Can package delivery save the Postal Service?

Discussion in 'The Latest USPS, Amazon, and DHL Headlines' started by cheryl, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Can package delivery save the Postal Service? - CNN

    Just this week it announced a deal to deliver packages on Sundays for Amazon in New York and Los Angeles for the holiday season. And in what appears to be a direct challenge to rivals United Parcel Service and Fed Ex, the postal service said Wednesday it will start offering 10:30 a.m. priority mail express delivery, which can ensure delivery in one, two or three days, for an extra $5 fee in January.
     
  2. island1fox

    island1fox Well-Known Member




    The Postal System continues to raise the price of stamps on its first class government MONOPOLY.

    Instead of using that money to improve the first class mail service ---they are artificially lowering package rates --both express and ground --to unfairly compete with the Private market,
    This should be a real concern for all of us.
     
  3. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    USPS has always subsidized their package business by charging extra for letter delivery. Supposedly they aren't allowed to do that but many protests by both UPS and FedEx have made no difference.
     
  4. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

  5. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    The Postal Service can only raise the price of a stamp with Congressional approval. We all know how long that can take, they also can't close branches or many other business decisions without approval. They wanted to stop Saturday delivery but Congress said NO.
    They are also the only govt/quasi Govt agency that has to pay their retirees medical payments 75yrs in advance.

    Also first class mail is dwindling, between emails, faxes, and online billpay not much goes by first class mail.

    There's some people who want to privatize the PO, if that were to happen what do you think will happen to costs and service. They're gonna tell a private company, "You have to keep that Office open that only has 100 customers?" or "You still have to deliver on Saturday."
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The Post Office needs to be able to operate like any other business, with the ability to freely raise prices, consolidate operations and close less than profitable locations.
     
  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    If the Post Office should operate like a normal business then they should also start paying normal business operating costs like paying taxes and paying vehicle registration fees among other things. They should not be a quasi government entity with those advantages and also claim they can cut costs by reductions in service.
     
  8. InsideUPS

    InsideUPS Active Member

    !.) UPS subcontracts the delivery of "SurePost" packages utilizing the USPS.....

    2.) FedEx subcontracts the delivery of "SmartPost" packages utilizing the USPS....

    How many of those Sunday packages that the USPS is delivering are from "rivals" UPS and FedEx?

    Quote: island1fox: "Instead of using that money to improve the first class mail service ---they are artificially lowering package rates --both express and ground --to unfairly compete with the Private market,
    This should be a real concern for all of us."


    Read more: http://www.browncafe.com/forum/f56/can-package-delivery-save-postal-service-353488/#ixzz2l2H4D2jE


    It appears that more than just the the government is "subsidizing" the USPS and ensuring their existence as a viable competitor.