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Reporter's Notebook

November 24, 2012

USPS braces for frenzy of Cyber Monday

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We’re becoming an Internet-shopping nation, and that’s creating a revolution in how goods are marketed, shipped and sold. That’s not good news for bricks-and-mortar stores, but it’s a windfall for delivery companies. The U.S. Postal Service, for one, needs all the help it can get.

What does that mean locally? For one thing, prosperity probably would ease the pressure on the Postal Service to close post offices and cut back on deliveries, especially in rural areas that depend on it. For another, it might limit the size of a potential taxpayer bailout for the ailing agency.

RICHARD WHITBY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at rwhitby@thedailystar.com.

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