Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday 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—including the Encinitas locations—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.

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.

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

Scott O February 07, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Historian Tom Woods writes: So Saturday mail delivery is on its way out, in order to save money for the U.S. Postal Service. Whenever more post office woes are reported, I am reminded of Lysander Spooner, who in addition to his work in political philosophy also tried to compete against the federal government in mail delivery. Federal mail delivery is authorized in the Constitution, but nowhere is it declared to be a federal monopoly. Spooner’s American Letter Mail Company drove down postal rates until legal challenges by the federal government forced him out of business.
Jay Berman February 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Snail Mail is becoming obsolete in many ways ... I can't see how today, that it can be a profitable thing nor can I see any other company wanting to provide mail services to every address in the country ... but as I said earlier, I can see USPS privatizing delivery routes and small post offices ...
Scott O February 07, 2013 at 09:30 PM
ANY service can be profitably provided if there are willing buyer, and if the government would just stop preventing potential entrants from entering and, in the case of mail delivery, stop subsidizing their own money-losing service. If the government made shoes and monopolized that business, you would say the same thing and be just as wrong. "Who will make the shoes? Will there be a shoe store in every community? What about the poor, how will they get shoes? What sizes and styles will be available?, etc, etc". No one asks any of these questions about shoes because the market has solved all of them magnificently. The same is true of mail delivery. You can't possibly anticipate how entrepreneurs will solve the problems you imagine and what they will come up with. Same thing happened with telephones. Since the AT&T monopoly was broken phones are light years from good old POTS. The same will happen with mail delivery. Just get the government out of the business and out of the way and watch what happens!
Jay Berman February 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I am a capitalist and I very, very rarely defend a government agency ... but USPS is not subsidized .. by law ... there is only so much someone will pay to send a letter ... I can see no way someone would want to compete delivering mail which is rapidly becoming obsolete ... I have 2 businesses ... you have to make a profit ... hard to do for 46 cents .. residential delivery is simply a loser ... low volume per address
rob February 08, 2013 at 05:44 AM
$16 billion lost last year, and this will save $2 billion. Please tell me they've got more substantial changes to announce.


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