To Staples goes the spoils - Postal Service Privatization
The U.S. Postal Service is moving into Staples stores in another effort aimed at boosting business through partnerships with retail giants.
The new centers will be operated by outside employees, offering most postal products including stamps, mail services and package delivery.
USPS will be the exclusive mailing and shipping option at those Staples locations.
Earlier this month, the agency announced it would deliver packages on Sundays for Amazon, one of the world’s largest online retailers.
The agreement with Staples is part of the USPS’s “retail partner expansion program.” The first openings will take place in just five regions: San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Worchester, Mass., where the company is headquartered, according to Going Postal.
19 years ago when I moved to Atlanta, there was a Post office inside Eckerd's which was near my house and made buying stamps and mailing packages more convenient. When I saw the USPS in Staples, I thought it was a good thing. The only thing I'm not clear about is if the people working at Staples are doing postal work but being paid less and with no benefits.