The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday it will suspend mail delivery on Saturdays. WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the decision is expected to save 2 billion dollars a year.
The Post Office will be open on Saturdays, but Mail delivery, like letters and magazines and bills, on Monday through Friday only. Since 2006, first class mail volume has declined by 50%. The postal service doesn’t get tax money for operating costs so this move is a part of a long term strategy to keep it viable.
"People just aren’t communicating by mail they way they used to even ten years ago with all the electronic media, so we do need to adjust our processes there," says Ohio spokesperson David Vanallen. "However our parcel service has increased by 14% so we’re going to continue delivering packages 6 days a week and express mail will still be 7 days a week as it’s always been."
Vanallen says he doesn’t expect any layoffs to accompany the changes. The five day delivery schedule won’t begin until August, so that residential and business customers have time to adjust.