USPS: Fewer Than 170 Post Offices Remain On Closure List

WASHINGTON — Fewer than 170 offices remain under review for possible consolidation under the U.S. Postal Service station and branch consolidation initiative.

Today’s announcement updates a review process begun earlier this summer that initially examined about 3,300 stations and branches in urban and suburban areas across the country, focusing on facilities in relatively close proximity to one another. The initiative looks to determine where consolidations might be feasible without compromising customer access to postal services.

The Postal Service receives no tax subsidy to operate the nation’s mail service. Revenues from the sale of postage, products and services fund its operations. At the conclusion of its 2009 fiscal year in October, the Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion.

“To shore up its finances, the Postal Service is looking at every aspect of its business to economize. Reducing over-capacity in retail and delivery operations is a smart business move. Every effort is being made to maintain and improve customer access to postal services,” said Steven J. Forte, senior vice president, Operations.

With over 36,000 Post Offices, stations, branches, contract and community post offices, the Postal Service has the largest retail network in the United States. An additional 56,000 locations such as supermarkets, drug stores, and other retailers sell postage and selected postal services. Nearly 18,000 ATMs dispense sheets of stamps. In addition postage can be purchased online at and printed on personal computers.

As part of the consolidation process, the Postal Service has filed periodic updates with the Postal Regulatory Commission identifying the retail stations and branches that remain under consideration. The filing does not represent a final decision on consolidation. At this point no facility-specific final decisions have been made as a result of this initiative.

New initiatives also are being undertaken to build revenue, including Flat Rate Priority Mail pricing and the introduction of greeting cards to 500 select Post Offices.

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Please note that today’s list is dated December 14, 2009.

3 thoughts on “USPS: Fewer Than 170 Post Offices Remain On Closure List

  1. Sirs,
    Is there any possibility that, in terms of a business model, that a business can lower both it’s visibility and it’s accessibility and gain more customer usage ?
    Woyuld not closing offices, removing mailboxes, removing ” automated ” postage machines in lobbies, nighttime mail delivery, and having increasingly smaller office hours and succeed in increasing it’s profits ? This,to me, seems like a contradiction in terms. To encourage people to use the postal system raising your visbility seems paramount. Also you cannot expect positive long term results when your administrative costs are too high and your labor force is exhausted from understaffing.

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