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Post offices face “right-sizing”

August 10, 2011

The United States Postal Service (USPS) can no longer service the current 32,000 retail offices, so some are going to go.
Seven local post offices appear on a “study list” of possible closures, which probably means that they, if not closed totally, will be “right-sized.”

In Pennsylvania, those include Mill Rift, Poyntelle, Preston Park and Starrucca; the New York facilities include Pond Eddy, Kenoza Lake and Fremont Center.

An estimated 3,700 offices in the nation are being targeted. The Postal Service said that their nearly 32,000 retail offices is the largest retail network in the country.
A statement from the postal authority said that studies will be held on each cited store, and no decisions will be made until after a public input session is held.

“Once initiated, a study generally takes several months,” said George Flood, local USPS Corporate Communications spokesperson in the Northeast area covering Westchester District, which includes Sullivan County, NY.

“In addition to the market data, the decision analysis will take into account the possible effects of any closures on the community, effects on USPS employees and public input/feedback through surveys,” he said.

The move is necessitated because of the growing number of people who do their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations.

To make the transition easier for affected communities, the USPS has created what they are calling the “Village Post Office,” which 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 service when and where our customers want them,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahue.

The post office of tomorrow will be smaller, leaner and more competitive, he said.

USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage products and services to fund its operations.

The entire listing of post offices to be studied can be found at cess/welcome.htm.