Your e-mail is helping to damage the U.S. Postal Service's ability to provide universal service. That's the gist of the testimony expected during a congressional hearing Thursday. "For the first time in history, the U.S. Postal Service will experience declining first-class mail volume, which is their core business," said Dana Johnson, spokesperson for Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y. ZDNet News has obtained an advance copy of U.S. General Accounting Office research, to be presented during testimony Thursday by GAO Director Bernard Ungar. According to the GAO's research, the increase in bills and communications being sent via the Internet is expected to cause an "unprecedented" drop in first-class mail, starting in 2003. "Something's got to give," Johnson said. "Either rates are going to increase, facilities are going to close, or service is going to be diminished. Or some combination of the three will occur." McHugh chairs the House Government Reform Committee's postal service … [Read more...] about Internet threatening U.S. Postal Service?
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Netflix's return DVD mailers are apparently costing the U.S. Postal Service $21 million in annual labor costs. And the Postal Service wants some of its money back. Simply put, Netflix's return DVDs clog the postal machinery and require manual sorting. When Netflix subscribers open their mailers the leading edge of the package is removed. On return, the same package comes back without the hard edge and plastic instead and jams the sorters. According to Citi analysts Tony Wible and Mark Mahaney a potential 17 cent surcharge to Netflix's DVD return packages would crush the company's operating income per subscriber (Techmeme). The analysts, who rate Netflix a “sell” and Blockbuster a “buy,” write: If Netflix has to bear the full brunt of this increase (without other cost offsets), monthly operating income per paying subscriber would fall 67% from $1.05 to $0.35. NFLX questions whether the USPS will accept the OIG's suggestions, and if no hikes occur, the impact … [Read more...] about U.S. Postal Service to Netflix: You’re killing us on labor
The United States Postal Service is one of America's oldest institutions, in one form or another dating all the way back to Ben Franklin's day. Today, however, the financial viability of the USPO is in serious question. According to a report (PDF) released this month by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Postal Service is in deep trouble. Mail volume has decline from 2007 to 2009 and, in 2009 alone, mail volume dropped by "a record 26 billion pieces, while revenue dropped nearly $7 billion." All this brings rise to the question posed above, should the U.S. Postal Service stop carrying letters altogether? Is the Post Office obsolete? Next: Anyone with a computer understands the problem » Anyone with a computer understands the problem Most of us don't send First-Class Mail letters anymore, with the possible exception of when we pay some bills. Sure, around the holidays, we might send out some cards, but even then, we're sending more and more electronic cards and … [Read more...] about Is the U.S. Postal Service obsolete?
The U.S. Postal Service is cutting Saturday mail delivery as of Aug. 5 in an effort to save $2 billion, but the engine of e-commerce is forcing the independent agent to keep service. The USPS has been rattled by digital payments, email and online marketing. However, e-commerce bolsters the USPS and may even help save it. The rub is that USPS has to compete with UPS and FedEx. In a statement, Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, said: Our customers see strong value in the national delivery platform we provide and maintaining a six-day delivery schedule for packages is an important part of that platform. As consumers increasingly use and rely on delivery services — especially due to the rise of e-commerce — we can play an increasingly vital role as a delivery provider of choice, and as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses. Here's a look at the trend that kept USPS open for package deliveries on Saturday: E-commerce won't save USPS, but … [Read more...] about U.S. Postal Service: Saturday is for e-commerce packages
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have forged a deal where packages will be delivered on Sunday starting in Los Angeles and New York and building out to more cities in 2014. The deal is a classic win-win. Amazon will be able to deliver packages on Sunday to its customers and the U.S. Postal Service gets more shipping volume and a boost to the one business that's growing. You could argue that the Postal Service is becoming an Amazon delivery service, but so what? Amazon isn't disclosing its payments to the Postal Service for Sunday deliveries, but it probably got a better deal than it would have with FedEx or UPS. Let's face it: The U.S. Postal Service financials are horrible. Saturday mail delivery was about to be nixed. So why would the Postal Service start Sunday package delivery? E-commerce and shipping is the one growth area for the Postal Service. The Postal Service tells the tale: The impact of technological change has been especially pronounced on our First-Class Mail revenues … [Read more...] about Amazon may help bail out U.S. Postal Service with shipping deal
