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The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2...

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2018

Last year, the U.S Postal Service (USPS) lost more than $2 billion. This operating deficit was not a rare occurrence, as the agency has run deficits regularly over the past decade. This is because plunging mail volume has cut into its revenues. It is also $15 billion in debt and has more than $100 billion […]

Who’s afraid of autonomous mail truc...

Who’s afraid of autonomous mail trucks?

Highly automated vehicles (HAVs) have gone from fantasy to reality in the past decade. It is remarkable to witness the various prototypes motoring about courses and taking test drives on America’s roads. Already, related technology helps people parallel park their cars — some don’t even require the driver be in the car. Among other benefits, […]

Cronyism charges jump the sh...

Cronyism charges jump the shark

If I had a dollar for every time the words “crony” and “cronyism” appear in print these days, well, I’d be flush. When I plugged those terms into Nexis, the database warned me it would take a while to tally the thousands of media stories from the past few years containing either expression. As an […]

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing mo...

There’s more than one reason the Postal Service is losing money

“Listening to President Trump, one might get the impression the U.S. Postal Service is unprofitable because it is under-charging Amazon.com. “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber […]

The Lost Genius of the Post Off...

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

In 1897, a year when mail was still largely delivered by horse and wagon, construction began on an innovative scheme beneath the streets of Philadelphia. Using an intricate network of compressors and metal pipes, the new system could shoot a capsule holding a few hundred letters across a city in several minutes, far faster than […]

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislati...

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

The House of Representatives took up postal reform legislation this week, a decade after Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was supposed to shore up the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century. It didn’t work out that way. Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the law, the economy tanked, as […]

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