By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – This is the last week mail will be processed in Tupelo.
The move is a part of the U.S. Postal Service’s effort to right its business model by consolidating processing centers.
Enola Rice, USPS spokeswoman, said no one should notice a change in service with the move.
A 2011 feasibility study showed the USPS could save $491,150 each year by closing Tupelo’s mail processing center and transferring the workload to Memphis.
Rice also said in the process of closing processing centers, no USPS employee is being laid off.
“All of our employees are offered positions in the Postal Service,” she said. The positions offered will depend on their union contract.
The study showed up to eight employees could be affected by the move but Rice assured none were being laid off.
While the processing center will no longer be there to place a 38801 postmark on outgoing mail, customers can still ask for a 38801 postmark to be stamped on their mail at the front counter of the Thomas Street post office.
Beginning in February, all mail formerly processed in Tupelo should be processed in Memphis.
“The Postal Service has been consolidating administrative offices, post offices and processing centers because of our dramatic decline in first class mail volume,” Rice said.
The USPS Modified Network Realignment Plan projects to have completed consolidation of 140 locations by the end of 2013 to bring a total of $1.2 billion in savings.
The agency reported a $15.9 billion net loss in the 2012 fiscal year.