The United States Postal Service has announced they will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays beginning in August. According to a Feb. 6 USA Today report, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue says the change will save $2 million annually.
This is part of a plan to bring the USPS back to financial stability. However, it calls for the elimination of 22,500 jobs.
A national Gallup Poll survey revealed Saturday is the day most individuals and businesses would find least disruptive to have mail service eliminated. This coincides with data that shows Saturday has historically been the day of the week with the lowest volume of mail. Most businesses are also closed on Saturdays.
The postal service has had deficits in the billions since 2007. The economy, Internet and changes to employee benefits have all played a part in the financial crisis.
The hope is that doing away with Saturday deliver will provide desperately needed financial relieve without causing excessive hardship to patrons. The change doesn't start until August, so your Valentine's Day love letters won't be delayed.
What are your thoughts? Will you miss Saturday mail delivery?