It takes a village – Behind the scenes at VPO operations

One of the more than 600 VPOs opened by the VPO team.

The Village Post Office (VPO) program has reached a milestone — opening 600 VPOs since 2011. There are now VPOs in 46 states, with more on the way.

VPOs are operated by community businesses and offer select products and services, such as stamps and Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes. The program’s success stems from extensive teamwork.

Pacific Area VP Dean Granholm opened the first VPO in Malone, WA. Delivery and Post Office Operations VP Ed Phelan continues to support the program.

Under National VPO Manager Program Max Raizada, the team is averaging one VPO opening a day. Contracting Officer Rickey Johnson approves new agreements and negotiates compensation with each VPO.

The team also is supported by specialists who maintain day-to-day operations.

Stamp Fulfillment Services Program Analyst Lisa Albright makes sure stamps are available. Senior Marketing Specialist Ann Feehery works with Supply Chain Planner Mark Hawley to procure package displays. And Sue Brennan and Sarah Ninivaggi from the Public Relations team manage program and internal VPO communications.

Visit the VPO website for more information and an interactive map of locations.

via USPS News Link Story – It takes a village.

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