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Business-to-business paper payments likely will still arrive on time even if the U.S. Postal Service gets Congress to go along with its plan to reduce mail delivery from six to five days a week to contain the service’s burgeoning deficit.

The change will have a “fairly minimal impact” on companies’ payments from other companies, says Lex Litton, senior vice president of operations at Phoenix-Hecht, a financial services research firm in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Corporations generally don’t mail out payments on Saturdays, he notes. “And the postal service will continue delivery operations Saturday night into Sunday, as well as Sunday afternoon, at their plants, and that’s where lockboxes pick up their mail, from the plants,” Litton says. “So, essentially the weekend flow of receipts that occurs today in wholesale lockboxes will continue.”

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