In an effort to streamline operations, the U.S. Postal Service will conduct a series of public meetings in Phillips County communities in early December. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss a proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are being provided small rural communities.

 

In an effort to streamline operations, the U.S. Postal Service will conduct a series of public meetings in Phillips County communities in early December. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss a proposal to make possible changes in the way postal services are being provided small rural communities.
The first session will take place this Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Seed & Supply in Poplar Grove.  A second meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Baptist Church at 81 Phillips 654 Road at Turner. The Wabash Fire Department will be the setting for the third session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.
Customers will have an opportunity to meet with a Postal Service representative to hear alternative plans.
According to the U.S. Postal Service, a review of business activities at these three Phillips County post offices has declined significantly. The reduced workload suggests an independent post office at these locations may no longer be needed.
A large volume of postal business has gone online, moved to smart phones or several shopping destinations.
On July 26, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it would begin “right-sizing” its large retail network by conducting onsite studies at the more than 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs.
“Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery, drug, and office supply stores as well as retail chains, self service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” stated Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their business.”
The Village Post Office appears to be a viable replacement option. Pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers would operate the Village Post Offices. They would offer popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.
“The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive,” stated Donahoe.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies solely on the sale of postage-related products to fund its operation.