U.S. Postal Service ending Saturday mail delivery in August
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service announced Feb. 6 that Saturday mail delivery will soon be a thing of the past.
A new delivery schedule starting Aug. 5 will see package delivery continue Mondays through Saturdays, but mail delivery will be reduced to Mondays through Fridays. The operational plan for the new delivery schedule anticipates a combination of employee reassignment and attrition and is expected to achieve cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually when fully implemented, Postal Service officials announced.
“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,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day 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.
Once the change takes place in six months, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Mondays through Fridays. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to post office boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.
Market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations indicate that nearly seven out of 10 Americans supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability, officials said.
They added that the Postal Service plans to provide more information in the near future for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule.
Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.
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