Survey of the Self-Service Postal Center Program
GGD-77-75: Published: Jul 18, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1977.
- Full Report:
The Postal Service has over 1,000 self-service postal centers located throughout the country and 371 additional centers are on order for deployment in fiscal years 1977 and 1978. Revenues received from those centers in operation for at least 1 year indicate that a large percentage are being underutilized. In addition, Postal Service headquarters does not currently have adequate criteria for use by regional and district management in deploying the 371 centers on order and has no assurance that the sites with the greatest potential for measurable operating cost reductions will be selected by the regions.
The Postal Service does not have effective control over its inventory of self-service centers and could not account for all of the centers. Self-service centers may be showing a more favorable cost/revenue ratio because not all costs are being considered. Technicians routinely visit self-service centers to remove cash, replenish stock, and test the equipment. Many centers are overserviced.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.
Recommendation: The Postal Service should not use existing site selection criteria for deploying the 371 new centers now scheduled for fiscal years 1977 and 1978. The Postal Service should deploy the new centers only to those sites where the regions determine that measurable operating cost reductions or cost avoidance will result or where there is a need to test the new site selection criteria currently being developed.