On the border of the boundary wars: The PRC’s order on First Class Mail Parcels

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Last month the Postal Regulatory Commission denied the Postal Service’s request to transfer retail, single-piece First-Class Mail Parcels from the market-dominant list to the competitive list, where it would have become a category of First-Class Package Services. FCM Parcels are lightweight packages weighing 13 ounces or less, and they’re typically used by individuals and small businesses to ship things like … Read More

The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples

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The Postal Service has rather quietly announced a pilot program to put post offices inside of Staples.  It’s part of what the USPS is calling the Retail Partner Expansion Program, and the first Staples to host a post office will be located in San Francisco and San Jose. According to an article in the Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, which was apparently based on … Read More

Postal Vision 2020 looks at the future of “postal services” and sees privatization

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The third annual Postal Vision 2020 conference will take place this week in Washington, DC.  The conference brings together speakers from a variety of backgrounds for what the Postal Vision website describes as a "provocative, candid conversation about what Americans should have in the way of ‘postal services’ in 2020 and beyond and who should provide them.” More about postal privatization: … Read More

Privatizing the post office: The NAPA/Pitney Bowes study on reinventing the retail network

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About three weeks from now, postal insiders and innovative outsiders will convene in Washington DC for the PostalVision 2020/3.0 conference to discuss the future of the Postal Service.  Called “Positioning America for the New Millennium,” the event will focus on “a constructive approach to re-inventing today’s broken Postal Service model for future generations.” Among the headliners speaking at the event … Read More

Pitney Bowes funds a study to privatize the Postal Service, could make billions off the plan

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The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has just published a report about a proposal to create a "public-private hybrid" postal system.  The full title is worth noting: “An Independent Review of
 a Thought-Leader Concept to Reform the U.S. Postal Service.” Under the proposal, two-thirds of the Postal Service — the retail and processing components (the “upstream activities”) — would … Read More

How to Privatize the Post Office: Piece by piece, step by step

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Think it would take an act of Congress to privatize the postal system?  They’ve been privatizing the post office for four decades, piece by piece, step by step.  It’s called “piecemeal privatization,” and it works like this. Step One: Marketization Marketization is “the process that enables state-owned enterprises to act like market-oriented firms.”   It’s achieved by reducing government subsidies, deregulation, … Read More

The Postmaster General talks about privatization and real estate

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If you’re a masochist or have nothing better to do, you might watch the video of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s appearance on the Larry Kudlow show last week.  Kudlow begins the segment saying, “The US Postal Service is in big trouble, and now there’s talk tonight in Congress of a bailout. . . . Isn’t it time to end the … Read More

Privatization of the Postal Service: New Litmus Test for Republicans?

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Is favoring the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service becoming a new litmus test to determine the conservative bona fides of Republican candidates for president?  It’s looking that way. Speaking at the University of Chicago June 7, presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty specifically mentioned the Postal Service in his list of government agencies that should be turned over to the private … Read More

Moving toward Privatization

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The Action Plan report discussed in the previous post was produced by the USPS with the support of three consultants — Accenture, The Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company.   McKiney did the survey on consumer attitude toward closing post offices that showed 80% of consumers would not be bothered if their post office closed and postal services were … Read More

Post Office Obit: The End of Brick-and-Mortar Post Offices

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The Postal Service has begun the process of closing 2,000 post offices, and it has its eye on “discontinuing” and “consolidating” as many as half of its 32,000 offices because they’re operating in the red.  Don’t think it won’t happen.  The Postal Service has already started moving into alternative “retail outlets,” and it’s been boasting that that there are now … Read More

It’s Friday the 13th: Let’s Kill the Post Office

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It's Friday the 13th, and Fox Business contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano has a scary thought: "Let's Abolish the Post Office."  According to Napolitano's latest "Freedom Watch" column, the postal service is a "Soviet-style behemoth" and an inefficient, non-competitive "dinosaur," and the only reason it even exists is because politicians are pandering to voters.  Don't think Napolitano is alone.  Conservative think tanks like … Read More