In an effort to cut costs, the U.S. Postal Service is considering shutting down roughly 3,700 offices throughout the country.
The agency, which reportedly lost $8 billion last year, on Tuesday announced plans to launch a review of a number of California post offices for possible closure. Most of the locations under consideration are in rural areas, but the is not being considered.
In a statement issued by the USPS on Tuesday, the agency said:
" ... we are taking the next step in right-sizing our retail network by studying approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this study, we are introducing a retail-replacement option — Village Post Offices — as an option for affected communities.
Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services such as stamps and flat-rate packaging."
Click here to view a list of the locations under study nationwide.
For the past several years, the post office has continued to struggle with the declining use of first-class mail as a result of the ever-growing dependence on the Internet to communicate and pay bills. Businesses also have been less inclined to send advertising mail because of the recession, according to reports.
The cash-strapped agency has made significant reductions to its staff and costs in recent years. It also has proposed shifting to mail delivery five days a week.
The post office operates more than 31,000 local offices, branches and stations throughout the country — down from 38,000 a decade ago.