More than 100 Nebraska post offices could close as the United States Postal Service tries to stem a flow of red ink.
The Postal Service today released a list of 3,700 post offices across the country that could be closed. The list includes 90 post offices in Nebraska. The Postal Service had released a list of 21 Nebraska post offices a couple of months ago, bringing the total post offices in the state that could close to 111. Nearly all of the post offices targeted are located in rural Nebraska.
A regional spokesman for the Postal Service, Brian Sperry, explains that the Postal Service must consider closing post offices after losing $8.5 billion last year. Mail volume has dropped by 43 billion pieces, a 20% decline as Americans switch to email and online bill paying. The Postal Services is projected to lose another $8 billion this year.
Sperry calls a decision to close any post office a tough step to take.
“Certainly, the Postal Service is in a dire financial situation,” says Sperry, “and, given the fact that it is losing billions of dollars, it has to make some very hard decisions.”
Sperry says the Postal Service must take action in the face of its financial losses and he says the Nebraska post offices targeted simply don’t do much business.
“As we’re looking in these communities, we’re looking to see how often these post offices are being used and if they’re not being used then we’re not being very efficient,” Sperry says.
The Postal Service has introduced the Village Post Office as a possible replacement. Village Post Offices would be operated by a third party, such as a grocery store, a local business or a pharmacy. Such offices would offer the most popular Postal Service products and services.
For a list of the latest Nebraska post offices that could be closed click here.