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The United States Postal Service is marking a milestone today with the opening of the Greater Indiana District's 50th Village Post Office. Spokeswoman Mary Dando says the West Lafayette location is another sign that smaller communities are ideal for the relatively new concept, because many small traditional post offices have closed. She says Indiana is "without a doubt" ahead of the pack in the village post office trend.
Dando tells Inside INdiana Business the sites allow the postal service to expand its footprint without significant cost and increase foot traffic in their host businesses.
August 19, 2013
WHAT: The 50th Village Post Office (VPO) in the Greater Indiana District will open at the Follett Purdue Bookstore in West Lafayette. A passport fair will follow from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHO: Bernice Grant, U.S. Postal Service
Greater Indiana District Manager
Jeff Mitchell, U.S. Postal Service
Greater Indiana District Senior Plant Manager
Jeff Leffler, U.S. Postal Service
Manager of Post Office Operations
Larry Chandler, U.S. Postal Service
The Honorable John Dennis
Mayor, West Lafayette
The Honorable Randy Truitt
Indiana State Assembly Representative
Purdue University Student President
WHEN: August 20, 2013
11 a.m. (open house to follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Follett Purdue Bookstore
1400 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47906.
DETAILS: Since the Postal Service introduced the VPO model in 2011, the Greater Indiana District has been most successful in partnering with businesses and setting up VPOs. To date, about 330 VPOs have been opened nationwide by the Postal Service. USPS introduced the VPO model as an alternate retail location for postal products and services. VPOs are operated by local businesses contracting with the Postal Service, and offer a range of popular postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.
Source: United States Postal Service