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R.I.P. U.S. Postal Service: The $3.1B Q3 loss suffered at the USPS may be the least of its...

R.I.P. U.S. Postal Service: The $3.1B Q3 loss suffered at the USPS may be the least of its headaches after a number of online startups fire up to help consumers receive, organize and respond to digital mail from one secure location. InfoTrends calls the coming onslaught of high-tech mail alternatives a "potential game-changer." Names to  track in the space: Zumbox, Doxo and Manilla.
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  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Thanks for the link.

     

    I am not a fan of the conservative utopia of privatize everything, but maybe it's time to look into privatization in the mail sector.

     

    I hate getting the mail, all that's in it are bills (bills I already have online) and junk mail. Maybe Christmas and birthday cards, or stuff I've ordered online.
    9 Sep 2011, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • sean.parmelee
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    I don't think the mail will ever go away entirely, but in its present state, the postal service is something of an anachronism. The vast majority of people would be happy with reduced delivery / pickup days, some branches closed relocated inside stores, and so forth.
    9 Sep 2011, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • edsanville
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    Someone already attempted to privatize mail services during the 1800s. He did an excellent job, delivering mail at rates cheaper than the USPS, but the government outlawed competition and shut him down. Google "Lysander Spooner."

     

    At some point, you have to wonder what the government's motive is to disallow private mail delivery competition?
    17 Oct 2011, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • sean.parmelee
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    Their motive is the postal employees' union, pure and simple. Democrat politicians are in bed with the union bosses. It's to the point that mail carriers make more money than most new college graduates, and are totally immune to performance evaluations, per their labor contract.
    17 Oct 2011, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • Papaswamp
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    If this comes to fruition look for big impact to lumber related to paper, paper companies/mills…maybe even printing companies.
    9 Sep 2011, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • spald_fr
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    A minister asked a little boy how to get to the Post Office. After the little boy told him, the minister said, "Why don't you come to church tonight? I'm giving instructions on how to get to heaven."

     

    After thinking a minute, the boy replied, "I don't think so. You don't even know how to get to the Post Office."
    9 Sep 2011, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • Jackson999
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    The obvious solution is to pass a law prohibiting anyone except the US Post Office form delivering any kind of mail (physical or electronic) and any packages. :)
    9 Sep 2011, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    IMO, it seems highly likely taxpayers will be on the hook for bailing out the post office this year and every few years hereafter. They have labor contracts that make it impossible to lay off any post office worker with 6 years on the job or more. If they don't file for reorganization which is the only way to renegotiate the contracts, the post office will have to cut services so that they can afford to keep so many postal workers on salary and keep their benefits. Email has lowered mail flow by about 20%. But post office management has to wait for people to retire.
    9 Sep 2011, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • pacalvotan
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    What i do not understand is why the USPS has not gotten on the electronic band wagon a long time ago. Maybe bills delivered electronically instead of paper. I certainly hate to see the wasted paper every day.
    9 Sep 2011, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • Papaswamp
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    the mail would be late in San Diego county then….
    9 Sep 2011, 03:10 PM Reply Like
  • edsanville
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    Most modern companies allow you to receive electronic-only bills on the internet. There's no need to wait for the dinosaur USPS to "help" deliver electronic bills.
    17 Oct 2011, 11:11 AM Reply Like
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