The United States Postal Service has announced they will end Saturday delivery of mail the week of August 5, 2013. They will continue to provide package and PO Box delivery on Saturdays and any post office that is currently open on Saturdays will continue to be open..
The USPS wanted to announce this change early to give customers and businesses an opportunity to adjust to the new schedule. They indicate that in a recent market research study nearly 7 out of 10 people supported this strategy as a way for the USPS to control their costs.
However, it is unclear if the USPS has the authority to limit their delivery schedule. Although the postal service is not a government agency, they are controlled by Congress. There has been no support in the government recently for a 5-day delivery schedule. As the weeks and months progress we will find out if Congress is willing to allow the postal service to make this change.
Our best advice is to prepare for this change, but to stay informed of any developments on this subject. We will continue to pass information along as we get it.
Printing Partners is in contact with the Postal Service on a regular basis, printing, processing and delivering direct mail to the USPS here in Indianapolis. As soon as our Mailing department has a final word on the delivery schedules, we will pass that information along.