Eastern Carolina Mail To Raleigh Under USPS Proposal

The U.S. Postal Service is considering whether to eliminate all mail processing in Eastern Carolina, and instead move all that to Raleigh.

That would mean mail sorting operations in Kinston, Rocky Mount and Fayetteville would close. The proposal is part of a study the Postal Service unveiled today to streamline operations to help the struggling agency save money.

The Kinston processing center, which employs about 100 people, had already been under consideration for closure. The Postal Service was wanting to move that operation to Fayetteville. Now the agency will study whether it is feasible to process all mail in the area in Raleigh.

The study is expected to be completed early next year. The Postal Service says during the past five years total first class mail has dropped by 25%.

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  • by Donna Location: ENC on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Probably the PO wouldn't be in such a fix if they had handled things better to begin with. REALLY...2 weeks for a letter to get across Rocky Mount? Honestly, that is the truth. When it needs to arrive in a timely manner, people don't mind paying extra for "guaranteed" delivery. Even the PO in RMT takes 2 to 3 days on NEXT DAY DELIVERY!
  • by don Location: knowing on Sep 18, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    The PM General is playing politics. The PO makes most of it's money from mailers,ie: catalogs, sales papers, etc. The PMG is telling you the reason we are losing money is because Ist class mail is down 25%. The PO never made money from Ist class mail. This is a ploy to change the retirement and health ins. for PO employees.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Why don't they send it overseas with the rest of our jobs?
  • by Chuckwgn Location: Warsaw on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Don & G are pretty close. There is no AFCS machines in the small town. All letters have to got Rocky Mount, Fayettville, or Raleigh etc for cancelling. Then they go thru the first sorting by zip code. then they go to the more local processimg plant like Kinston for smaller town and carrier route sequencing. Then they go to smaller processing center like havelock or swansboro fo the carrier sequencing for local delivery. All this sorting is done without a human hand touching the mail other than to put it on the machine. You are talking, 30,000 pieces an hour I guess.
  • by Kathy on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    I would be satisfied if they cut the mail delivery days down to twice a week. That would save lots of money.
  • by SJ on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    UPS and FedEx sort everything in Raleigh before it comes down to ENC... why can't USPS?
  • by George Location: neverland on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Takeing 1 or 2 letters 100 miles knowing it will not be delivered, just to get it out of the local po does not make sense either and it has happened
  • by Janssen Location: Snow Hill NC on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    I remember as a lil boy growing up in Kinston that mail use to come 2x a day. Then it went to 1x a day. USPS is paying money to do all these studies to figure out what to do. Seems to me instead of hiring someone to figure out what to do, to put the money where it is needed in the organization, not paying a outside firm to do this. A side not, a lot of people are blaming the Online bill pay thru the internet as the problem also. I would think that the mail carriers would be thankful for less strain on their feet for those that still walk to deliver the mail.
  • by Jean Location: Greenville on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    If they want to restructure they can start by not delivering the mail 6 days a week. We just got back from vacation. We were gone for a week. When I got my mail from USPO it was full of junk mail. Seriously 12 credit card officers in a one week period.
  • by G on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Is it really so hard for you people to figure out why local mail isn't sorted locally. First off, the mail truck has to go from Greenville to Rocky Mount and from Rocky Mount to Greenville everyday no matter what in order to send the out-of-town mail. So they don't save any money by not sending the mail to Rocky Mount. Secondly, they have an automatic mail sorter in Rocky Mount that can quickly and efficiently sort the mail and route it much faster than the human that would have to do it in Greenville. It's all about economies of scale.
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