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Postal Service: Saturday Mail Delivery to End

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Patch wants to know 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. 

Patch wants to know: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays? Tell us in the comment section below.

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.

In January, the Postal Service increased the cost to mail a one ounce letter to 46 cents a stamp.

Here's are the Saturday hours for post offices around the area:

  • Deerfield: 707 Osterman Ave., open 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Highland Park: 833 Central Ave., open 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Highwood: 130 Highwood Ave., open 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Lake Bluff: 26 E. Scranton Ave., open 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Lake Forest: 230 Northgate St., open 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Redhead February 07, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Great, one day less of dealing with mail! I vote for the postal service saving money but feel badly if the workers get a reduction in pay.....
Pete Koukos February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Very few residential or business customers will be adversely affected by the elimination of Saturday delivery of mail, particulary if parcel post deliveries will continue.
GHK February 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM
It is about time. The post office is a dinosaur. Email and faxing has taken over. Advertisers have taken to spam and legitimate email rather than bulk mailings. Next step is to eliminate the pensions and have the employees use 401k's like the rest of the world. By eliminating Saturday deliver, the extra employees for a six day work week and underfunded pensions, I wouldn't be surprised if postage went down.
GHK February 12, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I just spoke to my postman today and I wanted to correct my statement above. The post office switched employees to 401k's 20 years ago. That being said the postman made several observations: 1. Unions are too strong. 2. He works an average of 65 hours a week. 3. after 8 hours he goes to time + half. After 10 hours he goes to double time. 4. All in all, he said he is making a fortune and it is absolutely crazy how much he is being paid. I don't work in human resources, but there must be a point between paying your employees time and a half and double time (25 hours a week) versus hiring another employee and being more efficient with a standard work day. I still like that they are trying to get rid of Saturday delivery.

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