Local Businesses Say End Of Saturday Mail Delivery Will Hurt

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Updated: 2/06/2013 6:18 pm
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The USPS announced it will stop delivery mail on Saturdays.  The Postal Service says this move will save $2 billion dollars a year, but businesses say it will hurt them. 

"When I heard about it I was just kind of blown away," said Garrett Ebel, 5Spot Shirts CEO. 

Ebel started a new business in Lexington.  $5 from every shirt sold goes to a random act of kindness.  Ebel says his start-up will have to slow down.

"As soon as an order is made for a customer, that's when we contact our supplier, and have them start shipping things to us.  So, any delay in that process results in additional time that your customers are waiting without their product," said Ebel.

Brothers Auto Sales says Saturdays are their busiest day.  From sending out car titles to receiving checks, the dealership expects delays.

"I screamed," said Sherreta Henderson, the Brothers Auto Sales Office Manager.

She says the decision is much more than an inconvenience.  The business predicts it will lose 2-3% of its yearly profit. 

"It will most definitely hurt us as far as funding.  When bills get funded.  Bills, you know, they'll be late," said Henderson.

Ebel says time is money, especially for a new company.

"That extra day is huge for us.  It's vital.  If we don't have that Saturday delivery, we could be missing checks, we have to waive a 2-day period so that we can maybe ship something out to a customer that really needs it," said Ebel.

Saturday delivery ends in August.  The USPS will still deliver packages and mail addressed to PO boxes. 
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