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US Postal Service: Saturday Mail Delivery to End

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1, but offices will remain open for walk-ins and package deliveries will continue.

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, including Stratford's at 3100 Main St., will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will still occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The reasons for the change are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers, according to the USPS website. 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.

According to a CBS News report, the change would only affect first-class mail; packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.

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.

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Theresa February 06, 2013 at 06:32 PM
The postal service should also consider eliminating co-mailing with UPS known as SmartPost. Though it markets well for the USPS, it also exposes them to lost packages, damaged shipments and liability. Items we have ordered using this method (not our choice, the vendor's) have resulted in lost or damaged items. Of course the Postal Service catches the liability and the blame. The real reason the USPS is suffering losses has nothing to do with e-mails or competition -- government-mandated payments to pre-fund health care benefits for postal retirees -- 75 years into the future. Private-sector companies -- and even most other branches of the federal government, like, say, the Army -- aren't required to fund their health benefits so far in advance. It's an albatross of a financial burden on the Postal Service.
RMK February 07, 2013 at 04:42 AM
The reason that the USPS is hurting right now is SPECIFICALLY because of the Republican-controlled Congress under George W. Bush pushed through a 2006 law forcing it to pay about $5.5 billion a year into future retiree health benefits, something no other agency does. This forces the USPS to re-fund its FUTURE retiree health care benefits, employees not even born yet. This is a 75 year liability that has to be paid in 10 years. When the Republicans pushed this bill through, the USPS was in the BLACK and thriving. So why did the GOP-controlled Congress pass this bill? For one thing, to gut one of the biggest union-organized public services in the country. But for sure they did it to push for privatizing our mail service. The goal of the GOP is to privatize EVERYTHING. Now, consider this: UPS and FedEx are both expensive private mail services that, unlike the US postal service, will not deliver to everywhere in the US. They will charge more to deliver to remote areas, while deferring part of their service to the USPS which WILL deliver to those areas. Got that? You will pay UPS to have the USPS deliver that remote package. No joke: the GOP is our country's #1 enemy.
RMK February 07, 2013 at 04:47 AM
To the author: Citing a Rasmussen poll -- really? Rasmussen is the one pollster known for being outrageously partisan, and more importantly, wrong.

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