USPS revising plan for "Village Post Offices" - Reuters The financially troubled U.S. Postal Service has determined that its plan to replace money-losing offices with retailers contracted to offer basic services will not work in many rural communities. The agency now is considering keeping post offices open in some rural areas for only the few hours each day when they experience the most traffic. Postmasters, who are often the only employee at rural post offices, would receive lower pay and benefits to manage those offices, Donahoe said. Donahoe said USPS still plans to close post offices where residents can access another post office or where rural letter carriers -- who can sell stamps, pick up packages and offer other services -- could make up the service.