US Postal Service District Manager Rick Pivovar was at the Manhattan Fire Department on 2000 Denison to try to put out some fires of his own. Pivovar laid out the current financial troubles of the US Postal service, and said that if things don’t change then the US Postal service will be insolvent by next month.
Pivovar said that a number things have contributed to the problem. Heavy reduction in volume from first class mail, and overpayment into retiree health costs to name a few.
Pivovar says that the news about shutting down Rural post offices is also true. Pivovar and other district managers across the nation are looking at consolidating postal operations to improve efficiencies across the board to make up for lost profits.
Another program Pivovar brought forward as an idea to mitigate the loss of these post offices is the concept of the “Village Post Office”. The idea is that local businesses incorporate a US postal services into their stores to sell stamps and items like flat rate boxes to consumers.
Not all was doom or gloom, and Pivovar wanted to make sure people knew that the US Postal service is going to be here in the future but he says “something has to change” in the way it operates to make it a viable player in the world of mail delivery.