Postal Service announced end of Saturday mail service

Postal Service expects to save about $2 billion annually once new plan is fully implemented.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Feb 6, 2013

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, recent strong growth in package delivery (14 percent volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to the revised approach to maintain package delivery six days per week.

“Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform,” said Donahoe. “As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services — especially due to the rise of e-commerce — we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses.” 

Once implemented during August of 2013, mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday. Packages will continue to be delivered six days per week. Mail addressed to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays. Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays. 

Market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations indicate that nearly seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability. Support for this approach will likely be even higher since the Postal Service plans to maintain six-day package delivery.

The Postal Service is making the announcement today, more than six months in advance of implementing five-day mail delivery schedule, to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust. The Postal Service plans to publish specific guidance in the near future for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule.

Given the ongoing financial challenges, the Postal Service Board of Governors last month directed postal management to accelerate the restructuring of Postal Service operations in order to strengthen Postal Service finances.

“The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation,” said Donahoe. “The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail.”

The operational plan for the new delivery schedule anticipates a combination of employee reassignment and attrition and is expected to achieve cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually when fully implemented.

The Postal Service is currently implementing major restructuring throughout its retail, delivery and mail processing operations. Since 2006, the Postal Service has reduced its annual cost base by approximately $15 billion, reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 or 28 percent, and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations. During these unprecedented initiatives, the Postal Service continued to deliver record high levels of service to its customers.

While the change in the delivery schedule announced today is one of the actions needed to restore the financial health of the Postal Service, legislative change is urgently needed to address matters outside the Postal Service’s control. The Postal Service continues to seek legislation to provide it with greater flexibility to control costs and generate new revenue and encourages the 113th Congress to make postal reform legislation an urgent priority.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Comments

rickross2

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

buckeye15

And a Hank Hill sense of humor...

Contango

The USPS already tried to compete with the Internet yrs. ago, it was called Zip Mail - it failed.

Ellis dee

I don't know to much about this but shouldn't USPS make more now with all the Internet shopping that we do. Never had that before

all fact or all...

@Ellis dee....It does make enough, use the internet to google the "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act". of 2006, it will answer alot. There is a lot of posts in a negative way because they don't research the info. If it is privitized it will make rich people richer.

Windy

My parents said that the USPS used to make deliveries TWICE A DAY. Today, if it weren't for junk mail, I wouldn't get any mail!

gogman

I work 9 to 5 everyday. When am I supposed to get my registered mail delivered?

Contango

The USPS has a $16B budget deficit. Stopping Sat. delivery will only cut $2B out.

They'd need to stop delivering eight days a week in order to plug the gap. :)

all fact or all...

"Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act". of 2006 read it.

Contango

The USPS has a rich health and welfare benefit structure. They should fund it, not taxpayers.

inquiringmind

There are only two things I wonder about. 1st, why not stop delivery on a Wed. instead of a Sat. The way it is, there are two days in a row that you won't be getting mail. I understand that many business's wouldn't want the mail stopped on a Wed. but they would have to make other arrangements just as we have to. The second thing is, there are a lot of people out there who still pay bills by mail. Will this hamper the delivery time since the post office will be swamped on a Monday?

arnmcrmn

Just another failing government run mess.

voicetress

Well here we go! People who live in the country and expecting a package will get the famous "delivery exception" code on Saturdays. Then they can compete with who uses that excuse the most them or Fedex ground. It doesn't seem feasible to run around the country side for a couple of packages to the rural citizens. I'm just saying, expect it!

rogerthat

FedEx and UPS want the postal service gone and they have paid their congressmen to make it happen. Then your $3 shipping rate will go to about $24. You will have to purchase a subscription to recieve mail.

Contango

@ rogerthat:

So do you figure that it's the Bilderbacks or the Rothschilds behind this dastardly New World Order conspiracy to make you pay more?

rogerthat

Nope, just FedEx and UPS wanting the whole pie.

Contango

They want to deliver first class mail? Where's your proof?

If you're correct, better buy some share of stock and get rich!!!! :)

Maybe it's the Illuminati?

arnmcrmn

Better yet, if the USPS is so concerned about other privatized companies, why don't they quit pointing the finger and actual come up with cost saving solutions. USPS....like I said, just another bloated government amenity that looks for more tax dollars to keep them afloat. Eventually this government will run out of "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" options.

betrump

Ignorance doesn't become you. Or, maybe it does...

arnmcrmn

Oh roger that will never happen. The free market and competition will keep prices where they are. Just face it. Government run amenities are a joke and broke.

betrump

I hate the gubment! Blah, blah, 'Murica!

Contango

@ arnmcrmn:

The Big Dog's back and betrump are the same poster.

arnmcrmn

They are the Norwalk Forum Liberal twins. When you provide factual information they start name calling. Gets old, but I just ignore it. These two people are far from adults and far from being capable of holding an intelligent conversation.

KURTje

Betrump let it go. If his SSI stops because of budget woes he'll howl. See, he never knew lay-offs. His economy in the 50's & 60's was so different.

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