USPS Expands to 100,000 Locations

USPS Press release:

WASHINGTON — With nearly 100,000 places to buy stamps, ship a package or renew a passport, the U.S. Postal Service is expanding customer access to its products and services. It’s not about brick-and- mortar Post Offices anymore, as postal products move online and into retail outlets, grocery stores, office supply chains and pharmacies.

Responding to changing customer needs and a business plan that calls for expanding access to Postal Service products, stores including Costco and Office Depot are offering shipping and mailing services.

According to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postal Service is changing for the better.

“We’re teaming up with hundreds of new stores so customers can do postal business at places where they already shop,” Donahoe said. “Americans have more to do and less time to do it. We know simpler is better – online, on your mobile device, on your way, with an expertise that you can count on.”

Customers can find dozens of locations to purchase postal services within their neighborhoods by visiting an interactive map at www.uspseverywhere.com and typing in a ZIP Code. Using a simple icon guide designating stamps, shipping and packaging, PO Boxes and other services, customers can easily navigate to retail outlets, grocery stores, Automated Postal Center (APC) kiosks and Post Offices, among other options.

With Post Office hours usually ending by 5 p.m. or earlier, customers can send a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and buy Forever stamps as long as the alternate sites are open – often as late as 9 p.m. Some sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We’re creating easier, more convenient access to products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere.”

There are about 32,000 Post Office locations around the country that sell Postal Service products and services. There are more than 50,000 other locations selling postage stamps alone – the top product sold at Post Offices. With the additional shipping provider locations added in, customers have about 100,000 locations and ways to do business with the Postal Service.

Nearly 35 percent of the Postal Service retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as Costco, Office Depot, grocery stores, drug stores, APCs, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7.

via USPS News Release: U.S. Postal Service Expands to 100,000 Locations.

  • Bob

    Sure, “customers can send a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and buy Forever stamps as long as the alternate sites are open”. What the PMG isn’t telling you is that your flat rate box isn’t going anywhere until the next day. When the Post office opens and comes to pick it up.
    Also, I know someone that went to Office Depot to mail out an international package. They told her how much it cost but for some reason they were not able to mail it for her. When she took it to the Post Office to mail it, she found out the real price was $25.00 LESS than she was told at Office Depot.
    I guess thats the price you pay for dealing with poorly trained and inexperienced people at these “alternate sites”. They should stick with copy paper and pens.

  • mister mailman

    that’s a bunch of bullcrap!!! you can’t even purchase stamps at carrier stations because they are not a retail store, they are a carrier station!! Donahue don’t tell me it’s cuz of customer service, tell the truth and let everyone know it’s because you don’t want craft employees doing the work. Contract stations with high rate of employee turn over and improper training are not the answer to the postal future Mr. Donahue!!

  • kurt

    hey, whatever youdo, don`t tell rep.daniel ross,fla., about this or he will think labor costs will have left the planet.100,000 more locations times who knows how many union workers,,,,i see a bailout….

  • Bob

    I know someone that went to Office Depot to mail out an international package. They told her how much it cost but for some reason they were not able to mail it for her. When she took it to the Post Office to mail it, she found out the real price was $25.00 LESS than she was told at Office Depot.
    I guess thats the price you pay for dealing with poorly trained and inexperienced people that probably don’t care, at these “alternate sites”. There is no substitute for going into a Post Office and dealing with experienced, trained, and friendly staff.

  • Bob

    There is no substitute for going into a Post Office and dealing with experienced, trained, and friendly staff.