A letter to customers on the USPS website indicates that more changes are coming to the USPS in January. Considered a continued rationalization of the network, the USPS plans to close approximately 82 facilities next year. 141 processing facilities were closed between 2012 and 2013.
“We believe strongly that this phase of network rationalization will establish the low-cost, technology-centric delivery platform necessary to serve the mailing and shipping industry for decades to come,” the letter states.
The letter also states that post offices closed between 2012 and 2013 were reported to save the organization $865 million annually and “required no employee layoffs.” The additional closures starting in January are expected to save an additional $750 million annually and $3.5 billion in the next five years.
For customers concerned if this consolidation will affect their routes or shipping, a list of expected closures is available on the USPS website. In a FAQ available online, the USPS adds that “the consolidation will not impact the delivery process.”
15,000 USPS employees will be impacted by the consolidation. A six month notice will be provided to customers impacted by the closures. The FAQ also indicated how specific closures were chosen.
“Criteria include expected savings, service, transportation and logistics networks, and capacity within the processing plant, amount of required capacity (mail volumes), using the least amount of equipment and maximizing capacity,” the website states.
This phase of consolidation is expected to be completed by the fall mailing season. More information is available on the USPS website.