USPS announces transition to 5-day delivery schedule

Saturday mail delivery to be dropped beginning in August

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The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday it would transition to a five-day delivery schedule beginning in August.

The Postal Service expects the save $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented, according to a USPS news release.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahue in the release. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

Once implemented beginning the week of Aug. 5 mail delivery to street addresses will occur Monday through Friday.

Package deliveries and mail sent to post office boxes will continue on the current Monday through Saturday schedule, the release states.

Office hours will not be affected by the new delivery schedule, according to the release, and Branch locations open Saturday will continue to do so.

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