Outside experts and think tanks have proposed various ways to modernize USPS and return it to firm financial footing. These include relatively incremental ideas like using more “cluster boxes” where residents and businesses in a neighborhood or other geographic area would go to pick up their mail; reducing the frequency of delivery to five or fewer days per week; closing and consolidating post offices; reducing hours of operation; and allowing for more productive and creative use of USPS’ massive retail footprint, such as by allowing residential buildings to be constructed above post office locations. Retiree health benefits reform has been a part of postal reform bills introduced in Congress over the past decade.

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