A postal carrier told me today that the routes in our little town (under 10k population) will henceforth be dispatched by a computer program using gps. She also said while attempting to reduce cost, it is actually adding overtime to every route, due to poor trace on all of the routes. I mentioned that we have been on a similar system for a few years and that for those who got the bugs worked out (rare) it's not so bad. For those whose bugs remain buggy (more typical) it's no picnic either. So, while a profitable giant like ups can indeed withstand poor planning and implementation by simply using the "ride 'em hard" plan to achieve implied success, the USPS not so much. I seriously wonder if this will be a coffin nail for them. If they take as long to align trace nationwide as ups did (forever and still not finished) how long can they last by utilizing yet one more way to lose money. Next thing you know they will start accepting 70-150 lb pkgs from customers for ups to pickup and deliver. They can call the new service "Sure-ups".