The Postal Service is always on the move, and so are other posts around the world.
The United Kingdom Post Office recently deployed a fleet of 40 new “mobile post offices” to serve rural customers in 250 locations. The vans will provide letter and parcel postage, bill payment and personal banking services, including cash withdrawals.
The previous fleet traveled 3 million miles during the past six years.
The U.K. Post Office, now independent of the recently privatized Royal Mail, is the United Kingdom’s largest retail network, with 11,500 branches. More than 99 percent of people in the United Kingdom live within 3 miles of postal services.
In rural areas, the need is greater. “You have to ask how people in these remote communities would be able to pay their utility bills and access cash easily without us,” said mobile post operator Colin Lisgo.
In the United States, rural carriers often function as mobile post offices, performing most of the same services offered at Post Office counters. USPS also offers mobile retail services at special events and to restore service in areas hit by natural disasters. Also, the first mobile Village Post Office (VPO) recently rolled into Dallas District.