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Six Days of Package Delivery, Five Days of Mail Delivery beginning in August
The united States Postal Service announced plans on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, of this year that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Services expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.
“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 Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “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 (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 provided and maintain a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform, “said Donahoe.
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