U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 2/6/2013

Cutbacks continue at the U.S. Postal Service, and the changes could affect truckers who contract to haul the mail. The Postal Service announced Wednesday, Feb. 6, that it will discontinue home mail delivery on Saturdays beginning in August.

The Postal Service will continue, however, to make package deliveries on a six-day schedule, including Saturdays.

Eliminating one day’s worth of home mail delivery (P.O. boxes will not be affected) could save the Postal Service $2 billion, the agency said in a statement.

The announcement marks the latest in a series of cutbacks that began in 2006. Since then, the Postal Service has trimmed its workforce by 193,000 people and cut costs by $15 billion.

“The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe stated. “The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail.”

In late 2011, the Postal Service changed overnight service to a two- to three-day schedule and set out to consolidate more than 200 of the 487 mail processing plants around the country.

Cutbacks and consolidations will no doubt affect the contracts, routing and schedules for truckers and firms involved in moving the mail. A regional Postal Service spokesman contacted by Land Line acknowledged that the cutbacks could affect the agency’s contracted mail haulers but declined to elaborate.

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