The debut of the U.S. Postal Service's 46-cent Forever stamps brings rate changes on Jan. 27.
Thursday, January 17
You may want to stock up on Forever stamps sooner, rather than later. The cost to mail a letter is, yet again, set to increase this month. Rate changes go into effect Jan. 27, according to the U.S. Postal Service, which relies on stamps and other products, rather than taxpayer dollars, to fund operations. At that time, stamp prices to mail 1-ounce letters will increase one cent each—from 45 to 46. This brings the cost of a standard 20-stamp book up from $9 to $9.20. Reuters reports that postal officials have been asking Congress for the green light to increase stamp prices beyond inflation, end Saturday mail delivery and make other changes in order for them to stay in business amidst plummeting mail volumes. "The agency lost $5.2 …
Thirteen Rhode Island branches are being studied as possible closures.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Would you miss your post office if it closed? As we've become increasingly dependent on email and social media for communication, many of us have decreased our reliance on physical post offices. That trend is the reason the U.S. Postal Service is studying 3,700 of its locations to determine whether there's a demand to keep them open. In Rhode Island, 13 post offices are on that list, including a downtown Providence location and the main branch in Newport. Many in Massachusetts are also being studied. Just last night, the Postal Service held a public hearing about the possible closure of the downtown Providence office, located at Kennedy Plaza and known as the Annex. Comments are reportedly being accepted on the proposal through Dec. 1. …