Saturday Mail Delivery by US Postal Service to Stop in August: Reports

The move will reportedly save about $2 billion and will not affect package delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service will announce the end of Saturday mail delivery this morning, according to Fox News.

"What's being reported is one of those things that we are looking at as another possible cost-cutting measure," said Michael Miles, spokesperson for the Atlanta District of the USPS. "So for now it's part of a study that we are looking at over the next five years to reduce our costs."

Saturday mail delivery will end in August. The move, which does not affect package delivery, is expected to save $2 billion annually, the report indicated.

CBS News reports the plan to shrink delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail, while packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on Saturdays.

Delivery to post office boxes would continue on Saturdays, an ABC News report says. And post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.

It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval, ABC News said.

A formal announcement is expected later Wednesday.

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported that Hallmark Cards, Inc. has hired lobbyists who will ask Congress to keep Saturday delivery and consider other cost-saving measures. According to the report, postal workers say the move could result in the loss of 80,000 jobs. 

"It's just another one of those things we are looking at too," said Miles.

Will the loss of Saturday mail delivery affect you? Tell us in comments.

There are post offices in Oconee County at the following locations:

  • 1090 Experiment Station Road

Joni Hubred-Golden contributed to this report.


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