“Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night…” shall prevent mail delivery.
Well, Monday through Friday, that is.
Beginning the week of August 5, 2013, the United States Postal Service - USPS - plans to end Saturday home mail delivery.
Not all weekend deliveries and services are slated to be cut. P.O. Boxes will still receive Saturday mail. Many post offices will continue to have Saturday hours.
Mail-order medications and packages will still be delivered on Saturdays.
Changes in mail delivery have been rumored for some time. The USPS mail service - often referred to as "snail mail" - has faced increasing challenges from the shift toward email and electronic billing.
However, the internet has helped the package shipping side the USPS. E-commerce contributed to an explosion in package shipping for the USPS last year; package shipping increased 8.7% ($12 billion) in fiscal 2012.
Overall, package delivery volume has increased 14% since 2010, according to the USPS.
With its roots dating back to 1775, the USPS has endured several evolutions through the years. An overall movement toward a paperless society is also forcing USPS adaptations.
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