Postal Service: Saturday Mail Delivery, Still On

April 17, 2013 Off By Melissa Team

By Abby Garcia Telleria

It seems like the USPS® can’t catch a break. Earlier this year, the Postal Service® proposed a plan to end Saturday delivery in an effort to curb massive losses, slash costs, and restore the beleaguered agency to long-term financial stability. According to published reports, instituting a 5-day delivery schedule would save the Postal Service roughly $2 billion annually.

The proposed delivery schedule would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday.

But just last month, Congress passed a “continuing resolution” – effectively prohibiting 5-day delivery by ordering the Postal Service to continue Saturday mail delivery.

The move halted the Postal Service’s momentum. The USPS’ Board of Governors recently voted to shelve the proposed delivery schedule, at least until “legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.”

The Board issued a statement, saying “Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time.”

What does this mean now for the Postal Service? “It’s not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion,” the agency said in a statement.

For now, the Postal Service will reopen negotiations with postal unions to discuss lowering workforce costs, and take actions necessary (read: possible postage rate increases) to reduce costs.

We’ll continue to update you on any new developments … stay tuned!

— Abby Garcia Telleria is a marketing specialist for Melissa Data.