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USPS to cut Saturday delivery

Packages will still be delivered Saturdays; PO Box service not affected.


The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced last Wednesday a new delivery schedule will take place during the week of Aug. 5, 2013.

The transition to a new delivery schedule includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, a press release from David Rupert, of the USPS, said.

Post office box delivery will not be affected by the new delivery schedule as it applies to street delivery of regular mail.

The USPS expects to generate a savings of $2 billion annually, once the plan is implemented, the press release said.

Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays, the press release said.

The press release claims that market research conducted by the USPS and independent research by major news organizations “indicate nearly seven out of 10 Americans supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs … ” The USPS expects that support for this change will be higher since they plan to maintain six-day package delivery.

The USPS said they are making this announcement more than six months in advance so that residential and business customers have time to plan and adjust.

The USPS plans to publish specific guidance for residential and business customers about the new delivery schedule.


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