Due to the rapidly rising costs of doing business, the United States Postal Service is considering the closure of approximately 3,200 local post offices. That's nearly 10% of the post offices currently in operation. According to an article from MSN Money, most of the postal locations which are being considered for closure exist in metropolitan areas.
I don't know about you, but our local post office is very valuable to our household. First off, we live on a rural carrier route, which delivers our mail with incredible consistency and efficiency. Secondly, my wife has an active hobby selling items on eBay, and our local mail carrier happily picks up her outgoing shipments with only 24 hours prior notice. Additionally, we can always find needed shipping supplies at our local post office, and it's the only place where I like to purchase money orders.
For people who appreciate their local post office as much as we appreciate ours, there is some good news in this situation. When a post office is under consideration for closure, the process is taken slowly and there is generally room for public input on the matter.
It's fairly obvious that mail service in the U.S. is slated for change. Only time will tell how noticeable that change will be, and whether or not it will cause significant hardship for anyone. Consumers might be best advised to check with their local postmaster regarding the viability of their local post office. If it has been determined that your post office is one of those under consideration for closure, I'm certain that the employees of that post office will assist you in finding the ways to keep it alive.