|Post office notes delivery changes|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
To help save on costs and efficiency and follow what many other post offices are doing throughout the country, Holyoke Post Office is re-adjusting its city letter carrier mail delivery routes.
The route changes or adjustments, which pertain to ZIP Code areas 80734, have been effective since Aug. 15.
The route adjustments are being done because of declining mail volumes nationwide due to the poor economy, in addition to higher fuel and other postal costs. So far this year through the end of June 2009, national mail volume has declined by 15 percent. Locally, the Holyoke Post Office’s mail volume was down 14 percent for the first three quarters of this year, compared to last year.
The Postal Service relies on mail volume and postage, and the sales of its stamps and services for its operating revenue. The Postal Service does not receive any tax dollars to support its operations.
“Postal customers in Holyoke will continue to receive regular mail delivery, but your mail may be delivered at a different time, or possibly by a different letter carrier,” said Officer In Charge Connie Troutman.
“Our Post Office will be delivering to the same geographic area, but we are consolidating and economizing some of the routes,” Troutman added. “We expect to see savings in fuel costs, vehicle maintenance, work hours, budget and efficiency by implementing these changes, while also helping the environment by using less fuel and vehicle usage.”
“While we will try to minimize any customer inconvenience, it is inevitable that some customers and addresses will have their mail delivered at a different time than what they are used to. Our letter carriers, as always, will try to deliver your mail as early as possible.”
For those who need early mail delivery, the Holyoke Post Office offers post office boxes for rent.
Faced with declining mail volume and revenue due to the poor economy, along with other higher costs, the Postal Service is facing a potential $6.5 billion or more operating budget deficit this year.
“The Postal Service needs to be highly efficient and to save on our cost nationwide. These route changes will streamline our Post Office operation,” said Troutman.