ABM: Elimination of Saturday delivery 'inevitable'

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New York—In a video announcement delivered to its membership Friday, American Business Media CEO Gordon T. Hughes II said opposition in Congress to the elimination of Saturday postal delivery "appears to be waning." In the "Presidential Flash" video, Hughes goes on to say: "Mailers appear to be accepting with reluctance [the] inevitability" of the end of Saturday postal delivery.

In January, the U.S. Postal Service asked Congress to lift the six-days-a-week delivery requirement. Testimony before Congress, and in particular the House Postal Service subcommittee, is continuing.

As consumer and marketing practices have increasingly turned to digital mail, the Postal Service has lost volume and revenue. Postmaster General John E. Potter is projecting the Postal Service will have a record $7 billion loss this year, up from the $6 billion deficit forecast in March. In the second quarter, the Postal Service recorded a $1.9 billion loss.

Potter estimates that eliminating Saturday delivery would save $3 billion annually.

Noting that ABM members spend about $300 million annually on postage, Hughes said, "Even with the changing focus of many ABM members, they nevertheless remain acutely interested in both the cost and quality of postal delivery."

ABM projects that, should Congress grant the request to eliminate Saturday delivery, only post office box and Express Mail delivery will continue on that day. Along with delivery, Saturday processing of outgoing mail will be eliminated.

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