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Video: USPS Amazon Fresh Deliveries in San Francisco

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Video: USPS Amazon Fresh Deliveries in San Francisco |.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – The Postal Service began a test in the San Francisco area this past August to see if delivering packages in the early morning hours was feasible.

The Postal Service has since filed a request with the with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to conduct a two-year market test of customized delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods.

With PRC approval, the test would begin on or shortly after October 24 and expand nationwide with a focus on major metropolitan cities.

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Curiously, take a look at past notes regarding USPS Load Leveling.  One of the USPS reasons for the change was to get carriers off the street before dark.  Unless they are delivering groceries?  Is 3am dark different than 7pm dark?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 1st, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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U.S. Postal Service to Maintain Current Product and Service Prices

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From an official Industry Alert from USPS:

U.S. Postal Service to Maintain Current Product and Service Prices

Oct. 1, 2014–The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have decided not to seek a price change for mail and shipping products and services in January in part because of the uncertainty regarding the exigent price increase.  This means that the current pricing of postal products and services will remain in effect through the holiday season and early part of 2015.  The Board will continue to evaluate pricing strategies and will communicate about any potential price change filings in early 2015.  As always, the Postal Service will provide customers advance notice of any price changes.

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All indicators point to the USPS being on the losing end of their grabbing at exigency.  That will force them to roll back prices in 2015.  That, coupled with their totally stressed IT infrastructure, issues with PostalOne! and focus on minutia metrics for future assessments.  And for those who budget a year in advance, like most companies, “early 2015” is not definitive enough.  The USPS should have at least a 5 year plan so companies can invest and grow with them.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 1st, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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