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Postal Service Hopes Cluster Boxes Save Them A Bundle

file photo (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

file photo (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The US Postal Service continues to look for ways to cut costs these days. One of their options is changing the way in which many people get their mail.

They’re trying to eliminate door to door delivery, at least in new construction, opting to set up cluster boxes instead. Local Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said.

“We are exploring scenarios to restructure our delivery operation for business customers,” Local Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said. “Focusing on shopping malls, shopping centers which would include strip malls and business parks.”

Hopes are to shave $4.5-billion off the annual $30-billion cost of mail delivery nationwide. How does this affect you? If you currently get your mail at your door, that won’t change. Nor will curbside delivery. But if you move into a newly built townhome, don’t be surprised to find a group mailboxes in the middle of the block.

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