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Network Rationalization

The Postal Service is responsible for maintaining an efficient mail processing and transportation network. The pace of change affecting the Postal Service has accelerated due to the ubiquity of computer-based communications, both for business and personal use. Stamped letter mail volume has been declining for a decade and will continue to decline.

These factors, along with efficiencies brought about by investment in automation, have created various ranges of excess capacity at the local level in our mail processing facilities and transportation network. To ensure that the Postal Service continues to deliver on its universal service commitment, our processing network has to be efficient, affordable, and flexible. To accomplish this, we have to successfully adjust our network locally to match our resources with a declining mail volume.

The Postal Service moved ahead in 2015 with the next phase of its plan to consolidate up to 82 of its mail processing facilities. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Featured Resources

  • Fact Sheets 01/02/2015

    Network Rationalization Consolidations

    This document provides de-activated mail processing plant information along with the corresponding activated site details in effect for the 2015 Network Consolidation effort. 

  • Fact Sheets 01/01/2015

    Key Facts on Network Rationalization

    This short article highlights key points of the future of network consolidation as USPS adapts to meet the changing needs of the American public.

  • Fact Sheets 03/23/2015

    USPSĀ® Delivery Standards and Statistics Fact Sheet

    This short article discusses the past performance and volume trends of First-Class and Standard Mail.

  • Fact Sheets 06/30/2014

    Letter to Customers

    The United States Postal Service is planning to resume the rationalization of our network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012. This short message provides a high level overview of why and how.

  • FAQs 01/12/2015

    Network Rationalization: FAQ

    This document outlines frequently asked questions for Phase2 of Network Rationalization.

  • Presentations 11/25/2014

    Network Rationalization Phase 2 Overview

    This presentation highlights actions of Phase 2 Network Rationalization.


For questions regarding Network Rationalization, contact Marty Bender at or call (850)-994-9210.