USPS Gets a Boost from Amazon
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  • Andrew Allison

    Through the looking glass: The USPS can’t afford to deliver mail on Saturdays, but can deliver on Sundays (at overtime rates)? VM is right in pointing out that the USPS has failed, not entirely of its own accord, to adapt to 21st Century realities. The fact that I see FedEx, FedEx Ground, UPS and USPS vehicles in my neighborhood almost every day is evidence enough of that. But the Amazon deal is a move in the wrong direction. The USPS should be delivering priority mail every day, first-class mail three days a week, and junk mail based on the postage paid e.g. first-class rates for first class delivery, second class for twice, and third for once a week delivery. Any initiatives which fail to recognize that USPS has an unsupportable cost structure are simply kick-the-can.

  • NCMountainGirl

    A huge boost in the USPS parcel business happened courtesy of the UPS strike of 1997. Before then few if any retailers used the USPS for parcels. Many were caught without an alternative shipping method during the strike after UPS’s competitors announced existing customers would be given preference. In the strike’s aftermath mail order houses made the policy decision to use several shipping companies and began to give the USPS a second look.

    The rise of internet commerce was a second boost. The USPS has courted internet small business customers with their flat rate shipping box program. These boxes are designed for use in automated package handling and containerized systems. Most of the stuff I but on-line ships flat rate USPS.

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