Over the past several years, cost management has been central to USPS, achieving $9 billion in cost reductions.
The strategies to get these savings included:
Reduced employee complement by more than 200,000.
Negotiated back-to-back agreements with the National Association of Letter Carriers so we can quickly adjust carrier routes to reflect diminished volume.
Froze salaries of all Postal Service officers and executives.
Reduced staffing levels at postal headquarters, area and district offices by 15 percent two years ago, and then again this year by 20 percent.
Sold unused and under-utilized postal facilities.
Closed 77 Airport Mail Center facilities.
Closed 10 Remote Encoding Centers.
Closed nine processing and distribution centers.
Adjusted Post Office hours to better reflect customer use.
Consolidated mail processing operations across the board, including elimination of tours at many mail processing plants.
Reduced Districts from 80 to 67.
Eliminated the Southeast Area.
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