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Post office to cut Saturday mail delivery


In an attempt to save about $2 billion yearly, the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays. According to an announcement on Wednesday by Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe, the cutback is expected to be enforced beginning in August.

Officials said the cutback is a result of a decline in mail delivery with the increasing prevalence of email and Internet usage, according to the New York Times. Still, package delivery has increased 14 percent since 2010 and will continue on Saturdays.

Post offices will also remain open on Saturdays, where mail pickup will be accessible.

According to a New York Times/CBS News poll last year, 7 in 10 Americans are in favor of the new plan if it ensures that the Postal Service will reduce costs.

Chandler Oliver, a marketing intern at the University of Florida Athletic Association, is in favor of the switch.

“I normally just get my credit card bills and magazines,” Oliver said. “I still send mail, like some ‘Thank You’ notes and stuff like that.”

Jose St. Louis, a fifth-year senior at UF, said he will be unaffected by the cutback in August.

“Most of my correspondence is usually sent to my email address just because it’s easier and I’m more likely to check it and receive it,” he said.

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