By Beth Lawton
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.
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Post offices will remain open Saturdays and package deliveries will occur on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
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 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.
In January, the Postal Service increased the cost to mail a one ounce letter to 46 cents a stamp.
Here's are the Saturday hours for post offices around the area:
- Wheaton: 122 N. Wheaton Ave., open 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Wheaton: 46 Danada Sq. W., open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Plainfield: 14855 S. Van Dyke Rd., open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Elmhurst: 154 W. Park Ave., open 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Glen Ellyn: 757 DuPage Blvd., open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Glen Ellyn: 528 Pennslyvania Ave., closed Saturday
- Naperville: 5 S. Washington St. Suite 105, open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Naperville: 3075 Book Rd. Suite 103, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Naperville: 1750 W. Ogden Ave., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Lisle: 817 Ogden Ave., open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Aurora: 3900 Gabrielle Ln., open 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Aurora: 6S404 Eola Rd., open 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?