The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to cease mail-processing operations at 2300 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach on July 1, though public retail service, P.O. box delivery, mail collection and bulk business-mail acceptance will remain open “for the time being,” according to a statement released by the USPS on Tuesday, April 23.
Plans include relocating mail-processing operations and equipment from the Long Beach facility to the Industry Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) and the Los Angeles P&DC, USPS officials stated.
The Redondo Avenue facility, which primarily serves residents and businesses in Long Beach and Signal Hill ZIP codes, is one of 140 mail-processing centers across the country that the USPS has so far identified for consolidation.
The mail-processing consolidations are the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures that the USPS has recently implemented mainly because of rising employee-benefit costs and a “drastic decline in mail volume” as communication continues to shift from mail to online.
The consolidation is being implemented after a Long Beach-area mail-processing study, initiated in 2011, was approved in February 2012. The USPS postponed the consolidations last year in hopes of Congress passing legislation to help restructure its business model. But, without legislative help and as mail volumes have continued to plummet since 2007, the USPS says it has no other choice but to shrink operations. The postal service receives no tax dollars to fund its operations and facilities, according to the USPS.
“The USPS is facing severe financial challenges and must continue to take action to cut costs and reduce the size of its networks,” said the statement provided via email by Richard Maher, spokesperson for USPS in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Effective with the move, all post offices, stations and branches serving ZIP codes with the first three numbers of 905, 907 and 908 will administratively report to the Los Angeles Postal District and become part of that district’s first-class mail overnight service area, according to the USPS. Postal operations in the 906 ZIP codes will remain part of the Santa Ana Postal District.
The Long Beach mail-processing consolidation is expected to result in the reduction of about 600 postal-service positions, according to USPS officials, who have stated that employees will either be shifted to other positions or retire.
For now, the post-office operations at the Redondo Avenue facility will remain open, though “no decision has been made as to the future use or possible sale of the facility,” according to the USPS.