CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The U.S. Postal Service announced its decision to switch to a new delivery system that would eliminate Saturday mail delivery starting Aug. 5. The Chappaqua post office will transition accordingly.
“The post office will still be open on Saturdays, and packages will still be delivered, but regular mail will not be,” said USPS Northeast spokesperson George Flood. “The market research we conducted suggests that seven out of ten Americans will have no issue with the change.”
USPS Westchester County Marketing Manager Debra Jones sees no reason why Westchester County residents would differ from the nationwide market research.
“Customers will still have the option of having a post office box, from which they can pick up on Saturdays if they need to,” she said. “They will have that option, and packages will still be delivered.”
The Postal Service expects the transition to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented. USPS Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe said he is confident in the new direction.
“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 Donahoe. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages. However, 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 the 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 Donahoe.
“As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services - especially due to the rise of e-commerce - we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses,” he said.
The Postal Service made the announcement Wednesday - 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.
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