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Retail Needs of Heights Post Office to be Studied

Retail operatons at about 3,700 locations may no longer be needed

The U.S. Postal Service is launching a study into the customer needs of approximately 3,700 retail postal offices nationwide, including the , to determine whether or not to keep the postal stores open at these locations as the growing use of its online services continues to diminish the need for physical offices.    

The USPS also announced in a statement Tuesday that while looking into the retail postal needs of these offices it will explore retail replacement options which could be used for the affected areas around the nation.

One option the USPS currently uses in areas which do not have a postal retail office is known as a Village Post Office, which is operated by local businesses such as grocery stores or pharmacies and other appropriate retailers who can offer postal products such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.

The statement did not indicate how the potential closing of retail post offices would affect postal delivery in those areas. Other retail post offices in the area being studied include the Fair Lawn River Road office, Wallington and Wood-Ridge.  

At present, the USPS maintains approximately 31,000 retail outlets nationwide, down from 38,000 a decade ago. It lost $8 billion in 2010. In addition to closing offices, the agency has sharply reduced staff over the past several years in order to save money.

The USPS reported a loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter and expects to run out of money by September, reports stated. The commission has explored several options to cut costs, including the elimination of Saturday delivery and office closures.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Mark Handelman July 26, 2011 at 06:05 PM
They want to close the offices in Heights, Wood Ridge, Carlstadt, Wallington, and East Rutherford. Understandable to close or look into closing branches that aren't profitable, but why this cluster? Why not keep one of them open? I suspect the area would be getting one or more of these aforementioned village post offices.
Alana Quartuccio July 26, 2011 at 06:11 PM
All these offices are just being studied right now so it is too premature to say that all these offices would definitely close.
Ricky July 26, 2011 at 07:00 PM
I remember as a kid making friends with others from different areas of the country during a family vacation in Florida. I also remember waiting for the mailman to deliver the letters from those friends. That pretty much sums up the new age of technology plus paying bills on-line and the decline of the first class letter.

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