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US Postal Service Plans to Eliminate Saturday Mail

No More Saturday Mail
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According to reports, the U.S. Postal Service plans to eliminate Saturday mail delivery in a brash attempt to trim nearly $2 billion of spending from the agency’s increasingly unstable budget.

Sources say that the agency is scheduled to make a formal announcement sometime on Wednesday and is expected to cease all Saturday mail distribution around August.

However, the postal service still plans to continue delivering packages six days a week, as there has been nearly a 15 percent increase in this particular service since 2010. Unfortunately, with the increasing popularity of the Internet, regular mail services have continued to struggle throughout the last several years.

Yet, the new plan is not as much a diminishing effort as it may seem –  all USPS locations that are open on Saturday will remain open on Saturday, with mail still being delivered to post office boxes.

Throughout the last few years, the independent agency has been on begging, bended-knees to Congress in hopes that they would approve a five-day delivery schedule to help the agency pull itself out of its financial deficit; however, no such approval has been seriously entertained. At this time, there has been no clarification as to how the agency will do away with Saturday mail delivery without the approval of Congress.

Postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe says that market research has found that most Americans support a five-day delivery schedule as a means for the Postal Service to cut costs.

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