As the mail delivery industry is preparing to resume after a massive shutdown, a new package-supply company has announced its plans to expand its operations in the US.
According to a statement released by the USPS, a package supply store will be opened in the Chicago suburb of Joliet.
The store, named Postmates, will sell everything from personal care products to toiletries to food items to packages.
The move is seen as a step toward the delivery industry, which has struggled for years to find a market after the USPS closed for several years.
It will also be a boost to the mail-processing industry, where many companies have shut down.
The USPS announced that it will expand its delivery services in the suburbs of Jolien, Ill., and Evanston, Ill.
The new store will operate within the same warehouse that it already operates in Joliet, and the new store also has plans to open a store in the suburb of Urbana.
In September, the USPS announced it was opening two additional locations in Chicago to house its mail-preparation workforce, but the company said it did not have a timetable for when the new stores would open.
It also said it was exploring opening a mail-delivery service in the New York City area, but that the company did not expect to do so in 2018.