WASHINGTON -- 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 annually, the financially struggling agency says.On-line I found the somewhat dated Post Service FAQs that answers that question as well as others:
In an announcement scheduled for 10 a.m. today, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.
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 services.
Under the new plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but 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.
What has to happen in order for five-day delivery to take effect?So the U.S. Postal Service no longer needs Congress' approval to move to a five day delivery week. But Congress can pass legislation to stop such a move.
- The Postal Service is currently required by Federal law to deliver mail six days a week in fiscal year 2010, but not beyond then. Implementation of a five-day delivery schedule in fiscal year 2011 would be contingent upon Congress not enacting legislation to prevent such a change. In addition, the Postal Service must file a request for a non-binding advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission. If the Postal Service implements five-day delivery, it would take effect in fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011).
Whether or not Congress takes that action, six day post office delivery appears to be on its death bed. More and more communication travels via the Internet. Utility bills are emailed instead of mailed. Payment on those bills are made electronically. Fewer and fewer people are using "snail mail," opting for electronic mail instead. Mail volume decreased 20% from 2006 to 2010. The use of regular mail is only going to decrease more as people opt for more instant and faster communication.