[tabi] Postal Service to cut Saturday mail in August to trim costs

  • From: Erica <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:24:30 -0500 (EST)

 Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs
Feb. 6, 2013 8:13 AM
PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on 
Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed 
at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.
In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to 
say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.
The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has 
increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of 
letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other 
Internet use.
Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on 
Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a 
five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages — and it repeatedly but 
unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the move. Though an independent 
agency, the service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is 
subject to congressional control.
It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail 
without congressional approval.
But the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its 
side regarding the change.
Material prepared for the Wednesday press conference by Patrick R. Donahoe, 
postmaster general and CEO, says Postal Service market research and other 
research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to 
five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.


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