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More Post Offices on the Chopping Block

Staying connected by computer hurting USPS bottom line

By Liz Crenshaw
|  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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More Post Offices on the Chopping Block

Is your local post office closing? Due to massive losses in revenue, the U.S. Postal Service released a new list today of almost 4,000 retail offices that are being studied for possible closure.

As more customers conduct their business online and on their smart phones, USPS says it can no longer afford to keep open all of its 32,000 retail offices across the country.

“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.

The USPS calls it “right-sizing” its expansive retail network. In addition to closures, the Postal Service is expanding its presence at grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, calling these new operations Village Post Offices.

“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.”

Included on the list are post offices in Chevy Chase, Md.; southwest D.C.; and Leesburg, Va. For a complete list of offices being studied for closure, click here.


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