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Tue June 26 2018 00:13:02

Would Privatizing the Post Office Help Online Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner

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In April, President Trump created a task force to look at postal reform. The President's Task Force on the United States Postal System will publish its recommendations by August 10, 2018.

Last week, the White House had more to say, opening up the possibility of privatizing the post office. "Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations" covered recommendations for "structural realignment of the Executive Branch," including a restructuring of the USPS, while noting that some of the more significant changes would require legislative action.

The 132-page report is available in PDF format on the WhiteHouse.gov website - skip to page 70 to get to the section titled, "Restructure the Postal Service." 

Here is the summary of the proposal: 

"This proposal would restructure the United States Postal System to return it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future conversion from a Government agency into a privately-held corporation. Like many European nations, the United States could privatize its postal operator while maintaining strong regulatory oversight to ensure fair competition and reasonable prices for customers. The President's Task Force on the United States Postal System will make recommendations on reforms towards this goal in August 2018."

The USPS issued the following response to the restructuring proposal, available on the USPS website.

The call for postal reform has been ongoing for years - five years ago, the USPS said it was facing an "unprecedented set of financial challenges heightened by the inability of Congress to pass comprehensive postal legislation," which it has still yet to do.

But such a direct call for postal privatization is noteworthy.

What is also new: The President's task force will examine the definition of the universal service obligation in light of what it says are changes in technology, e-commerce, marketing practices, and customer needs.

Redefining universal service would be significant, and would make it easier to reduce and/or privatize the US Postal Service.

How do you think restructuring and privatization might impact USPS service and shipping rates for your ecommerce business?

Update 6/26/18: Government Executive published an article this evening about the the privatization plan's reception by lawmakers.

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by: marty This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 07:30:45 2018

"e-packets  are part of an International treaty that we are a party to."

I don't  know the content of these treaties just know that the price for flat envelopes containing merchandise went up up to 300% because is you send a piece of  blank paper, you can end it as flat piece, but if you purchased the same piece of paper with a picture on it for $10 on ebay, you have to mail it as a package.

Just got a little light package from Germany, 2-3 ozs, it cost them a couple of Euros. The same thing sent to Germany costs $14 because it is a package.

A disgrace!
As trump says...who signs these treaties? How come that I can't sent anything as e-packet?

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 07:31:26 2018

lt's Trump.  He's winning!  Next to come - the July 4 military parade!

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 07:34:03 2018

Well, one problem would be how do you convert public service employees to private?  And what about the postal boxes, would they remain?  I have a feeling 45 is looking at how AMZ delivers and is planning to deliver.

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This user has validated their user name. by: epuise

Thu Jun 28 09:44:05 2018

I do not want Mr. Bankruptcy Trump & the Sold My Soul To The Devil GOP anywhere NEAR the U.S.P.S. - neither should YOU.

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 10:40:34 2018

as a libertarian I would say YES but as an eBay 20 plus years seller I would emphatically say NO

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Thu Jun 28 10:52:13 2018

This is a 'Be Careful What You Wish For'. Let that sink in for a moment and look where we are today.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 28 12:39:19 2018

they don't need to privatize the po to kill those fricken epackets - the "King" could do it with one swipe of his hand and his illustrious pen

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