Saint Mary's Post Office has CHANGED!
February 1, 2014
The College has been given the option of becoming a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency (CMRA) and retaining all the PO boxes and providing the basic services offered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and will exercise this option effective February, 1, 2014. This change will result in more hours and more services for the Saint Mary's community. Read below for all the details.
Why the change?
Over the past two years, the Postal Service recorded roughly $20 billion dollars in net losses, and defaulted on $11.1 billion dollars in retiree health benefits payments to the United States Treasury. They defaulted on another $5.6 billion payment which was due September 30th, and their cash liquidity remains dangerously low.
The Postal Service as it exists today is financially unsustainable. It is burdened by an outdated and inflexible business model. Without significant structural changes, it will continue to record large financial losses.
One of these changes is to close some of the smaller Post Offices and combine operations. As a result, the College received notice from the USPS that they will not renew the expiring lease on the Campus Post Office.
What is a CMRA?
This means that the College will become an agent for the USPS. The Campus Post Office will function in the same manner as an Official USPS Post Office, and be subject to the rules and regulations of the USPS.
How does this impact the College community?
The College community will have access to USPS services for more hours and to more services than just the USPS.
New Hours and Services!
The Campus Post Office will operate tentatively from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It will act like an official USPS Post Office. It will sell stamps. It will be able to process overnight packages and process certified and return receipt mail.
It will also offer Fed Ex, UPS and DHL as alternative shippers. You may pay by cash, credit card or debit card for these and all USPS products and services.
Who will run the new Campus Post Office?
The Campus Post Office will be operated by Saint Mary’s staff and student workers.
Will departments still have PO boxes?
There will be no changes in PO boxes. Campus mail boxes will be intergrated with the existing PO boxes in the Campus Post Office in order to bring everything into one location.
Will anyone be able to have a PO box now?
Due to space limitations, the existing rule that only campus community members living on campus will be allowed to rent boxes will remain in effect. An audit of boxes will be done to determine if extra boxes will be made available to other members of the campus community.
Are costs going to change since the Post Office will be run by the College?
Initially, the cost for PO box rental will remain the same. The cost for stamps and other services will be the same as at a regular USPS Post Office. A full fee schedule will be available soon.
Why is the USPS closing the Saint Mary's location?
The USPS has been closing all on campus post offices or converting them to CMRA’s over the past few years. The Saint Mary’s location is one of the last in California.