Southwest Atlanta 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.
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.”
West End resident Crystal Dishmon works in Midtown and Wednesday outside the West Peachtree Street post office branch she said she understood the need to save money, but recognized that no Saturday delivery would be burdensome for some.
"It seem like it will be very inconvenient for the individual who works during the week and may not be able to get to the post office before the 5 o'clock hour," she explained. "Saturday is that day for some to run errands such as getting to the post office."
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.
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