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It's Business School Types vs the U.S. Post Office

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive. 

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The Takeaway

The Postal Service Used to Make Multiple Deliveries Per Day

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Post Master General says that he has no choice but to cut Saturday mail delivery given the billions of dollars of debt in which the organization finds itself. Once upon a time the Postal Service delivered many, many times each day.

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Magazines Contend with End of Saturday Mail Delivery

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to suspend Saturday delivery is unwelcomed news for the struggling magazine industry. The glossies tend to arrive at the start of the weekend, when readers have more time to peruse stories and advertisements.


The Takeaway

A Look at the Impending Post Office Default

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The United States Postal Service is approaching a $5 billion default. Suddenly, officials are saying we might have to drastically restructure our mail program, but the post office says it could all be avoided with a vote by the House of Representatives. Is there a solution in sight?

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The Takeaway

Is the Post Office Default Manufactured?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

With the United States Post Office about to default on its $5 billion debt, they haven't yet received any help from Congress. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a democrat from Ohio, explains why he believes the default is manufactured.

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Transportation Nation

Postage Stamps Promote Green Transportation. Who Knew?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(photo by Jackie Yamanaka)

Not to mention car pooling, biking, and walking.

TN's Jackie Yamanaka received a letter with the above stamp, leading us to immediately research its provenance.

It turns out the U.S. Postal Service has produced a series of stamps with eco-friendly messages. One of them encourages the use of public transit. The others exhort recipients to "choose to walk,"  "share a ride," "maintain tire pressure," and "ride a bike."

It's also possible to purchase a stamp celebrating American infrastructure -- like Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Just a tip in case you want to send some snail mail TN's way we haven't seen these in person yet:




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Possible Post Office Closures in the Bronx Would Threaten a Way of Life

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The US Postal Service may close thousands of brick and mortar post offices by the end of the year as mail volume falls and an increasing number of people pay bills online.

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The Takeaway

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on Saving the USPS

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In a Senate hearing yesterday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called for Congress to take action to help the U.S. Postal Service pay its bills and avoid defaulting. In his testimony, Donahoe proposed cutting more than 120,000 jobs, closing 300 out of 500 processing centers and thousands of post offices around the country, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery. The Obama administration has proposed giving the USPS an extra three months to make a $5.5 billion payment due on Sept. 30.

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New Yorkers Fight Possible Post Office Closures

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Thirty-four post offices in New York City are among those that could face closure under a new plan by the U.S. Postal Service to monitor 3,653 post offices nationwide to decide if they should be shuttered.


The Takeaway

Nearly 4,000 US Post Offices at Risk of Closure

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yesterday, the United States Postal Service released a list of 3,653 post offices it will be reviewing and could potentially close because of low activity and workload. Most of these threatened branches are in rural areas of the United States.

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The Takeaway

Proposed Postal Cuts Will Curb Netflix Deliveries

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

With the United States Postal Service's proposal to stop Saturday deliveries, you may only be able to get your Netflix choices five days out of the week instead of six. Ethan Epstein, a blogger for Truth/Slant, and contributor to Slate magazine, shares how Netflix will be affected if Saturday deliveries become a thing of the past.


The Takeaway

USPS Woes May Bring End to Saturday Delivery

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Receiving mail on Saturdays could soon be a thing of the past, if the United States Postal Service has its way. The organization, which has been struggling in the wake of an extreme dip in business, has proposed a set of changes that could help it survive, including ending deliveries on Saturdays and closing down offices.


The Takeaway

USPS Proposes to Cut Saturday Mail Delivery

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The United States Postal Service carries a $10 billion debt, but is legally prohibited from many cost-cutting measures like closing offices. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains why the USPS is losing money, and how the new proposal aims to help.