|Mon June 17 2013 21:45:18|
An End to Postal Deliveries at Your Customer's Front Door?
By: Ina Steiner
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for small online sellers when it comes to shipping orders to their customers, along comes a congressman from California.
Many small businesses who sell online in lower volumes than their bigger counterparts find services from the U.S. Postal Service cheaper than other carriers. Sellers are continually worried about the impact of higher shipping costs on their ecommerce businesses. And they are already facing the possibility of an end to Saturday delivery.
Now Representative Darrell Issa would like to see the end of delivery at the door, a measure included in a new draft proposal he issued before formally introducing legislation. According to a synopsis, "The legislation will begin to standardize how mail is received around the nation by phasing out the expensive "to the door" delivery of mail, which only a quarter of addresses receive today, in favor of curbside and secure clusterbox delivery - the delivery modes more than 70 percent of the nation already receive."
Issa said the measure would save $4 billion or more annually.
While ecommerce giants such as Amazon, eBay and Google are considering ways to get packages into the hands of customers faster and with more convenience, Issa is looking at ways to scale back. His innovation? Allow the USPS to sell new services - such as fishing licenses.
Tuesday's Newsflash has the full story, let us know what you think of an end to "to the door" delivery.