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Postal Service Targets 3,600 Offices For Closure.

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Posted 07/26/2011   10:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add 1775mac to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

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Postmaster to release list, propose shifting some functions to local stores


Soon we will go the way that Canada has with 7/11 shops. Just knew this would be coming. Full story is here. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4388790...us_business/
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Posted 07/26/2011   12:06 pm  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My postmaster today told me that our local post office at Hoosick, NY is safe, but the North Hoosick, NY post office is under review. It's sad as it's a nice little post office and the smallest in the state. They have a good selection of stamps. It's the big post office in Hoosick Falls, NY that really needs to be under review. It's only open for seven hours a day and closed between 11am and 1pm. They also lack many of the different stamp values. I only go there to pick up registered mail. If I find out any are closing in my area I might go ahead and make some last day of service covers.

As for placing postal services within a retail store, will it be run by a postal employee who has undergone training and background checks or someone with little training and a possible questionable background? I've only seen this at a Rite-Aid in Lexington, KY and it was managed by an actual postal employee. I don't know if I would trust my mail to someone not from the USPS.
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Posted 07/26/2011   12:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's the USPS organizational chart of these so-called "Village Post Offices":

http://about.usps.com/news/electron...ographic.pdf
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Posted 07/26/2011   12:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add warrehouse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well the nearest PO to my home is on the chopping block as is you of the oldest continuously operating PO's in Minnesota, Mendota!
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Posted 07/26/2011   9:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Do I smell a huge recession in the US?
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Posted 07/26/2011   9:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod, thats one possibility....well soon I can be like my friend David in Canada that gets his philatelic items at the 7-11...i will have a roast beef and swiss wrap and what kind of stamps do you ha ve ???
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Posted 07/26/2011   11:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What's all this about 7-11 stores in Canada. We have them but I do know of any Post Offices being located in them, around here at least.

The Post Offices I know about here in Halifax / Dartmouth twin cities are two corporate Post Offices in each city across the harbour from each other (total population about 300,000 approximately) and a bunch of smaller associate Post Offices located in nice drug stores (pharmacies / chemists).

These associate postal stores are in a corner of the main drug store and do a better job of selling every stamp going as they are there to profit from selling, not just have a good paying job and pass the buck on to some specially trained person in a specialized Post Office called a Philatelic Centre or some such.

Some of the employees are better trained, to my thinking, than some of the ones in the corporate offices. More friendly, more customer oriented, good at handling all aspects of sales and money and stamps available, ornery customers, nice customers (me ), and sorting and forwarding on all mails.

Some of the part-time help are not so well trained but most, if approached in a friendly manner, do try very hard to be good philatelic salespeople. There seems to be a really good, knowledgeable person as the Post Master or Mistress and then rotating younger people to cover busy periods. Only the main people are allowed into the safe.

They are all paid by the drug store, are not employees of Canada Post, but do wear Canada Post uniforms and presumably have adequate training in order to follow the laws of Canada regarding all such matters that they deal in. (You fool around with the mail here and it's a federal crime) Mail is picked up and delivered by Canada Post trucks and employees.

They are open all hours, or at least the hours that the drug stores are open and Canada Post not on strike, etc. That would be 9:00 AM til 9:00 PM around here and then on Saturdays and Sundays for a more limited time. The corporate offices / stores do not have such available hours when open.

But just because these offices are open does not mean that the mails move on the weekends or holidays. They have to wait for the official Canada Post employees to get going on Monday to Friday business days.

The employees at the corporate stores / offices do a better job I think because they are not paid so high a wage and do not have guaranteed positions and thus cannot really afford to be nasty to customers. It pays them to be friendlier and more market oriented.

I am not sure if bonuses or anything are available to anyone.

The Post Mistresses (I haven't seen many men in these positions here, hmmm) all seem to be very serious and conscientious at their jobs. When I was more of a regular shipper I had problems a few times but I had more problems with the corporate offices and finally decided to keep using the associate stores.

It usually comes down to you knowing what is supposed to happen and knowing your options before you get there and just being friendly and understanding as not everyone everywhere at all times knows what they are doing and that includes me.
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Posted 07/27/2011   05:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rohumpy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod, the smell you are getting is probably not that of a recession---just saying
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Posted 07/27/2011   05:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well then, let's hope so.
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Posted 07/27/2011   06:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rohumpy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think you missed my point. I think you are getting a whiff of the stench coming out of Washington.
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Posted 07/27/2011   06:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think I did miss your point Rohumpy,
twas on the news this evening here in Australia
the public are angry both sides cannot find common ground.
You guys/gals have a tough road ahead.
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Posted 07/27/2011   09:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Take a look at this proposed Post Office closing for the Philadelphia area. As the article says: "Don't let a little history get in the way of a balanced budget!"

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...n_in_ph.html

An interesting piece of trivia about this Ben Franklin post office that I never knew before:


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The Ben Franklin post office remains the only one in the country that doesn't fly a U.S. flag. That's because there wasn't a U.S. flag in 1775, when Franklin founded what has evolved into today's Postal Service.


Edited Post to add this image of "B. Free Franklin" Postmark from the above post office:

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Posted 07/27/2011   10:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's sad that Antes Fort's P.O. is under scrutiny. It's such a gorgeous little town nestled in the mountains of N.E. Central Pennsylvania. I grew up there. It's literally my mom's neighbor's house with a little addition on the back that serves as the Post Office.
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Posted 07/28/2011   11:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting that you mention Antes Fort PA post office. They have a pictorial postmark for August 5 commemorating its 150th anniversary, in today's usps postal bulletin. It is quite attractive.

Upon reviewing the closure list I saw that there are around 12 PO's on Route 66 with 6 of them in Illinois. I think that I am going to send a cover or postcard to each and request a handcancel to be mailed back- just in case.
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Posted 07/28/2011   11:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BTW I frequently use a po substation located in a True Value hardware store right across the street from my office. They may not have every stamp, but most are available on the first day. The clerk just hands me the canceling device to service my covers!
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Posted 07/28/2011   12:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Did anyone catch this news article about a near-ghost town for sale (Scenic, SD) for $799,000? It has a population of 8. It has a land lease on a post office that is still functioning. Fortunately (I guess) it is on the USPS's current list of locations under consideration for closing!

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/fo...4c002e0.html
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