The Postal Service’s “Retail Channel Strategy”: A blueprint for privatizing the post office

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It’s been clear for a long time that the Postal Service is in the process of privatizing itself by shifting processing operations to companies like Pitney Bowes through the workshare system and contracting out billions of dollars of work to private corporations (over $12 billion in 2014).  The Postal Service has also been working to privatize its retail operations by … Read More

Canceled contract leaves Knik post office customers in limbo

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The Postal Service has canceled the post office contract in Knik, Alaska, and there’s no immediate plans to reopen the facility that serves the booming Knik-Fairview community. Displaced customers of the Knik post office that closed suddenly three weeks ago still don’t know when or even if it will reopen. They have to drive to the Wasilla post office — miles out of the way for … Read More

Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC’s decision to dismiss Careywood appeal

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has dismissed the appeal on the closing of the contract postal unit in Careywood, Idaho.  It was a terrible decision.  It is illogical and inconsistent with the Commission’s own precedents, and it creates a new precedent that endangers not only all contract post offices, but every post office in the country. The numerous problems with the … Read More

The USPS and PRC ponder the meaning of “post office”: The appeal on the Careywood Idaho CPO

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In December 2011, the Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on post office closings, and by the time it was over, the plans to close thousands of post offices had been abandoned.  The Postal Regulatory Commission had already dealt with over 200 appeals during the previous two years, and it was expecting an avalanche.  Instead, there was just a handful of … Read More

Community post office in Careywood ID to close

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The Postal Service is closing the community post office in Careywood, Idaho.  It's a contract postal unit, so there's no requirement to go through a regular discontinuance process, and the Postal Service won't need to reveal any financial data.  But most likely, the post office costs the Postal Service very little to operate, and the savings will be minimal.  But … Read More

Contract post office in Kingman AZ to close after 35 years

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At the end of the year, the Postal Service is going to close the contract post office (aka, Contract Postal Unit, or CPU) in downtown Kingman, Arizona.  It's been run by the same family for 35 years.  The Postal Service says it will replace the post office with a new contract postal unit that will only sell stamps, envelopes and boxes … Read More

Next in postal privatization: Goin Postal counters in 2,000 Walmarts

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The Goin Postal pack-and-ship company has signed a deal to put small postal stores inside of 2,000 Walmarts.  While the Postmaster General will probably say it's all about customer convenience, the deal represents yet another step in the privatization of the Postal Service.  These postal stores, it should be noted, aren’t exactly the same as the mini-post offices that the … Read More

Alternatives to the Post Office: Expanded Access in FY 2013

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The APWU is currently sending delegations to Staples stores in their communities to meet with store managers to protest the postal counters that have been installed at 82 stores, with plans for more.  After the visits, the APWU plans to organize a day of action at Staples stores around the country, followed by sustained actions at a number of stores … Read More

Staplizing the Post Office: A dozen reasons to just say no

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Back in November, the Postal Service quietly announced that it was setting up postal counters in a couple of Staples stores in San Jose and South San Francisco.  The website Going Postal broke the Staples story a few days later with its report about a pilot program that included 82 Staples stores in areas around San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and west of Boston. … Read More

UC Santa Cruz loses its post office

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The Postal Service made UC Santa Cruz an offer it couldn’t accept, and as a result the university post office, which has been in operation as a contract postal unit for decades, will be closing this week.  “The Postal Service, as was their right, approached us about new terms with the contract. Essentially the terms were unacceptable to the campus,” … Read More

PRC remands decision to close Fernandina Beach post office

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has issued an order remanding the final determination to close the historic Fernandina Beach post office on Amelia Island, Florida.  Presumably that will hold up the sale of the building as well.  There’s some background on the sale here.  The Postal Service filed a Motion to Dismiss the appeal based on the view that the post office was part … Read More

Postal Service Counters Replace UPS Services at 82 Staples Locations

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Going Postal has the scoop on the Postal Service's new initiative to put post offices inside of Staples.  "A new partnership between USPS and Staples Inc. offers a promising opportunity for the Postal Service to expand access to its services. A recently announced pilot program, the first such agreement under what USPS terms its Retail Partner Expansion Program, calls for the … Read More