U.S. Postal Service Expands Access to 100,000 Locations

With nearly 100,000 places to buy stamps and ship packages, the U.S. Postal Service® is expanding customer access to its products and services. As more postal prod­ucts and services move online and into retail outlets, gro­cery stores, office supply chains, and pharmacies, it is not about brick-and-mortar Post Offices™ anymore.

Responding to changing customer needs and a busi­ness plan that calls for expanding access, stores, including Costco and Office Depot, are offering Postal Service™ shipping and mailing services.

According to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postal Service is changing for the better. “We’re team­ing up with hundreds of new stores so customers can do postal business at places where they already shop,” Dona­hoe said. “Americans have more to do and less time to do it. We know simpler is better — online, on your mobile device, on your way, with an expertise that you can count on.”

Customers can find dozens of locations to purchase postal services within their neighborhoods by visiting an interactive map at and typing in a ZIP Code™. Using a simple icon guide designating stamps, shipping and packaging, PO Boxes™, and other services, customers can easily navigate to retail outlets, grocery stores, Automated Postal Center® (APC®) kiosks, and Post Offices, among other options.

With Post Office hours usually ending by 5 p.m. or ear­lier, customers can send a Priority Mail® Flat Rate Box and buy Forever® stamps as long as the alternate sites are open — often as late as 9 p.m. Some sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We’re creating easier, more convenient access to products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere.”

There are about 32,000 Post Office locations around the country that sell Postal Service products and services. There are more than 60,000 other locations selling postage stamps alone — the top product sold at Post Offices. With the additional shipping provider locations added in, cus­tomers have about 100,000 locations and ways to do busi­ness with the Postal Service.

Nearly 35 percent of the Postal Service retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as Costco, Office Depot, grocery stores, drug stores, APCs, ATMs, and, open 24/7.