In order to gain a better perspective into the types of compromises and service changes the American public is willing to accept from the United States Postal Service, the Office of the Inspector General commissioned a small focus group to see where the public stood on funding, delivery locations, delivery days, and the overall future of the postal service.
With the U.S. population now jumping to their computers or mobile devices to shop or communicate with a friend or loved one, the USPS needs to look at ways to cut costs in order for it to survive and community mailboxes and cutting delivery days appears to be one of the best answers out there.
The Office of the Inspector General has announced that the United States Postal Service will end its same-day delivery pilot program, Metro Post, throughout the San Francisco area due to insufficient participation.
While the U.S. Postal Service ended the first quarter of 2014 with a net loss of $354 million, its shipping business increased by 14%. This growth, UPS said, was fueled by an increase in online shopping and Sunday deliveries in limited U.S. markets.
The DMA joins the ANM, ACMA and MPA in filing an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, seeking relief from the recent Postal Regulatory Commission decision to allow an exigent postal increase set to take effect on Jan. 26.
In response to the ever changing and digitally connected customer, Canada Post had decided to phase out its door-to-door delivery service and replace it with community mailboxes within the next five years. Not surprisingly, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., supports the measure to “modernize” mail delivery.
A new $40 million, 254,000-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution center is coming to South Carolina, according to local news outlets. The distribution center is expected to begin operations in 2015.
Patrick Fitzgerald, FedEx Service senior vice president, sat down with Fox Business on Cyber Monday to candidly discuss the possibility of Sunday deliveries, the future for seasonal hires, and the much debated hot topic of Amazon drones.
UPS Ground, Air and International, and Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico will increase an average net of 4.9%, UPS announced Nov. 21.
Every year at about this time, the USPS announces rate changes and many merchants start to panic on how these increases will impact their operation. But there is no need to panic since the rate is expected to have a minimal impact to most, a favorable impact to some, and not so favorable, but tolerable changes for others.