The U.S. Post Office, looking for a less costly office model, has suggested convenience stores as a possible new unit office as it looks for ways to cut costs and downsize its national operations.
On July 26, the USPS released a list of 3,653 mostly small-town post offices that will be studied for possible closure. In doing so, the postal service also described a "new strategy to hire local business to offer mailing services."
The agency hopes to begin opening as many as 2,500 village post offices by the fall, where the USPS would contract with small businesses in towns that are losing a post office.
Jeff Lenard, vice president of communications for NACS, said, "The convenience of convenience stores, in terms of locations and hours of operations, has already made stores the place for post office operations. Last year, NACS' Ideas 2 Go visited a Mac's in Calgary with postal service. The year before, we visited a City Stop in Las Vegas with a post office. Convenience stores can be a perfect partner for a number of one-stop convenience shopping outlets, whether post offices, dry cleaners, QSRs, you name it."x