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USPS Network Rationalization, “Separate Views of Chairman Goldway”, Commentary

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Please read the entire “Chairman Goldway Separate Views – N2012-1” before considering my extracts and comments below.  It is recommended that you take in the complete paper before considering other views.  This is considerably shorter than the Advisory Opinion itself.

“…reducing service quality may have price cap implications.”

This is a very, very important point.  I am glad to see that the Commissioner recognizes this, even though it falls outside of PAEA.  Reducing quality is totally akin to raising prices, or forcing mail owners to move to a more expensive product in order to ensure the same level of service they need.

“…multiple changes in service standards have a compounding impact that severely threatens mail volume.”

Instability, even perceived vs actual, is detrimental to mail volume in ways that cannot be accurately predicted or measured.  Preserving mail volumes, rather than writing them off

“I strongly believe that the information the Commission has developed is so persuasive that once it is carefully studied by the Postal Service and the mailing community, the Postal Service will utilize it, implementing a rationalization plan that saves costs while preserving service.”

I wish I was as optimistic as Chairman Goldway on this one.  I do not believe that the USPS is looking for fairness, balance, or a plan that is rational.  The USPS is focused solely on cost savings – no matter at what long term cost that “savings” actually comes at.  The USPS tends to have blinders on to any opinions that disagree with their own opinions.  There is a level of arrogance that seems to prevent them from considering viable alternatives.  On this point, I hope I am proven wrong.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 1st, 2012 at 8:57 am

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USPS $2bn cost-saving estimates “optimistic” says major review

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October 1st, 2012 at 8:52 am

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