The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples

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The Postal Service has rather quietly announced a pilot program to put post offices inside of Staples.  It’s part of what the USPS is calling the Retail Partner Expansion Program, and the first Staples to host a post office will be located in San Francisco and San Jose. According to an article in the Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, which was apparently based on … Read More

Viburnum post office closes, nearest PO is 25 miles

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The post office in Viburnum, Missouri, closed over the weekend.  A notice on the post office door offers no details about why.  The office is a contract postal unit, so the Postal Service doesn’t have to say much about what happened, and it doesn’t have to go through a public discontinuance procedure. But according to the editor of the local … Read More

Contract post office as Southern Illinois U to close

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The Postal Service will be closing the contract postal unit that was operating on campus at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. According to postal officials, the SIUE post office just wasn’t bringing in enough revenue. Starting in the spring semester, students will have to go to the post offices in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon to do postal business, like receiving … Read More

The Postal Service shares some lists: Closures, Suspensions, VPOs, CPUs, and Retail Channels

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Yesterday the Postal Service provided the Postal Regulatory Commission with some lists and other material for the annual compliance report.  They include the post offices that were closed and suspended during fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012), as well as information about retail revenue sources and Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Village Post Offices (VPOs). You … Read More

Contract post offices, closing faster than they open

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Contract post offices look like a cheap and easy way for the Postal Service to outsource its retail postal business.  Just put the post office in a private business or community center, and don’t worry about paying rent or postal employees.  There’s still a post office in town, the Postal Service has met its universal service obligation, and a lot … Read More