The financially struggling United States Postal Service (USPS) is expected to issue a news release later today to announce its plan to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail. The transition is expected to start August 1, 2013.
For the first time ever, Americans will receive mail only five days a week due to steady declines in letter and other mail delivery with the increase of email and other internet services. The cancellation of Saturday mail is expected to save the USPS $2 billion annually.
Saturday delivery of packages will still occur, which demand has increased 14% since 2010, and USPS locations will still be open on Saturdays for customers to drop off mail, buy stamps, or access PO boxes. Smaller locations may also expect a decline in hours opened on Saturday.
The USPS has suffered a $15.9 billion net loss for the fiscal year 2012 – three times the loss recorded for fiscal 2011.
The drop of Saturday mail delivery comes absent congressional approval, even though lawmakers have argued their consent is necessary in order to make the operational change. The USPS is not operating under appropriations of legislation, which gives the USPS a window to end Saturday mail delivery when the government’s temporary spending measure expires on March 27th. The USPS has pleaded its case asking Congress no to reimpose the restriction against a five-day delivery system.
According to national polls conducted in recent years – a majority of Americans are in support of ending Saturday mail delivery – what are your thoughts on the matter?