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U.S. Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

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The U.S. Postal Services will be eliminating Saturday mail delivery for mail sent to home or business addresses in August of this year. 

Post offices will be open as usual on Saturdays and P.O. Boxes will receive all mail as well. 

Packages will be delivered to home and business addresses on Saturdays; the post office says it continues to see a growth in the number of packages shipped due to the popularity of e-commerce retail sales. 

The regional post office spokesperson said at this point the postal service has not determined what will technically be categorized as a package.

 The postal service says its research shows 7 out of 10 Americans support the five day mail delivery system as a way to save money. 

"Just bills any ways, so it doesn't matter if I get them on Monday or Saturday," said Sioux Falls resident Rick Young.  

"It depends on what it is, if you're really waiting on something or not, or I can wait on Monday too, but it would be nice to get it on a Saturday over the weekend," said Sioux Falls resident Thana Huynh. 

The postal service says cutting out Saturday mail delivery will save approximately $2 billion each year; savings the organizations needs to stay afloat.  

In its last fiscal year, the postal service recorded a $15.9 billion loss and defaulted on more than $11 billion in retiree health benefit pre funding payments. 

The Saturday changes will be implemented on August 5th, 2013.

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