The U.S. Postal Service says a growing number of its customers are paying for shipping online, drastically reducing foot traffic at many of its dedicated retail stores. As a result, officials say they are reevaluating the need for nearly 3,700 of its 32,000 retail shipping locations nationwide.
In Wisconsin, 41 retail offices are on the list of those that could be shutdown. Many of them are in rural areas, although five in Milwaukee are also being studied.
Rather than run its own retail locations, the Postal Service says it would work with third-party vendors in many communities to handle basic shipping and stamp sales. The agency also hopes to continue expanding its online shipping services, which allow customers to buy postage and schedule pick-up times for packages.