Post Office to end Saturday mail delivery
OKLAHOMA CITY – Mail on Saturdays may soon go the way of the Pony Express.
The U.S. Postal Service announced they will be ending Saturday mail delivery in one of the most drastic steps to cut costs to date.
Post officials said it is necessary to help their struggling finances.
Many customers we spoke with in Oklahoma City said they won’t mind the change.
Dominique Herrera, a postal customer, said, “People aren’t in a rush to get bills in the mail anyway.”
Another customer, Maxine Asch, said, “I would miss my Saturday delivery but we don’t always get things the way we want so I would adjust.”
The post office would remain open on Saturdays and packages would still be delivered.
Businesses like Oklahoma City’s Green Bambino said as long as packages continue to be delivered, the change should not impact their business too much.
Green Bambino owner Morgan Harris said, “Saturday’s always a busy day and if we can get the product in then we can get the product on the shelf to sell that day.”
Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said the plan will save them $2 billion annually.
USA Today reported the cash-strapped agency dropped plans to close thousands of offices last year after pressure from Congress.
Instead they decided to trim operations 13,000 offices.
According to USA Today, the mail service previously cut costs by eliminating 193,000 jobs and consolidating 200 mail processing centers.
Donahue said cutting Saturday delivery will enable them to cut more jobs, which can be done through retirements and buyouts.