Speak Out: Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Says

The U.S. Postal Service announced this morning it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Will the change affect you? How?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model "no longer sustainable," the U.S. Postal Service announced this morning 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 on Saturdays.

The reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers, according to the USPS. The U.S. Postal Service also is 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."

Cutbacks have already affected the local post office. Nearly a year ago, USPS announced the agency's mail processing operation in Cartersville's Liberty Drive post office, which employed 23, would shut down and move to Atlanta. At that time, USPS has proposed legislative reforms, including delivering mail five instead of six days a week.

Speak out: How will the change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to USPS. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

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.

While some locals say they'll miss getting mail on Saturdays, others say not at all.

"No—best business plan.... Finally the government uses common sense in [making] smart decisions to save money!" said Lori Wade Bell on Bartow Buzzard's Facebook page.

Tina Norris said she mostly gets junk mail from USPS, opting to do her

"most important stuff...paperless and online."

But those who buy and sell online may be affected by the delivery change.

"I sell on Ebay so I have items that need to go out on Sat.," said Cindy Banks. "I guess the customers will get use to it."

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Larry February 06, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Since the plan to stop Saturday delivery only applies to first class mail, isn't it going to cost more to add another sort to allow the rest of the "stuff" to be sent to the carriers for delivery? And if you are going to be on the route anyway, what's the difference? Or is this just another example of bureaucratic double-speak?
Katherine M February 06, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Electronic communications is rapidly replacing physical mail. This makes sense and the only people complaining will be mail carriers and their union.
Randall Meadows February 07, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I know I will get booed for even mentioning it, but mail is a Government service in every other country in the world. Why are we the only one that is stupid enough to try to make it a profitable proposition in the first place? It was at one time a part of the government services (Ben Franklin was the first Post master General). Now it exists as a psuedo government/ private entity that has to get approvals from congress to do things, but is still expected to show a profit. Since when did anything that requires Congressional approval ever show a profit? Lets face it folks 5 days a week delivery is just the start of the end. It will save them 2 billion .. but they lost 14 billion last year alone. We either pull it back in as a Government service or write it off completely.
Scrumpty a la cart February 07, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Good points all. I think it should be cut down to 3 days a week M.W.F. Tear up the union goon contracts and eleimiate 30% of all staff. Close rural offices that burn cash. Who says that you can't pick up your mail at the grocery store in town?
Mail Lady February 07, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Yes, this all sounds good to many people to cut to a 5 day delivery! Yes, I am a substitute mail carrier on saturday's. It has been my employment for the past 6 and a half years. It has allowed me to help my husband to provide for our children to buy groceries, clothing, medicines, copay's at the doctor, Christmas, birthdays and such as we have need. My America, i was proud to serve you! Businesses, i delivered your bulk mailings on saturday's to help you advertise! I realize you may eventually have to use the internet to advertize your business. This cost may be much higher than mail delivery. Many more families will suffer! A tremendous loss to many!
steve February 08, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Makes sense i guess to end saturday delivery but postal service is a tax funded service its suppose to lose money not gain a profit.
steve February 08, 2013 at 08:12 PM
.....now lets eliminate obamas job and we will be set.
Larry February 08, 2013 at 11:28 PM
If you eliminate Obama's job, then you will have Biden in charge...Think through your suggestions before posting them!!!
String Bean February 09, 2013 at 04:50 AM
(1) The US postal service is not taxpayer funded. The federal government has oversight, but the post office must pay its own way. (2) The answer might be to completely shut down all post office locations and let the post office concentrate on delivering mail only. Rent out the post office locations to private companies and let them also offer banking services, sell food, whatever, in addition to handling retail post office functions of whcih they would get a cut.
Scrumpty a la cart February 09, 2013 at 08:51 PM
"(1) The US postal service is not taxpayer funded. The federal government has oversight, but the post office must pay its own way." Just curious. Who "paid their way" when they lost nearly 16 BILLION dollars last year? I know the answer. Do you?
Herschel Talker February 09, 2013 at 11:42 PM
The Federal Govt is the solely responsible for being in this situation. The USPS is handcuffed to policy and procedure that does not allow them to compete. Yes we are deep into an age of electronics that we use to substitute mail delivery services, but in other areas (delivery generated by e-commerce) is at record volumes. The buildings, vehicles, optical sorting systems, and delivery carriers are all profitable. Clerks make virtually nothing in terms of revenue because of what I said before. FYI the union at USPS isn't what most think it is. The only say so they have is for grievances as they are all government employees technically. Trust me on this guys, my dad is within a few months of retirement as a delivery carrier.
Mail Lady February 09, 2013 at 11:59 PM
In the Post Offices defense: they had a surplus & it was taken by the Government. Then, they were required to prefund retirees their retirement 75 years ahead of time. I'm told no other business does that. They get revenue by selling stamps, certified letters, Express mailings, registered mail, signature mailings: like medicines, etc., boxes, envelopes, priority mail, parcels, etc.. So, i don't understand why some in the public gets upset that a letter costs .47 cents. The public does have the option to use internet billing. However, postal people are working people with families to support! America, please remember, jobs are difficult to find as it is! Do you want more Americans out of work? Do you want them in the unemployment & food stamp lines? Does the public want a choice or do they want to have all their chickens in one basket? What will the public do if the internet is taken over by terrorists? If the power goes out, doesn't the internet go out? Technology is great, but the old ways are time tested! I like having a letter to hold in my hand, to keep forever. Computers are great, but my eyes get tired after reading on it a while.
Houston Long February 10, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I applaud the postmaster for taking this step. A bit of an inconvenience, but absolutely necessary to take action. I wish the government would learn from it instead of fight it - if you are bleeding money you MUST CHANGE SOMETHING. Fortunately, the Postal Service found a loophole that would allow this change. What may come as a surprise to some (including me up until a few days ago) is that Congress has to approve much of what the Postal Service can do. The postmasters general begged Congress for years to approve streamlining & updating its service - they know they need to change, yet our government refused to allow it preferring spending our tax dollars to help cover the $15.9 BILLION deficit last year! Before I hear about how the Postal Service is not funded by tax dollars - I understand that; however, I spotted an article stating that they exhausted a $15 BILLION line of credit from the US Treasury, so gov't IS loaning them money without allowing them to fix their system so that they can pay it back. Sadly, this is acceptable to the government. Many of us have experienced (or been forced to implement) drastic cuts both at work & home.. it's about time for government as well as organizations & business backed by gov't funding to follow suit. * For the record, I LOVE our local rural post office & the folks who work there. I hate the fact that people will lose income, but if that additional income is coming from other's tax dollars it's hard to justify it.
Scrumpty a la cart February 19, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Our bankrupt postal service in action: WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service says it is losing billions of dollars and planning to end most Saturday delivery of your mail. But Channel 2's Scott MacFarlane has learned the agency is spending $2 million to send its top executives to a pricey conference in San Francisco. MacFarlane has obtained the agenda for the conference which calls for not only workshops and meetings, but also a golf outing, a dance party and a dinner event. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/postal-service-spending-millions-send-execs-confer/nWR6Y/
Kimberly March 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Why not cut Monday service instead? Most holidays fall on Mondays and then all government and banking institutions are closed anyway. Saturday service is a necessity for those who work M-F and have something that must be signed for at the post office.


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