U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery

Plan aims to save $2 billion annually

In one of the biggest moves yet to save money, the U.S. Postal Service is putting an end to most Saturday mail pickup and delivery.

Beginning the week of Aug. 5, service will be cut back to five days a week for home pickup and delivery. 

However, there will continue to be package delivery on Saturdays and mail delivery at post office boxes.

Post offices that are already open on Saturdays will continue to stay open.

Reactions from customers at the main post office on Perrin Beitel Road were mixed.

"They've got to cut corners somewhere, but discontinuing Saturdays, I don't think is a good move," said Raymond Swan, a postal customer

"It should have been done years ago," said Bess Line, also a postal customer. "It saves money and the only thing that comes in the mail is garbage trash circulars."

The new delivery schedule is expected to impact postal employees through job reassignments and attrition. 

However, the Postal Service expects the plan to ultimately save $2 billion annually.

The delivery new schedule starts the week of Aug. 5.

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