Postal Service To Close Frederick Plant In January

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it will close its Frederick mail-processing center in January.

The Frederick News-Post reports that workers were told Wednesday the Frederick operations will be moved to Baltimore along with some of the 187 affected workers. Other workers will be reassigned to jobs in the region.

The Postal Service says the move will save it $4.2 million a year.

The service said in February it was considering closing the processing center because of declining revenue.

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  • ang

    It’s no surprise, my local post office treats everyone like dirt. They rush you. I have even had a postal worker come out from behind the desk into the lobby to take my package right from my hands and finish wrapping it because they were trying to close ten minutes early. I would rather use other services.

  • Say Goodbye to USPS

    One has to consider the reasons that the USPS is failing. The use of email, internet transactions and purchases, electronic storage of data, and online access to banking information have all decreased the need for “physical mail delivery”. Add to this, the dramatic speed of delivery offered by competitors, such as Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, ect., and it is clear that a large portion of the remaining “market” for package delivery has been taken over. These competitors accel, due to “speed”; a comodity not offered by the USPS. As aresult, the USPS competes only upon the merits of “low costs”, which is a self-defeating prospect in todays world where business is willing to invest in faster service.

    If anything, (and I hardly hold confidence in their ability to do so) the USPS should use available funds to revamp their system, which would decrease delivery times and perhaps allow them to compete “long term” in today’s market. As with any private business, this would also include down-sizing to cut expenses and trim waste from the bottom line.

    In the end, however, (and I am no gambler) my bet is that the retirement funds will be “scavanged” to pay wages for postal workers for the present, and that the USPS will fade into the distance in a few years. Very sad, of course.

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