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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?

Arek Wenta February 07, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Not a big deal. It will save an enormous amount of money, which is exactly what we need. We will still get our packages but our bills and magazines will wait till Monday. Kudos to USPS for finally making an intelligent move.
Nevo AV February 18, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, NeVo AV here. An Independent Custom A/V Services company newly moved to the Oxford Area. We have been servicing the Tri-State Area since 2000. I use shipping companies and the post office often. Being a small business, I attempt to use the most cost effective services possible when it comes to our shipping and receiving.needs. Check out our website: www.nevoav.vpweb.com

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