Columbus Day: Your Postal Service Is Open

(but not where you may expect)

October 07, 2010 

Release No. 11-03 

Customers can purchase postage, mail packages and more at an Automated Postal Center without standing in line.

Burlington, VT- Thursday, Nov. 25 is Thanksgiving Day, and all US post offices will be closed in observance of a federal holiday.

But most post offices which have Automated Postal Centers (APCs) provide mailing services to customers using a credit or debit card 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Customer surveys reveal that many residential customers have never used an APC,” Postal Service spokesman Tom Rizzo said, “so we are making an extra effort to reach out and let them know they can conduct postal business even on the holiday. First-time users tell us that they appreciated a postal employee showing them how easy it is to use and many actually moved from being non-users to frequent APC users.”

APCs are as simple to use as a bank ATM and provide mailing and shipping services as well as ZIP Code look-ups.  

In Vermont, the Champlain Station Post Office at 370 Shelburne Road, Burlington has a 24-hour APC in its lobby.

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