|Thu Jan 26 2017 20:43:33|
Could Trump Freeze Spell Bad News for Online Sellers?
By: Ina Steiner
A move by President Trump in his first week in office could have an impact on online sellers. The President put a freeze on hiring
of Federal workers (except for the military) and ordered the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government's workforce through attrition.
Whatever your political views, if that extends to US Postal Service workers, it has the potential to impact service. While online sellers can choose to ship via UPS and FedEx, the USPS often offers the most value for micro sellers.
The memorandum states that no Federal agency can fill vacant positions, and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances.
After PostalNews raised the issue, we reached out to the USPS on Monday, but it hasn't yet provided an official response. But PostalNews ran a followup story
and said the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) had received the following response from USPS on Tuesday:
"The Postal Service provides an essential service to the people and businesses of the United States, and is a critical part of our nation's infrastructure. In view of our independent status, past Executive Orders imposing hiring freezes on Executive Departments and Agencies have not applied to the Postal Service. We have reached out to the Administration to discuss this matter."
Another challenge ahead is legislation - postal reform may have a greater likelihood of passing this year.
With shipping costs rising on the one hand, and consumers still believing in "free" shipping on the other, things could get very challenging for smalls sellers indeed.