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"The concept of this new retail partnership is a direct response to the changing expectations of customers who demand greater convenience," Partenheimer said. "That is why service providers, such as banks, dry cleaning, doctors and major retail chains are partnering together to provide that one-stop shopping experience that many customers demand."

He added that the Postal Service already has partnerships with more than 65,000 retailers to provide alternative access to postal products and services. Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices have never been staffed by USPS employees, he said.

"The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. This retail partnership program could be an innovative step towards generating revenue to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service," Partenheimer said.

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