Will You Miss Saturday USPS Delivery in MB?

Starting in August, the U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering and collecting letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays.

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced earlier this month 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.

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.

Will you miss mail on Saturdays? Or is this a smart move for the Postal Service since people are sending less mail in our digital age? Tell us in comments.

Krysti February 25, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I understand both sides...What would concern me is if I was waiting for a check. Unless I could still pick up Saturday mail at my PO Box.
A dad February 25, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Only thing I hate about this is that it had to be implemented due to a right-wing ploy to weaken the USPS by requiring, in 2006, the Postal Service to fund its retiree health benefit obligations 75 years into the future. No private business is required, or even attempts, to implement such an onerous policy. See http://tinyurl.com/ao5tobk for more.
Geo February 26, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Post Office boxes will still have Saturday delivery. Even most checks are electronic nowadays.Fed Govt checks will be completely electronic within a month. It is called technological progress or something like that. lol
RICHIE February 26, 2013 at 02:47 AM
When was the last time you carried mail on Saturday Mr Donahoe? I have banks, car dealers and other businesses open. Those businesses that are closed on Saturday I still have access to the mail room so the businesses will have their mail waiting for them on Monday. Cutting a day of mail delivery will not fix the problem but will make things worse. Fedex and UPS are out delivering on Saturday. Mr Donahoe, back in July 2011, said we will deliver mail 3 days a week. So Mailman I hope you're close to retirement or with you thinking 5 days is good you could see 3 days after that.
A dad February 26, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Guys, Mailman is not (a mailman). He is just someone with time on his hands trying to get your goat.


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