The future of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could be as the eyes, ears and sensor network for the smart city. If cities played along the USPS could also derive a revenue stream that reverses billions of dollars of annual losses. According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the USPS may revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities. Here's the gist of how the USPS could be a smart city enabler: Trucks and assets drive through cities everyday. These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions. Data could be delivered back to cities to enhance services. This data enablement could be a new revenue stream assuming that the Postal Service would be allowed to expand into new services. Regulations prevent the Postal Service from entering non-postal businesses. Kristin Seaver, chief information officer of the USPS, said the possibilities are endless, but there are … [Read more...] about How the U.S. Postal Service could enable smart cities
(Reuters) – President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge “much more” to ship packages for Amazon, picking another fight with an online retail giant he has criticized in the past. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” Trump wrote on Twitter. The president’s tweet drew fresh attention to the fragile finances of the Postal Service at a time when tens of millions of parcels have just been shipped all over the country for the holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service, which runs at a big loss, is an independent agency within the federal government and does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses, according to its website. Package delivery has become an increasingly important part of its business as the Internet … [Read more...] about Donald Trump wants U.S. Postal Service to charge Amazon ‘much more’
If you plan on shipping an expensive load of Super Nintendo Entertainment System games, you might want to consider a service other than the United States Postal Service. An amateur video game archivist/historian failed to receive a shipment of 100 SNES games that were worth $10,000, and and the Postal Service’s explanation was baffling. The games were recovered by the Postal Service only after a substantial delay and an internal investigation.The historian, who goes by Byuu, was working with a collector in Frankfurt to archive a trove of European PAL SNES games into ROM files. The package of 100 cartridges did make its way over from Germany, but once it arrived in the U.S., things became hazy.Byuu has been in contact with USPS, and after some back-and-forth, finally received a bit of evidence as to what could have happened. The USPS sent Byuu a torn piece of the original package, shipping label intact, with an apology letter.USPS claims in the letter that the … [Read more...] about $10,000 worth of SNES games found by U.S. Postal Service and returned
In 10 metro areas across the country, the United States Postal Service has launched a new pilot program that allows people to submit old inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, and small electronics for proper disposal and recycling via free pre-paid mailers that customers can pick up at Post Office branches. If the program is successful, it could be expanded nationwide by this fall.Clover Technologies Group, which pays for all of the shipping costs and handles of the disposal, recycling, and refurbishing of the technologies. The small electronics that can be submitted include PDAs, smartphones, standard cellphones, digital cameras, and MP3 players."We know our customers are interested in real solutions for proper disposal of personal electronics," said Anita Bizzotto, chief marketing officer of the USPS. "Everyone from consumers to businesses to non-profit organizations use the mail, and the Postal Service works to manage resources wisely to minimize environmental impact."Clover has a … [Read more...] about U.S. Postal Service goes green with free mail-in recycling service for electronics
…though many would predict just the opposite. It’s easy to imagine how 3D printing could obliterate the need for package deliveries – that’s one of the basic selling points of 3D printers. If you want something, you print it. The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General isn’t scared, though. To the contrary, judging by its executive summary of a new report it commissioned from economic consulting firm Christensen Associates, “If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service,” the USPS can’t wait for 3D printing to become increasingly mainstream. Whether Americans increasingly order customized objects online that are then printed at local centers for same-day delivery, or bring 3D printers into their homes, the Postal Service seems eager to get some skin the game. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Regarding the first possible scenario, the report reads, “Christensen Associates … [Read more...] about The U.S. Postal Service Thinks 3D Printing Can Save It