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Clarification given surrounding USPSĀ® changes

Rachel Wheeler

March 4, 2010

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Further clarification has been given surrounding the United States Postal Service's (USPS) proposed changes to its provisions.

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Bob Bernstock, president of the Mailing and Shipping Services division, discussed the proposed five-day delivery plan.

He explains that although no mail would be received on a Saturday, under the new plans post offices would still remain open to the public.

The changes are occurring to combat falling mail volumes and ensure USPS minimizes the potential cash shortfall of $238 billion over the next decade.

He told the radio station: "We have a very, very balanced approach and we're looking at six or seven major initiatives to close the gap, while still delivering universal service at affordable prices."

"We're looking at a moderate rate increase, and that would not be before 2011 and it would be in the single digits."

Meanwhile, customers can take advantage of USPS's online services, with the ZIP Code verification tool helping to minimize the risk of returned mail.ADNFCR-2366-ID-19651386-ADNFCR

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