The US Postal Service in 2011 will discontinue Saturday deliveries, according to Business Week:
The U.S. Postal Service would cut Saturday mail delivery starting in the first half of 2011 under a plan the agency will give its regulator tomorrow.
The Postal Service, which forecasts a $238 billion budget deficit by 2020, says it would save about $3.3 billion in the first year from eliminating deliveries on one day and $5.1 billion a year by 2020.
The Postal Service said reducing deliveries, eliminating the equivalent of 40,000 full-time jobs, would help it return to solvency as mail volumes erode because customers switch to electronic communication.
This news will lead to lots and lots of jokes on the late night talk shows. Discussions about “government run” delivery versus UPS and Fed Ex. But let’s face it, this is progress. We pay bills on-line, we send e-mails instead of letters, many paychecks are direct deposited into accounts, most packages with “valuables” are sent via other carriers. Mail was going to get phased out eventually, this is just one of the first steps.
Two things that will tick me off a) Netflix deliveries get delayed until Monday b) magazines will get delayed until Monday.