US Postal Service: Saturday Mail Delivery to End

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1, but offices will remain open for walk-ins and package deliveries will continue. Tell Us: How will this affect you?


Hamden residents seeking to get their mail on Saturday's will soon have to make other arrangements or simply wait.

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, According to the U.S. Postal Service. (In Hamden, post offices are located on Whitney, Putnam and Dixwell avenues.)

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The reasons for the change are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers, according to the USPS website. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day. According to a CBS News report, the change would only affect first-class mail; packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail will continue to be delivered on Saturdays.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Tell Us: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

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Linda C February 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Ending Saturday delivery has one purpose, to break the carriers contract. Another decision by the powers to be that will NOT solve the problem. It always amazes me how they feel taking service away from the customers, is the best way for a business to survive? The postal service even with emailing and on line payments would easily show a profit every year if they weren't required to PRE-PAY employees retirement, workers comp and insurance payments. No other business in the world has to payout monies before it is earned. People think their taxes are bailing out the postal service, not true. It is what they call a self sustaining government agency. That means if they come up short from monies earned they DO NOT RECEIVE any help from the Federal Government. However if they should make a profit the Federal Government is allowed to use that money at their discretion. There are many things wrong in the Postal Service, but customer service is not one of them. The Postal Services real estate holdings would amaze you.They currently own thousands of buildings that stand vacant, while they RENT others in the area. Even though most clerk jobs were taken over by machines, they still have Supervisors in place. Just a few HUGE money draining circumstances within the Postal Service. If they sued Lance Armstrong for accepting Billions under fraudulent circumstances, they could pay their debt in full. No Saturday Delivery is a Stupid Move!
LOIS JASON February 07, 2013 at 11:31 PM
This will not really affect me BUT I do expect DAILY delivery to continue. There are many elderly that do NOT have computers and U.S. Mail is the way they receive checks and communications with the World!
Linda C February 08, 2013 at 05:39 PM
You are absolutely correct Lois. Even more importantly often is the case where the mail carrier is the only constant is some elderly lives. Daily conversations sometimes all they have, a constant eye kept on their welfare. You'd be surprised the importance of that one constant presence in their lives. More often than not it is their carrier who reports something off, leading to elderly being found after a fall or even worse. I get it's not the carriers responsibility, however it is a reality in a lot of cases. Most people leave for work before the carrier comes and returns after they have gone. Never knowing it is the carrier who keeps an eye on the neighborhood, knowing and reporting anything out of the ordinary. It's the carrier who has reported suspicious activity, preventing break ins, first signs of smoke, reporting house and car fires. Sick or injured animals and even watching out for children's safety especially in the summer months. Your carrier knows your area, your habits, even who belongs and doesn't belong in the neighborhood. People don't realize all the added extras they receive for just 46 cents! You don't and won't get that service on line. It's a part of the total customer service that is provided that most aren't even aware of, but surely benefit from. As I've said before, I know of no business who's benefited from destroying customer service! It's just another scapegoat, most certainly not the answer.
Hamden Resident February 09, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I am someone on Long Term Disability, not SSI...but a disability that I payed a premiem for and then when I had surgery had to use this insurance to supplement my income. I count on it being delievered and can not tell you how many times it does not come on time or when it is suppose to due to the delivery of the post office. I can't tell you how many times I did not recieve mail, including bank statements, Ui statements ect. I have complained on several occasions to my local post office and I can't imagine without a sat service, that this is going to get any better. Not to mention, I get other people's mail on a weekly basis. My point is, you count on the mail to deliver and do there job and there is only one manager out of three that even care enough to return a call or to actually solve the problem... Yes, I am grateful for that ....but for someone already frustrated with this system it can only get worse...Just this Sat it took 2 extra days to begin with and I didn't get my Sat mail until 5:30...too late for me to cash it..until Monday...it was mailed on Monday and should have been in mailbox on Thur or Friday at the veryyyyy latest...so now what...we wont get it until god knows when...
Linda C February 10, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Your best bet is to go with Direct Deposit. It will go directly into your account on the correct date, you wont have to wait for it to be delivered.


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