Postal Service announces new delivery schedule

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The United States Postal Service will change its delivery schedule to offer package deliveries on Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. This new schedule will begin the week of Aug. 5, and the projected savings for the Postal Service is around $2 billion annually once the program is fully implemented.

Over the past several years, the Postal Service has supported shifting to a five-day mail and package delivery schedule, yet 14 percent package delivery volume growth since 2010 and the projected increases for package delivery have resulted in the decision to maintain package delivery at six days per week.

"The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits," said Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and chief executive officer. "We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.

"Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day schedule for packages is an important part of that platform," continued Donahoe. "As customers increasingly use and rely on delivery services, especially due to the rise of e-commerce, we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice and as a driver of growth opportunities for American businesses."

As soon as this program is instituted in August, mail addressed to post office boxes will continue to be delivered six days per week, and post offices will continue to stay open on Saturdays with the new mail schedule.

Research by the Postal Service and independent research from major news organizations shows that 70 percent of Americans supported the measure to five-day-per-week mail delivery to reduce mail costs, and to return the organization to financial stability. Since the Postal Service will continue to deliver packages six days per week, they project that approval of this new change will be even higher.

The Postal Service is announcing this new schedule early, in order to allow residential and business customers time to plan and adjust to the change. The Postal Service plans to help residential and business customers adjust by issuing specific guidance before the program is implemented.

Throughout the toils of current financial challenges, the Postal Service Board of Governors has directed postal management to hasten the reorganization of Postal Service operations and strengthen the Postal Service's finances.

"The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation," said Donahoe. "The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the U.S. Mail."

The new delivery schedule expects a combination of employee reassignment and attrition, while projecting a savings of $2 billion annually. The Postal Service is currently restructuring its retail, delivery and mail processing operations.

Since 2006, the Postal Service has reduced its annual costs by approximately $15 billion, reduced the size of its work-force by 28 percent and combined more than 200 mail processing locations.

The Postal Service continued to pursue legislation that will provide it with more flexibility to control costs and generate new revenue. They are encouraging the 113th Congress to make postal reform legislation an urgent priority.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies wholly on the sale of postage, products and services for its operations.

For more information about the new delivery schedule, visit www.usps.com.

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