Earlier this month, the US Postal Service announced its intention of delivering mail Monday through Friday but continuing to deliver packages Monday through Saturday. This is scheduled to take place in early August. The change in delivery is expected to save USPS approximately $2 billion annually. Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages but strong growth in package delivery led to the revised decision to maintain package delivery six days per week.
“Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “As consumers 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 America’s businesses.”
As these plans are reviewed, if the 5-day a week mail schedule goes into effect, there is the possibility of delayed mail earlier in the week as USPS sorts through more mail at the start each week.
As you may have heard, certain members of Congress are not in favor of this decision. It is also a possibility that with more involvement outside the agency, USPS may decide to revise its plans. In all cases, CMS will keep you apprised of any decisions made by USPS and/or Congress. CMS will also have separate plans to help manage its customers through any decision that is made. Please contact us at 718-439-1143 if you have any questions.
The complete text of the Postal Service’s news release is available at http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_019.htm.