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Delivering the Real Problems Facing the Postal Service

In 1970 the Post Office became the U.S. Postal Service, a government-owned corporation.  It was supposed to operate like a business with no taxpayer support.  It operated in the national interest and was expected to deliver everywhere for the price of postage.  Unfortunately, because of congressional interference, the …

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Breaking Gridlock:  The Postal Service Task Force

While some have summarily dismissed the President’s Executive Order regarding the Task Force on the Postal Service as an attempt by him to punish Amazon for its low shipping rates, the Task Force’s mission is comprehensive, and its work is long overdue.  Senator Bernie Sanders is among those who have …

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President Orders Review of U.S. Postal Service

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the creation of a task force (Executive Order) to study the Postal Service and its financial difficulties, after recently claiming without evidence that deliveries for Amazon were costing the service money.  The task force will look …

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What’s in a Name? A Potential Decline in Response Rates

When the USPS proposed changing the name from Standard Mail (STD) to Marketing Mail (MKT) on the indicia of every mail piece, there was serious trepidation from the industry.  Fortunately, a few companies recently took the time to quantitatively test what this …

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Why the President Can’t Tell the USPS What to Do

By law the USPS operates independently.  The service is led by a postmaster general and a deputy who in turn are selected by a bipartisan board of nine governors.  Board members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the Senate.  No more than five …