US Postal Service plans to close 3,653 post offices.......

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US Postal Service plans to close 3,653 post offices.......
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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 12:14pm

They've been talking about this for several years...... Just do it.

Hardly anyone writes letters any longer & most do their banking online.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/us-postal-service-plans-to-close-3653-post-offices-heres-a-list/10643

Exactly 236 years ago yesterday, on July 26, 1775, a guy by the name of Benjamin Franklin opened a post office at what is now 316 Market Street, in Philadelphia. At the time, the newly opened post office didn’t fly an American flag, because America wasn’t yet a country.

Ben was a smart old goat. The post office he established operated in the same building as his old house.

Fast forward now exactly 236 years. Ben’s old post office is still operating. It’s the only one in America that doesn’t fly an American flag, to honor the fact that Franklin started it before America became a nation.

Unfortunately, in a very strange twist of fate, exactly 236 years to the day of Franklin’s founding of his post office, the operators of the Franklin branch, along with the postmasters of 3,653 other post offices throughout the nation, were informed that their branches are likely to be shut down.

While it seems short-sighted, completely unromantic, and slightly disrespectful to lump the Franklin Post Office in with all the others, the fact remains that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money. Many of the small branches that the USPS wants to shut down have an annual revenue of less than $27,500 with annual expenses usually in the $100,000 range.

The closings are expected to cost between 4,000 and 4,500 postal employees their jobs.

The world has changed since Franklin’s day. Back then, the postal service was a unique, reliable, cost effective way to get letters and packages transported reliably. The Postal Service’s package business (the one genuinely profitable portion of its operation) has been eaten into by the likes of UPS and Fedex, as well as by rising gasoline prices.

Although the post office is reputed to lose money with each standard letter sent, millions of people today now communicate in 140 character tweets or use Facebook to post status updates.

It’s deeply ironic, then, that the Post Office is previewing some of its new stamp designs on its Facebook stamps page. So far Kimberly, Judi, Maria, and three others like the stamp designs. Hey, at least six people like the designs, right? That’s something, anyway.

Offices being considered for closure.

All Affected States

http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm

 


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Registered: 03-09-2001

Makes me wonder, also, just how long it will be, before they stop delivering 6 days/week? :O


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 03-18-2000
90%, or more, of the mail I receive goes straight into the recycling bin. Seems redundant.

 


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Registered: 03-03-2009

Here's the problem. Many of those rural areas where the USPS is talking about shuttering postal facilities, are also areas where internet access and cell phone service is either not available; or where it is dicey in speed. The post office is therefore, the only game in town.

I think that they should ditch bulk mail special rates. I do not see how it helped their bottom line in the long run. After all, the stuff still has to be sorted, transported and delivered.

What they might be able to do is consider offering online services for communication and gear their software for those who don't easily use computers or "smart" technologies. It could cut down on the cost of spending money for fuel, vehicles, sorting facilities, etc. Should have done it years ago, may already be too late.

Edited to add:

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-09-2001

ITA! All very good points. Especially the security online. Heck, we can't even get our "real" cancelled checks back, and there are some bills I pay that charge *EXTRA* to pay online, if you can believe that! :| I've had inane explanations from banks, that when the *WRONG* check # was assigned in the monthly statement, that they can't correct what their scanner screwed up scanning into their computers! :O That it's up to *ME* to make a record of the "new" check #. Since when did they turn of their brains off and accept whatever a damn computer puts there?! :smileymad: So, even if you still insist on paying by check, of receiving bills in the mail and paying them individually every month, paying postage, or online, your records are not "hard copy" and only available through their computer system, no matter what you do. So, when computers are left to run without human intervention and checking for accuracy, we have problems. Acerbated of course, with hackers and lowlife criminals thieving us on top of that.


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 06-07-2011

Too bad they don't consider raising the price for delivering junk mail.

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Registered: 03-18-2000

Maybe because I use a smaller local bank I get terrific service. With direct deposit we get free chequing. My statements received electronically. When I write cheques, which is rare I mostly use debit, I can see them online. Bills I pay electronically or if they send a cheque it's free.

I have never had one problem. I do change my password every six months or so.

 


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Registered: 03-18-2000
ITA. It's such a waste in so many ways.

 


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Registered: 03-18-2000

"I grant you that theft of confidential information from a mail box is also a possibility unless one gets a drop-and-unlock mail box."

Go paperless for safer banking

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Banking/BetterBanking/GoPaperLessForSaferBanking.aspx


 


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Registered: 04-07-2002
My mom had her bank account 'stolen' when a thief grabbed her checking account statement out of her mailbox - that was about 10 yrs. ago. She used to have her checks returned but after that, she changed to statement only. When she went into the care facility, I changed everything over to paperless. It was much safer.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 04-07-2002
They closed down 3 post offices in downtown Seattle. These were ones that were in large skyscrapers & processed the mail that came from businesses, etc. It will mean more work for the main post office but I'm sure it was a significant reduction in expenses. They also closed down one in an area just south of downtown...but that area can be easily serviced from other post offices.

 nwtreehugger  

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