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The Impact of USPS Mail Processing Center Closures

The US Postal Service wants to resume consolidation of its operations. This is worrying to online sellers and other mailers, and now comes data on how many jobs might be lost as a result of plant closures.

The USPS plans to close an additional 82 facilities next year when it resumes Phase 2 of its consolidation of mail processing centers. Phase 1 saw the closure of 141 mail processing facilities in 2012 – 2013.

A publication called Government Executive analyzed the plans and estimated that 7,320 jobs will be lost in Phase 2. That is a net figure, taking into account those workers who are relocated to existing plants.

“The average plant will lose about 92 positions. The Queens Packaging and Distribution Center will shed 636 positions, the most of any facility,” according to the publication. It also reports on legislative efforts to delay the closure of any postal plants by one year.

Want to get into the specifics of the closures and job losses? The publication created a map showing the location of the centers slated to be closed and how many net job losses the USPS predicts for each facility. You can see the map on the GovExec.com website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.