The United States Postal Service has announced it will stop its Saturday mail delivery starting August 5 of this year. The decision was a long time coming.
“Since 2008 we’ve seen a steady decline in the use of first class mail,” Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said during a news conference where the announcement was made.
Donahoe said they’ve made a number of changes to cut costs and boost revenue, “We consolidated over 200 mail processing facilities, eliminated 21,000 delivery routes, substantially reduced administrative costs, and now we’re reducing hours in over 9,000 post offices across the country.”
Despite those money saving efforts, USPS had a $15.9 Billion loss last fiscal year. So the organization decided to end Saturday mail delivery, but keep package deliveries and PO Box mail delivery. The move is expected to save $2 Billion, which is good considering USPS gets all of its revenue from postage sales.
Donahoe said USPS does not get tax dollars nor do they want to get tax dollars.
So how did USPS end up in its current financial situation? Namely, people just aren’t mailing letters the way they used to.
“People pay their bills on line,” said Donahoe, “It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s free. You can’t beat free.”
There’s also increased competition from other package delivery companies. Donahoe added the decision to end Saturday mail came after months of customer input.
FOX40 spoke with Sacramento’s postal representative, Ralph Petty, about changes at local post offices. He assured post offices that are currently open on Saturdays will stay open, and even though some hours in rural locations may be reduced that decision was made long before Donahoe’s announcement.