USPS' Equipment Recovery Project
"The Postal Service wants them back, and the agency is sending postal inspectors around to area businesses to collect," writes reporter Robert K. Gordon.
Gordon goes on to say, "Blame it on the recession. No one is immune, not even the USPS. Saddled with a $2.8 billion deficit, the agency has been forced to pinch pennies in an effort to save all the money it can."
Tony Robinson, a U.S. postal inspector in Birmingham,is quoted in the article as saying, "Last year the Postal Service spent $40 million on mail transportation equipment such as pallets. This year, we'll spend another $40 million."
Joseph Breckenridge, an Atlanta-based USPS spokesman, is also quoted as saying, "That is money we're not getting. We need to save every nickel, dime and dollar we can. We're trying to stave off eroded service and layoffs."
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