Saturday Mail Delivery Cancelled

U.S. residents can skip checking the mail on Saturdays beginning in early August. The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013. The USPS will still deliver packages Monday through Saturday, but mail delivery has been cut to just Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

“The postal service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” explained Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant savings.”

Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a fiveday delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, recent strong growth in package delivery (14 percent volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to the revised approach to maintain package delivery six days per week.

“Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform,” said Donahoe. “As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services - especially due to the rise of e-commerce - we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for businesses.”

Once implemented during August of 2013, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

Market research conducted by the USPS and independent research by major news organizations indicate that nearly seven out of 10 Americans (70 percent) supported the switch to a five-day delivery as a way for the USPS to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability. The postal service believes support for this approach will likely be even higher since it plans to maintain six-day package delivery.

The USPS made the announcement more than six months in advance of implementing five-day mail delivery schedule, to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust. The USPS plans to publish specific guidance for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule.

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