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Postal Service Backs Away from Cutting Saturday Mail Delivery

10 Apr, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The United States Postal Service April 10 said its board of governors has agreed to postpone eliminating Saturday mail delivery slated to take effect Aug. 5. The USPS said it would abide by recent Congressional action mandating ongoing Saturday delivery, despite the Postal Service’s attempt to cut delivery due to extreme budget problems.

“The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time,” the USPS said in a statement. “The board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.”

The Postal Service said transitioning to a five-day delivery schedule would save approximately $2 billion annually and is a necessary part of a larger business plan to return to long-term financial stability. According to numerous polls, a new five-day delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public.

“Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the [Obama] administration and some members of Congress,” the USPS said.

Netflix's by-mail disc rental service, which is the Postal Service’s largest individual client, has said it is indifferent on the issue and would abide by any decision.

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