USPS Releases List of Mail Processing Facility Closings and Consolidations
February 23, 2012 — As part of its plan to reduce costs by $20 billion, the Postal Service (USPS) released on Thursday its decisions on closing and consolidating mail processing facilities. There will be no actions taken until May 15, the end date of the moratorium agreement between the Postmaster General and the Congress. Moreover, the closing and consolidations are contingent upon revisions to the next day delivery standards for First-Class Mail which is before the Postal Regulatory Commission for an Advisory Opinion and then will be before the USPS Board of Governors.
USPS announced that there will be no changes in retail operations or mail acceptance units as a result of these closings and consolidations. If a business mail acceptance unit must be relocated within the community, mailers will be given 120 days-notice of the move. USPS announcement stated,
“Our commitment to you is:
· No immediate changes to business acceptance locations or hours of operation
· Deliberate timing of operational moves to limit customer impact
· Continuation of Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) discounts at affected Bulk Mail Entry Units (BMEUs).
· Expanded Drop Shipment Appointments will be available
· Continual communications”
In addition, USPS stated that there will be no closings or consolidations during both the fall mailing season and the election mailing season. Any action by USPS will not affect presort or drop ship discounts.
DMA is pleased by this USPS action and encourages USPS to implement these plans as quickly as possible without disrupting mail service. Mailers cannot afford to pay for excess capacity at USPS. Without right-sizing the US Mail will no longer be an affordable commercial communications channel.
For more information contact Jerry Cerasale at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Gleiman at email@example.com.
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