U.S. Postal Service to Halt Letter Service on Saturdays

Anyone looking for that letter from grandma won’t find it in their mailbox—at least, not on a Saturday.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in early February announced plans to stop Saturday delivery service starting Aug. 5.

Package deliveries will continue to run Monday through Saturday, as that service has increased in volume by 14 percent since 2010, and there will be limited post office hours on Saturday.

The decision came as the postal service faced competition from carriers such as UPS and FedEx, and as Americans pay their bills and send mail via the Internet.

In the last fiscal year, the USPS lost $15.9 billion, defaulted on its $11.1 billion retiree health benefit prefunding payments, and exhausted its borrowing authority with the U.S. Treasury.

Over the past seven years the Postal Service has reduced its annual costs by approximately $15 billion, reduced its workforce by 28 percent and consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations.

The new system will save USPS $2 billion annually once it is implemented.

As Article 1 of the United States Constitution explicitly calls for post offices and post roads, any amendments to postal service activities must be approved by Congress.

“Postal reform bills in the House and Senate, as well as proposals from the Administration, have indicated support for a switch to five-day mail delivery,” said Andrea Burrows, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman for the District of Columbia.

“We will urge Congress not to take any action to prevent this delivery change,” she said. “Given our worsening financial situation, the strong public support for the change, and the plan to maintain six-day package delivery, it is anticipated that most members of Congress will understand the urgent need to implement this change.”

Burrows said the USPS is giving six-month notice of the delivery changes to ensure customers can effectively adjust to the new production and mailing schedules.

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U.S. Postal Service to Halt Letter Service on Saturdays


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