NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/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 said.
In an announcement Wednesday, postmaster general and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe said the Saturday mail cutback will begin the week of Aug. 5.
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.
The agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change.
Donahoe said 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.
“Over the past few years, we’ve proposed moving to a five-day schedule for both mail and packages,” Donahoe said. “But our new approach is based on a great deal of customer input that we’ve heard over the course of the last six or seven months and it reflects a strong demand for package delivery on Saturdays and still enables the Postal Service to achieve significant cost reductions.”