Is Amazon exploiting the post office? No more than any other company in U.S. history.

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Newsday: Everyone knows that President Donald Trump loves feuds, but one of his strangest targets is Amazon. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the retail giant is “scamming” the U.S. post office by taking advantage of the venerable institution’s low shipping rates. Trump has long complained about the Washington Post, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ownership of it. But it’s still … Read More

Amazon and UPS have been quietly fighting over the post office’s cost structure — long before Trump

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CNBC: President Trump isn’t the only one questioning the post office’s pricing strategy. UPS, the shipping giant, has been in a back-and-forth with Amazon in recent years over the post office’s cost structure, which has direct impact on how the Postal Service sets its package shipping prices, according to public documents filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In a … Read More

Talk about Fake News: How a flawed Citigroup analysis led to Trump’s bogus tweets about Amazon and the Postal Service

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President Trump is continuing his Twitter attack on Amazon over its deal with the Postal Service.  Yesterday Trump tweeted, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country… not a level … Read More

What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

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Government Executive: President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency for maintaining what he views as a sweetheart deal to deliver packages for the … Read More

Amazon deliveries and at-risk workers lead to more accidents and injuries at the Postal Service

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Last week the Postal Service shared some information with the Postal Regulatory Commission about accidents and safety issues.  As one might expect, the increased use of all those recently hired postal workers — 117,000 in 2015 — is leading to more injuries and accidents. Replacing experienced career employees with inexperienced non-career employee comes at a cost both to the Postal … Read More

“We Deliver for Amazon”: The Postal Service’s New Priority

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A former postal worker in Greensboro, North Carolina, named Paul Barbot has written two excellent articles for Alternet about his experiences dealing with Amazon deliveries as a City Carrier Assistant (CCA).  The first of them — “The Horrific New Marriage Between Your Post Office and Amazon Sunday” — was published in February, when Barbot still worked for the Postal Service. … Read More

Giving Away the Store: The Postal Service discounts the mail

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MARK JAMISON In her book Captive Audience:  The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, Susan Crawford describes how the American public has been imprisoned by monopoly arrangements in the delivery of broadband and wireless Internet services. Using pricing and discount strategies, communications corporations have colluded to circumvent competition and make private fiefdoms out of what should … Read More

Premature motion: PRC dismisses bid to view non-public Amazon docs

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MARK JAMISON Almost three months ago, I filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission seeking access to documents filed under seal in the docket that dealt with the Postal Service’s deal with Amazon to deliver its parcels on Sundays.  Last week, the PRC finally responded to the request. The Commission ruled that my motion was “dismissed without prejudice” as being “premature,” meaning I … Read More

The Washington Post asks, Why not the Amazon Postal Service?

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The Washington Post has apparently gone off the deep end.  It has actually penned an editorial suggesting that Amazon and the Postal Service merge.  “Sure, there are a lot of details to work out; the Postal Service isn’t Amazon’s typical rinky-dink acquisition, and the financials could be challenging even for chief executive Jeff Bezos’s ever-permissive investors. But with no obvious … Read More