Sue Brennan

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

When I worked for DMA, one of the main talking points its leadership reminded us of was how important direct mail was for preserving the USPS for Americans. It appears as though that talking point may have had some basis in reality. While the First-Class mail letter volume continues to fall, commercial First-Class mail volumes are slightly increasing. In other words, direct mailers are helping buoy USPS, says the Office of Inspector General.

In the neighborhoods of tomorrow, door-to-door mail delivery will be a thing of the past. If U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) gets his way, door-to-door delivery will be gone within a decade for 15 million addresses. Issa estimates $2 billion in savings from the bill approved on Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which the congressman heads. USPS spokeswoman Sue Brennan, commenting only on USPS policy, told Target Marketing cluster boxes specifically for new homes are old news.

If you're moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door. And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away. The U.S. Postal Service is marching towards a more "centralized delivery," where residents pick up their own mail from clusters of mail boxes located in their neighborhood. Local postmasters are sending hundreds of letters to fast-growing communities, warning that cluster boxes will be the way mail will be delivered to new developments. In the past year, the cash-strapped Postal Service has been asking

The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to change the hours of operation at 13,000 local post offices nationwide is set to launch next week, according to USPS officials. The agency’s Post Office Structure Plan—also known as POStPlan—was first unveiled in May. It potentially limits retail window hours of operation at some post offices to two, four or six hours per weekday. Residents in some of the affected communities will begin receiving surveys next week from their postal service district offices with details about forthcoming community meetings, kicking off a two-year process in which the agency will reduce hours of operations and

The U.S. Postal Service, which predicts an annual loss of $18.2 billion by 2015, plans to eliminate 5.4 percent of its workforce by closing almost half its mail-processing facilities to decrease costs. The service plans to shut 223 of its 461 mail-processing plants by February 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a telephone interview today. The closings will cut about 35,000 jobs, said David Partenheimer, a spokesman.

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