USPS Eyes 3,700 Closures, Seeks Retail Partners

WASHINGTON, DC—The United States Postal Service (USPS) is ratcheting up its campaign to stay above water, not to mention relevant in the eyes of a disinterested consumer crowd and a concerned business community. Mr. ZIP has decided to slim down even further, with 3,700 retail offices coming under scrutiny for possible closure. It represents more than 10 percent of USPS’ 32,000 retail offices.

“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, open 24/7,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customers’ habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”

But the Postal Service is offering a solution to allay the concerns that closures would have an onerous impact on the more rural communities. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.

“By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.”

Counting the 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 USPS-approved third-party retailers, USPS customers have about 100,000 locations across the nation. Still, Donahoe notes that the USPS of the future will be “smaller, leaner and more competitive, and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value.”

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  • Printing_Rocks

    Perhaps they could take a few of the laid-off workers and move them into facilities that have exceedingly long wait lines for both their consumer and business mail units. Dropping off mail would be a lot more pleasurable if you didn’t have to budget an hour or more just to drop off a package, let alone bulk mailings.

  • No Wonder They Are GOB

    Tried to find a change of address card at two offices Wednesday. One is left with the impression after this visit and the past few that the Post Office really doesn’t want to stay in business.

    Customer service folks! If we treated our customers like the Post Office treats theirs, wow. I cannot imagine how bad business might be.

    Good luck USPS, we will really miss you when you are gone.

  • dick

    I served as a postmaster for 38 years, Why do I have to pay 38 bucks when millions of people have rfd (rural free delivery) Lets shart here to help USPS.