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U.S. Postal Service To End Saturday Mail Delivery in August 2013

Package delivery would continue on Saturdays. The plan reportedly would save the agency about $2 billion annually.

By mid summer Peachtree Corners residents will no longer get their mail delivered to their homes on Saturdays if a plan by the U.S. Post Office is approved.

The U.S. Postal Service reportedly will end Saturday mail delivery in August 2013, but will continue to deliver packages on Saturdays.

According to an ABC News report, the agency is making the move to curb financial losses. The plan would save the agency about $2 billion annually, the report says.

Also, delivery to post office boxes would continue on Saturdays, the report says. And post offices now open on Saturdays, including the Peachtree Corners branch, would remain open on Saturdays.

 Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. Though an independent agency, the service still is subject to congressional control.

It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval, ABC News said.

A formal announcement is expected later Wednesday.

-- Will you miss having your mail delivered on Saturday or do you think this is a long over-due solution to helping curb the post office's losses?


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Gay Shook February 06, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I visited our Peachtree Corners Branch post office yesterday to buy some stamps; there were only about four or five people ahead of me in the line. There were only two clerks manning the service cubicles so things were going slowly, but there was one employee whose job was apparently to stand in the lobby area in front of the surveillance camera to ask us all what we needed. I suggested he go back to a cubicle and sell me some stamps, but he said he was unable to do that as his job was to stand in front of the camera and ask us what we needed. I found this quite unbelievable on several levels! I was still standing in line when this young man was replaced by another postal worker to stand in the lobby and he went into a cubicle to begin actually serving the customers. I cannot imagine that THIS procedure adds anything at all to the branch's efficiency. No Saturday home delivery is fine with me.
Judy Putnam (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Is there any wonder why the post office is losing money. It's bogged down by bureaucracy. The post office has been bleeding red for years, reducing delivery to five days a week is at least a step in the right direction.
K Wade February 06, 2013 at 10:34 PM
"By mid summer Peachtree Corners residents will no longer get their mail delivered to their homes if a plan by the U.S. Post Office is approved." Thing there may be something missing in that first sentence of the article.
Judy Putnam (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Yes, you are correct - the missing word is "Saturday" - thanks for pointing that out. I'll correct it now.

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