Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Forever Stamp Price Increase to 55 Cents Takes Effect

Mail Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The cost of a Forever stamp jumped 10% this weekend — from 50 cents to 55 cents — as the U.S. Postal Service continues to struggle financially.

Catie O'Toole | Syracuse Media Group
January 28, 2019
Government, Business

New Postal Service Business Model Creates Opportunity for Growth, Consolidation Among Private Mail Haulers

Sheehy Mail Contractors Evo Transportation & Energy Services, a CNG fuel station operator, decided to compete for DRO contracts by in the last year buying four mail contractors, including Sheehy. (Sheehy Mail Contractors via Facebook)

A new distribution strategy by the U.S. Postal Service is forcing fundamental changes in the way private mail contractors operate and is leading to a surge in consolidation activity.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Postal Service Slammed with Seasonal Shipping

postal truck Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week alone.

Victoria Texas Advocate | Victoria Texas Advocate
December 18, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100, TCA

Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Amazon, USPS, UPS, FedEx

UPS Getty Images

Procrastinators take note: The deadline is fast approaching to get those gifts in the mail to arrive by Christmas Eve.

Doreen Christensen | Sun Sentinel
December 13, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Postal Service Will Suspend Delivery Dec. 5 to Honor Late President Bush

Postal Drop-box Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The United States Postal Service won’t be delivering mail Dec. 5 as part of the national day of mourning for the late former President George H.W. Bush.

Kate Feldman | New York Daily News
December 4, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Postal Service Gears Up for Holiday Deliveries

USPS Nati Harnik/Associated Press

The U.S. Postal Service said it expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to a release.

Tripp Girardeau | Aiken (S.C.) Standard
November 19, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Money-Losing Postal Service Hopes Trump Will Allow it to Alter Prices

USPS mail truck and delivery driver Elston Bradshaw, a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service closes a mail truck door after delivering mail to an apartment complex in Aventura, Fla. (Brynn Anderson/Associated Press)

A sobering review of the U.S. Postal Service by its inspector general finds that the agency’s ambitious 2015 “Window Change” program, which saves money by slowing letter delivery and closing and consolidating mail-processing centers, has cost more and saved far less than planned.

Joseph N. DiStefano | The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Amazon, FedEx, UPS Could Gain from Trump Threat to Leave Postal Union

Package warehouse Getty Images

U.S. e-commerce companies including and shippers such as FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. stand to gain from the Trump administration’s move Oct. 17 to withdraw from an international postal agreement.

Cheryl Bolen | Bloomberg News
October 18, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Plans Exit From Postal Treaty as Measure Against China

USPS truck Andrew Harrer/bloomberg News

President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from a 192-nation treaty that gives Chinese companies discounted shipping rates for small packages sent to American consumers, another escalation of his economic confrontation of Beijing.

Justin Sink and Alyza Sebenius | Bloomberg News
October 17, 2018
Government, Business

USPS Proposes Price Hike for Parcel Packages, Stamps

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The sticker price of parcel packages and first-class stamps will rise if the U.S. Postal Service has its way, with delivery prices for packages weighing more than one pound increasing 9.3%.

Transport Topics
October 12, 2018