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FedEx (FDX) and UPS continue to beat the USPS at winning business from the federal government...

FedEx (FDX) and UPS continue to beat the USPS at winning business from the federal government with more than 98% of the $337M spent on shipping by federal agencies last fiscal year going to the private companies. A new inspector general report makes it clear the trend is unlikely to reverse due to the inflexible pricing of the USPS and its lack of 2-day and 3-day express delivery.
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  • wtl
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    "Lack of 2/3-day express delivery"? Who wrote this, UPS' or FedEx's PR dept.? Priority Mail & FCM Pkg Svc. combined control over 70% of the domestic 2/3 day express market. Yes, these services are not 'guaranteed', but PM is very reliable and provides detailed tracking capability, albeit nort 'real-time'. But if those factors were really important, USPS wouldn't have a 70% share, would it?
    I recently sent a pkg via to my son, who's stationed at a remote AFB base in NM. The price was less than half that of either UPS Ground or FedEx Ground services, and it got there in 2 days, not 4 or 5.
    It's bad enough that the public at large and presumably the GAO believes this nonsense, but for the USPS Inspector Gen'l to make such uninformed comments is really beyond belief.
    As a taxpayer, I believe it should be gov't policy for fed. agencies to use USPS, unless compelling reasons not to are given. That being said, it's also hard to believe that USPS can't get it together to submit a bid to GAO. This, too, beggars the imagination.
    23 Jan 2013, 08:33 AM Reply Like
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