Postal Service partnering with Staples in another move with national retailers

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The U.S. Postal Service is moving into Staples stores in another effort aimed at boosting business through partnerships with retail giants.

The financially troubled USPS plans to open pilot units at 82 Staples locations throughout the nation, with the potential for expansion to some of the office-supply company’s other domestic locations, the agency said. The first centers opened earlier this month.

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The new centers will be operated by outside employees, offering most postal products including stamps, mail services and package delivery.

USPS will be the exclusive mailing and shipping option at those Staples locations.

Earlier this month, the agency announced it would deliver packages on Sundays for Amazon, one of the world’s largest online retailers.

MORE: Amazon to deliver on Sundays using Postal Service fleet

The agreement with Staples is part of the USPS’s “retail partner expansion program.” The first openings will take place in just five regions: San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Worchester, Mass., where the company is headquartered, according to Going Postal.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.
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