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Postal Service Considering Over 3,600 Offices for Closure

By July 26, 2011

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Postal Service Considers Closing Post Offices Facing financial failure, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has released a list of more than 3,600 facilities, including local post offices and retail locations, being considered for closure.

The potential post office closures represent yet another effort by USPS to stem its losses that amounted to $8.5 billion in 2010.

Blaming the popularity of email, a decline in direct mail advertising and its congressionally-mandated requirement to pre-fund its employee retirement fund, the USPS has already proposed stopping Saturday mail delivery and even hinted at reducing deliveries to three-days-a-week by 2025.

According to the USPS, many of the post offices targeted for closure are in rural communities or have relatively low foot traffic.

You Don't Need No Stinking Post Office: In an effort to replace post office-like services in communities affected by the facility closures, the USPS also announced a "Village Post Offices" program under which local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and retailers would offer postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.

"Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a press release. "Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7."

For place that do not have grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, or retail chains, there will be... trips to places that do, I guess.

Other recent USPS cost-saving efforts have included employee layoffs, job eliminations and facility closures, and eliminating bonuses for their top executives.

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July 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm
(1) Robert Longley says:

Yes this is actually a different Robert Longley commenting. In 1992 the postal service recognized that email and other trends would substantially change their business model. They came up with a plan to turn post offices into remote government services centers. A portion of each building would be split by other agencies to give them a shared presence. So you could have IRS available on mondays, USDA on tuesdays, INS on wednesdays, etc. The idea never materialized but now might be a good time to dust it off. Closing post offices just seems like the wrong approach.

January 10, 2012 at 8:26 am
(2) Leigh says:

I just think closing the small and rural post offices down is not the solution. These are the communities that need the services most. The population in these areas consist of the elderly, disabled, minority and the unenlightened and low-income. Most don’t drive and walk to the facility. Not only that but especially the elderly gather there for socializing. To the people of these communities a post office is more than a post office, it is the heart of their community. The post office is what identifies their town.

January 10, 2012 at 8:38 am
(3) Leigh says:

I don’t think closing the rural and small post offices is the answer. The population in these areas are the elderly, disabled, unenlightened, and low-income. It would only hurt these communities economically, and socially. These areas depend on their post office to keep them connected to the outside world. They don’t have broadband in these areas, computers or iphones and if they did they couldn’t afford them. The elderly go there to socialize and so do the other community members and they usually are within walking distance. Most would not have a way to another post office because they don’t drive. Their post office is what identifies their towns. Closing these post offices will only account for 7/10 percent. They are low-income because they are in a low-income community and they are not going to have the workload that larger ones do. There has to be another answer.

March 5, 2012 at 7:20 am
(4) NAthan says:

They should of closed the Fayetteville Postal procressing plant and they still should let tulsa do it

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