There's a lot of postal news out there right now, and it's going to get even crazier next week when the Postal Service releases a list of some 3,500 post offices that will be (or are being) studied for closure. Expect thousands of articles, in every local newspaper and online news source that covers a town with a post office on the list, as well as many articles in the national news—finally. Here are a few articles from the last couple of days that are worth a look to get a sense of where things stand:
"Postal Service to consider closing thousands of new post offices," by Lisa Rein and Joe Davidson. Washington Post. July 21, 2011
"Many Seek to Revamp Post Office," by Sean Collins Walsh. New York Times, July 21, 2011
"USPS to mount nationwide review of post office network." (Based on an interview with the PRC's Ruth Goldway) Post & Parcel, July 20, 2011.
And just another note: In a blog post last week on "Leveraging the Post Office"—about a proposal to use post offices as collateral for a loan to the Postal Service—I mentioned that the Postal Service had hired a real estate company to help "downsize" its real estate portfolio. Postal News Blog has more, here.
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