U.S. Postal Service Cutting Saturday Delivery

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. 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.

The Middlebury Post Office is located at 590 Middlebury Rd. Woodbury's Post Office is located at 1 Washington Ave.

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 (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.

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

Carla1 February 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I'm not ok with no Saturday delivery all week my mail I don't get tell 4 pm sometimes 6pm they up the price of stamps and everything .and they take away give me my Saturday back! They want more money and give less. Not just the post office it's everyone.give us more!
Mr Mike February 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I think PO has degraded constantly over the last 20+ years. Never know when/if mail is coming. Seem to have no problem with delivery of all kinds of junk mail every day, but letters,bills ,important stuff may or may not be delivered every day. Nothing for 1-2 days then a whole bunch that appear to be held and lumped together for some multiple days before delivery. Also, work ethic of PO employees seems to be "slow as possible with as few as possible working at one time", regardless of the number of customers waiting at that time. Have you ever been behind someone applying for a Passport and not being smart enough to complete the forms? Let 10 or more customers wait while one(of 2 or 3)open line tied up for unnecessarily long times! Increase time for delivery of 1st class mail from 1 day to 3; and increase the price at the same time! Why are they broke? Email is a large part; it avoids all the above problems and has added benefits. But have the pay vs skills, and benefits levels, particularly retirement, been looked at compared to private businnesses? I don't know for sure, but I bet PO are much higher/better. My opinions. You need not agree.
Mr Mike February 14, 2013 at 02:31 AM
FYI - article on Fed employee benefits, not sure, but USP's most likely similiar. http://career-advice.comcast.monster.com/salary-benefits/benefits-information/federal-job-benefits/article.aspx?WT.mc_n=comcast814


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