As mail volume declines, Post Offices are looking for a way to remain viable.

More than 3,200 post offices and retail outlets out of a total of 34,000 will be reviewed for possible closure or consolidation during the next three months.

The United States Postal Service is burdened by a multibillion-dollar deficit and may have to reduce the number of its operations and post offices across the country. Each year, hundreds of postal operations worry, but this coming fall could be the single biggest consolidation in Postal Service history.

Downsizing is a business imperative, says Linda Welch, acting vice president of delivery and post office operations at the Postal Service. “Revenues have declined, and mail volume continues to decline,” she says.

Not only has the recession contributed to a pullback in direct  mail  marketing advertising, but the utilization of e-mail and electronic bill paying has lessened the flow of mail as well which in turn has hurt the Postal Service.

In March, Postmaster General John Potter asked Congress for the right to reduce the mail week from six days to five, for a savings of $3.5 billion. Shutting down post offices will have similar cost-saving effects. And most Americans say they’re OK with the cutbacks, as long as they don’t have to pay more to send mail. A recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that more Americans would rather the Postal Service curtail services than seek a bailout or raise stamp prices.

Most people say they understand unless it happens to be their post office.

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