Moving toward Privatization

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The Action Plan report discussed in the previous post was produced by the USPS with the support of three consultants — Accenture, The Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company.   McKiney did the survey on consumer attitude toward closing post offices that showed 80% of consumers would not be bothered if their post office closed and postal services were … Read More

Post Office Obit: The End of Brick-and-Mortar Post Offices

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The Postal Service has begun the process of closing 2,000 post offices, and it has its eye on “discontinuing” and “consolidating” as many as half of its 32,000 offices because they’re operating in the red.  Don’t think it won’t happen.  The Postal Service has already started moving into alternative “retail outlets,” and it’s been boasting that that there are now … Read More

Trying to stay calm and collected in Plover

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Plover, Iowa, sits in Powhattan Township, which was first settled in 1864. The township name honors the father of Pocahontas.  Plover got its first post office in the early 1870s.  A meeting is set for June 8 to talk with a USPS representative about closing the post office.  As reported in The Messenger, one town resident is fighting to keep … Read More

People are pretty upset in Freedom, WY

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Freedom is a small hamlet in Wyoming, population 214.  It sits on the stateline with Idaho, and, according to Wikipedia, "the community was settled as a border town by Mormon polygamists in order to escape arrest for polygamy: they could be free from Idaho police simply by walking into Wyoming. The community was named for the freedom it gave these … Read More

Sorting through the Closings

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The past week has seen many more closing announcements.  Here are a few of the stories in the news: KWTX TV reports that more than 70 residents of the town of Leroy, Texas, turned out for a meeting to support their post office.  They signed petitions and were encouraged to write letters to their lawmakers.  “If the post office closes, … Read More

Manufacturing Emergency: Stories of Post Office Suspensions

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It can take months for the USPS to go through the bureaucratic process of closing a post office, but under the law’s provision for an “emergency suspension,” the USPS can shutter a post office in as little as 24 hours.  According to the Postal Operations Manual (download pdf), these suspensions are supposed to be temporary closings for unusual circumstances—a natural … Read More