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Walnut Creek: Will You Miss First Class Mail Delivery on Saturdays?

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Medicines and packages will still be delivered. The post office on North Broadway will keep its Saturday hours.

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

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. 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.

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 fine 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.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

The Merry One February 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Frankly, from the perspective of a receiver, I have long suspected that our mail carrier was taking Saturdays off. We seldom get first-class mail on a Saturday now. As a sender, you never know if the mail you're dropping off is being processed on Saturdays, so there won't be a difference there, either. Not to be negative, but our company worked with the USPS nationwide for three years. We were amazed at how poorly run the organization was. Hierarchy was alive and well, and resistance to change doesn't even begin to address the issues they had.
Mssamjan February 07, 2013 at 07:10 PM
I always liked getting mail on Saturdays...my post office is closed on weekends...there aren't even any stamp machines or supplies any more. Walnut Creek Main is the best place to go on a Sat....Concord is mail challenged

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