CADIZ – The U.S. Postal Service is making more changes to reduce a billion-dollar deficit by curbing Saturday mail deliveries.
In the wake of some post office closings and altered business hours, officials have announced that delivery services will change starting Aug. 5. At that time, packages will be delivered six days a week while mail services will only occur during weekdays. The goal is to generate approximately $2 billion per year in cost savings and reduce a growing deficit.
David Van Allen, corporate communications specialist in the Cleveland office, said changes were necessary in the wake of looming financial losses and a growth in Internet-based transactions.
“Realigning the retail hours at the post office, having five-day mail delivery and consolidating processing centers are all a plan to get the postal service back to profitability,” he said, adding the USPS ended 2012 with a $15 billion deficit.
Van Allen added that mail handling dropped by 25 percent since 2006 with stamps also falling by half in that timeframe, mainly because the Internet has given the public faster and cheaper methods to correspond.
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