Village Post Offices, part 2: More debut, more questions too

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In a previous post, “It takes a Village Post Office, but for what?” we questioned the financial rationale for VPOs and asked why many of them were now being placed in densely populated areas.  Now there’s more reason to pose such questions. A couple of days ago, an article in The Press Democrat touted the “debut” of some new Village Post … Read More

It takes a Village Post Office, but for what?

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Almost every day over the past year, there’s been a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new Village Post Office.  There are hundreds of stories in local newspapers about these grand openings.  The Postal Service clearly thinks that Village Post Offices play an important role in its vision of the future.  But it’s not exactly clear what function … 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

The New York Times Editorial: How many things can you get wrong in 300 words?

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The New York Times welcomes the holiday season with a 300-word editorial entitled “Overhauling the Post Office for the 21ST Century.”  The piece gets so many things wrong that it would be laughable if it weren’t so maddening.  It’s really the Times’ editorial staff that ought to overhauled.   On five-day delivery First, the Times calls the request from management to … Read More

Rolling Out Red’s: Meet your first Village Post Office

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The Postal Service is rolling out its inaugural “Village Post Office” this week, and it's the cutest little place you ever saw.  It’s called “Red’s Hop N’ Market,” and it’s located in the small town of Malone, Washington, pop. 473. The Postal Service closed Malone’s post office on August 9, and it opened the Village Post Office (VPO) in Red’s … Read More