NEWBERRY COUNTY — The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will no longer deliver First Class mail to street addresses on Saturdays beginning the week of Aug. 5, a move expected to save the U.S. Postal Service $2 million annually.
“The Monday through Friday restriction applies to all letter mail,” said Michael Miles, a corporate media contact with U.S. Postal Service in Atlanta, Ga. “Saturday delivery will be extended to packages only. Package delivery will not be affected by this change. We will still deliver mail to post office boxes on Saturday and post offices with normal Saturday hours will not be affected.”
Also, this change does not affect the Saturday hours of post offices.
The USPS has made adjustments with employment as far as operations are concerned, Miles said, adding that no major layoffs have occurred.
Normal attrition through retirements, reassignments transfers to other agencies, etc., have accommodated impacted employees, Miles said, adding that the U.S. Postal Service can expect to do the same with this upcoming change and adjust the delivery schedule without having to lay off employees.
Over the past several years, the U.S. Postal Service has advocated a shift 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, according to a statement from the USPS.
Residents and business customers are receiving this announcement about six months in advance to plan and adjust, according to the USPS.
In Newberry County, there are 10 post offices: College Street in Newberry, Silverstreet, Prosperity, Kinards, Pomaria, Little Mountain, Joanna, Whitmire, Chappells and Peak. All offices except Kinards, Joanna and Whitmire have Saturday hours.
For more information about specific hours of the locations along with other pertinent information, visit www.usps.com.