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Jim O'Reilly
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Jim O'Reilly   1/8/2014 3:59:12 PM
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I think you might be surprised. The USPS has become quite creative and appears much more like a business now than ever before.

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Rich Pell   1/7/2014 9:39:24 PM
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"All large companies reach a point where the management stops evolving the system and spends their time protecting the status quo."

The USPS isn't a large company - it's a governmental bureaucracy that has long been afforded a monopoly over letter delivery.  Until fairly recently it has never had any incentive to evolve the system.



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Re: Price and Service
Jim O'Reilly   1/7/2014 12:08:31 PM
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I think 1 or two days for local delivery and two to four days for out of town would be fine with most people, especially if the alternative is $35.

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Kevin   1/7/2014 11:45:53 AM
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You are getting an envelope delivered anywhere in the US in two or three days, isn't that worth a buck? I think it is. If the USPS went to every other day service I would stop using them.

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Eldredge   1/3/2014 6:24:41 PM
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That suggestion makes a lot of sense. They need to compete on business delivery, so sporadic delivery doesn't fit that model well. But home delivery probably has more latitude for changes.

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Jim O'Reilly   1/3/2014 5:55:16 PM
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@eldredge, It is different as a model. Perhaps the answer is to go to daily business delivery and every two days for homes.

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Eldredge   1/3/2014 5:46:32 PM
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You are correct of course. I think I meant to say that USPS handles the  bulk of the daily 1st class mail, which creates a somewhat different business model than most of the other carriers.

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Jim O'Reilly   1/3/2014 11:44:00 AM
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All of the major delivery companies do daily delivery. The USPS is the only one that has enough mail volume to have something to deliver daily.

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Eldredge   1/2/2014 8:49:37 PM
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The biggest difference between USPS and it's competitors is the delivery of daily mail. I wouls agree with a previous comment that changing to bulk mqail delivery every 2 days would probably make USPS break-even.

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Himanshugupta   12/28/2013 8:52:54 AM
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@Flyingscot, layoffs may not be that easy for USPS because it will put additional burden on the balancesheet. I think they should first focus on getting into profitable yet excruciating work and make employees deliver.

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