Postal workers protest Staples pilot program

Postal workers are out in force in several locations to protest a pilot program that allows Staples (SPLS -0.5%) to sell traditional mail services from within its stores.

The USPS lost $5B in the fiscal year that ended last September 30, but is finding it difficult to get around political hurdles in order to slash aggressively.

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  • Trader's Profit Compass
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    Are we surprised? UAA - Unions Against Anything......
    I gotta give a nod to the US Postmaster general.......he wants to close inefficient offices; reduce delivery service, find alternatives......nope... do anything...sorry. We are happy to lose $5B a year.....pls go to sleep and quit bugging us w/ new ideas
    23 Apr 2014, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • Placebo Investment Advice
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    What next? A postal worker protest against e-mail and Facebook?
    23 Apr 2014, 02:36 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    Postal worker Dalyncia Stevenson at the sorting facility in Los Angeles, where she took our letter and sent it on its way to a small island in the South Pacific.


    by David Weinberg
    23 Apr 2014, 02:40 PM Reply Like
  • LouisBrown24
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    If Staples wants to go into a money losing business - I say "go for it". It is time they fail once and for all.
    23 Apr 2014, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • SivBum
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    I used to run a neighborhood post office substation (across town near the foothills in one of San Francisco Bay Area cities) inside my business. It opened from 10am to 4pm with a lunch hour break. We sold stamps, registered mails and packages. Can't recall if we sold USP money orders. Every other year, I went visit the local Postal General and justified for a higher postal office monthly reimbursement fee. I employed 1.75 employees to operate the station and pay for employee wages, overhead, below the line expenses and carried insurances for theft and workman's comp etc. It was a bit of headache but added traffic for my main business. In those days, recall there were many other similar substations all over such that folks lived near my old business did not have to drive 5 to 10 miles to a post office. There were no public transportation then.


    How times have changed.
    23 Apr 2014, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • egarrisoe
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    Staples will do a great job with this new line of business.
    23 Apr 2014, 04:13 PM Reply Like
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