NO MAIL SATURDAY: Saturday mail delivery to stop in August

WASHINGTON — Saturday mail delivery will soon be suspended, according to the Postal Service.Cutting back to a five-day delivery schedule is estimated to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually. With online technology and the growing use of internet driven communication, the agency has been struggling financially.The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points ­— package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials said, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use. Although mail will be suspended, some Saturday services will continue. Packages will continue to be delivered and post office boxes will be serviced and post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays. How this change will effect businesses is still being determined, but Amy Carpenter, with Anytime Fitness, Columbia City, does not anticipate much of a change.In an announcement scheduled for later today, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.Over the past several years, the Postal Service has tried to shift to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. The agency repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, appealed to Congress to approve the move. Though an independent agency, the service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations, but is subject to congressional control. It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval. But the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change. Material prepared for the Wednesday press conference by Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, says Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs, according to Associated Press reports.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 6 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.