different zones of a zip code? Saturday delivery is just as busy as Thurs.. or Fri. because of the flow of the mail from earlier in the week. It's the collection that is light but, they want to open the windows for lighter business but deny the delivery of the mailing of the previous three days. Management messed up a monopoly but, can you trust that this decision (they) will straighten it out with these decision?
Andrew Wilt February 06, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Hundreds of billions, if not trillions, for the criminal bankers. Nothing for the US Postal Service? Would you rather have one less bank or one less Postal Service?
Andy Novick February 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
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Kyle M. Jones February 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM
"How will this change affect you?" Well, I won't be getting mail on Saturdays anymore, I suppose.
Mary Ellen Alu (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM
This is going to affect when I get my magazines, for sure. I wonder if mags will change their pub deadlines so folks get 'em in Friday's mail.
InFloodZone February 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Now instead of a single, first-class letter taking three weeks to get to Florida from Pennsylvania, it will take three weeks and one day.
another point of view February 06, 2013 at 08:42 PM
USPS 2001 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations (1.A-1): "We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever." Another government lie!
Stevie B. February 07, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I have NOTHING to live for anymore :o(
Pharmer brown February 07, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Failure to evolve equals extinction. USPS is a prime example of this. The government fails to keep up with the world around it.
Carl Stevenson February 07, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Congress should have removed their monopoly on letter mail decades ago. UPS, FedEx, and perhaps a newcomer would have eaten their lunch and put them out of business within 5 years or less. Rates would have dropped, service would be far better, and we wouldn't be burdened with their bloated pension system.
Anonymous February 08, 2013 at 12:18 PM
I would think we could go to M W F schedule and save all of that gasoline used to deliver mail. Direct deposit for checks is the best way to go to ensure that your check is in the bank on time. In the last year I had several pieces of mail given to me that were not mine and likewise there were a few of my checks (thankfully just stubs since I have direct deposit) and other misc mail that were given to the person up the road from me. Maybe take your time on T, Th & Mon early to sort the mail & compile it carefully at the post office and then just deliver it carefully on M W F. YEs, people would have to be prepared with medicines, but everything else can wait a day. I would not mind waiting if I knew that i was getting my mail more accurately and that less fuel was being wasted.
Niklas Enblom March 02, 2013 at 12:58 PM
That is what I have been thinking too. Why can't the postal service use the internet more? I have ordered things online and, I tell you, I get it within 3 days with either UPS or Fedex. Maybe the postal service should learn to keep up.


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