POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge residents will no longer see their friendly neighborhood postal carrier coming up the walkway on Saturday to deliver a bundle of mail.
The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday plans to halt Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.
However, the Postal Service won’t be completely shut down on Saturdays, said Pound Ridge Postmaster Tarra Crenshaw.
“Our lobby will remain open during regular business hours on Saturdays,” she said. “If you have a post office box, you’ll still get six-day delivery. Packages and Express Mail will still be delivered [to homes and businesses] on Saturdays, but no regular mail.”
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for both mail and packages. However, according to the Postal Service, recent strong growth in package delivery (a 14 percent volume increase since 2010) and projections of continued strong package growth throughout the coming decade led to a revised approach 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.”
Donahoe said market research conducted by the Postal Service and independent research by major news organizations indicated that nearly seven out of 10 Americans supported the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs in its effort to return the organization to financial stability.
“We are happy about it here because it will save a lot of jobs,” Crenshaw said. “But we are not sure what the big picture is. We’ll have to wait and see.”
The Postal Service made the announcement more than six months in advance of implementing the five-day mail delivery schedule to give its customers time to plan and adjust. It plans to publish specific guidance in the near future for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule.