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Postal Service Ends Saturday Delivery for Mail, Not Packages

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Rochester: Postal Service Ends Saturday Delivery for Mail, Not Packages
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It's a move the Postal Service has been considering for several years. After losing nearly $16 billion in 2012, the shift to a Monday through Friday delivery schedule is expected to save approximately $2 billion a year.

"I think Monday through Friday would be good enough. I think businesses depend on it during the week, very much so. But I do know a lot of people when they're working need to go to the Post Office to take care of business on Saturdays, so I think it's a tough situation," said Pat Morrow, Pittsford.

Postal officials say that post offices currently open on Saturday will remain open, so the new delivery schedule will have no affect on counter service.

Customers will still be able to purchase stamps and mail packages on Saturday and the Postal Service will continue with Saturday package delivery. Mail will also be delivered to post office boxes six days a week.

However, limiting home delivery to five days doesn't sit well with everyone.

"The weekend it's very, very important especially for those who are homebound. I know a lot of people who are homebound, retirees and things like that. So if you cancel a service like that you're doing them a disservice. I really don't think it's a good idea, " said Simon Njumbwa, Rochester.

QCI Direct is a retail catalog firm in Chili. Its catalogs are mailed to 35 million people annually, offering more than 4,000 products. The company uses various services for its package deliveries; however, the majority of them are shipped through the U.S. Postal Service.

"Post office is much more economical. We find it's better so we can pass the savings on to the customer. People don't want those high rates just to get something that they don't need urgently, so that's why we like the post office," said Jeanne Wind, QCI Direct Vice President.

The Postal Service says its package deliveries have increased 14 percent over the last two years and expects continued growth. That's the reason package delivery service will reamain six says a week.

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