As the amount of postal business conducted online continues to increase, the postal service is looking for ways to cut costs.
One cost-cutting measure is a study of approximately 3,700 postal branches nationwide to determine customer needs. According to a list released Tuesday, the branch and postal store are on the list.
“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a release. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”
The release did not state that any post offices were closing but called the study the next step in right-sizing the postal service's retail network.
Also included on the study list was the East Falls branch.
The postal service, the release continued, recently introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option for communities without a post office or those affected by retail optimization efforts.
Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.
“By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe stated in the release. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.”
The release did not state how long the study would be or possible outcomes but seemed to hint that changes could be in store.
“The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value."
Click here for a full list of locations being studied.
Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.