Changes Coming to U.S. Postal Service

United State Postal Service

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is set to announce the end of Saturday postal delivery. This change to delivery service is said to save the USPS billions of dollars per year, something much needed for this quasi-agency that in recent years has hemorrhaged money.

The delivery change is set to take effect August 1, 2013.

USPS plans to continue Saturday delivery of packages. Post offices would remain open on Saturdays so that customers can drop off mail or packages, buy postage stamps, or access their post office boxes, but hours would likely be reduced at thousands of smaller locations.

A postal rate increase has also recently taken effect. As of January 27, 2013 the standard letter rate was raised to $0.46 (from 0.45). If you have forever stamps, not to worry these will still get your letter to its recipient. Access a full list of postal rate changes here: https://stamps.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1685/~/usps-2013-postage-rate-increase-information.

As a geeky documents librarian side note, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) issued a report in 1982 predicting how changes in communications and electronic mail would affect the “USPS finances, service levels, and labor force requirements over the next two decades.”  How spot-on the OTA was. Read the report here: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39480/.

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