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Postal service taking steps to increase efficiency

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Area collection boxes to be removed

The decline in mail volume, as a result of the faltering economy, is having a significant impact on the United States Postal Service.

Cost-saving steps being implemented include the removal of under-utilized blue collection mailboxes.

To determine which boxes to remove, the Postal Service conducts density tests.

If the test indicates customers deposit less than 25 pieces of mail per day, the box is retired from service.

A sign is then posted on the box two weeks prior to removal to notify customers of the pending changes.

The sign also directs customers to the nearest collection box and provides a phone number to call for additional information.

In Brazil, the following mailboxes are scheduled for removal:

* 203 E. National (in front of City Hall),

* 33 W. National (in front of Remax), and

* 1035 W. SR 42 (in front of truck stop at I-70).

"Removing these under-utilized collection mailboxes reduces fuel costs, wear-and-tear on our vehicles and improves operational efficiency," Postal Service spokesperson for the Greater Indiana District Kim Yates said. "This helps us provide better service and reduce operating costs.

Removing boxes that aren't being used simply makes good business sense."

According to Yates, to meet the challenge of declining mail volume, it is important that the United States Postal Service takes action to realign its resources to achieve long-term financial success.

Anything less, according to Yates, would threaten its ability to accomplish the mission of providing universal postal service to the nation at affordable prices.

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Is the United States Postal Service definition of "efficiency" having me mail a letter from Brazil, addressed to someone else in Brazil, then the post office picking up my letter in a Brazil mailbox, sending my letter to Terre Haute, stamping it there, then sending it back to Brazil to be delivered in Brazil?

That's efficiency!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Feb 9, 2009, at 1:11 PM

Is there a GMF (General Mail Facility) where mail is sorted at in Brazil, Indiana? How far is Terre Haute from Brazil?

-- Posted by dave36 on Mon, Feb 9, 2009, at 9:18 PM


About 16 miles.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 7:40 AM

Thoughtful ~

I've always wondered about that situation,too, recently we have gone through several situations in our family where mail was not received either here in Brazil or somewhere in Indiana ~ maybe the entire system needs overhauled ~ that would possibly establish efficiency ~ !!

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Feb 11, 2009, at 8:08 AM

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