USPS ends regular mail delivery on Saturdays
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 00:02
The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver mail through rain, sleet or snow – but not on Saturdays.
The U.S. Postal Service has been planning this change for the past two years, according to David Van Allen, the regional spokesman for the Postal Service.
This change will help the Postal Service save about $2 billion a year, Van Allen said.
With the advancement in technology, people rely more on the Internet for mail and paying bills rather than regular mail. According to Van Allen, there has been a 50 percent decline in mail volume since 2000.
The U.S. Postal Service was established 237 years ago and has gone through innumerable changes. This is just another one, Van Allen said.
Other postal services like Fed Ex said they will not be affected by this.
“We have nothing to do with U.S. Postal Service, it’s really not going to affect us in any way,” Renee Buckner, center consultant at Fed Ex in Hamilton, said.
Bob Coley, owner of the UPS store in Oxford, said even though this might have an impact on individuals, Oxford will only be affected because first class mail like magazines will not be delivered.
Residents are not the only people who may be affected by the change in the Postal Service schedule. Postal Service employees may also notice a difference.
The Postal Service will not hire more people since the end of Saturday delivery, Coley said.
Van Allen said this will impact about 20,000 to 25,000 positions.
According to market research, seven out of 10 Americans support five-day delivery and Saturday mail has the least impact on people, according to Van Allen.
While this change might affect some students at Miami University, others said it is not going to have a big impact on them.
“I haven’t checked my mailbox all week,” junior Justine Daley said. “What I get in the mail is bills and pizza coupons.”
She said she uses the Internet for necessities like paying bills instead of through the regular mail.