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Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Loses $2.2 Billion in 3 Months as Virus Woes Persist

Louis DeJoy accepts Elon's Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2017. Louis DeJoy, the new Postmaster General, accepts Elon University's Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in March 2017. (Kim Walker/Elon University via Associated Press)

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

Matthew Daly | Associated Press
August 7, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Election Role Becomes Flashpoint in Stimulus Talks

A USPS letter carrier prepares mail for delivery. A letter carrier prepares mail for delivery at a USPS facility in Fairfax, Va., on May 19. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News).

House Democrats want to throw a financial lifeline to the struggling U.S. Postal Service amid concerns that mail delays could lead to hundreds of thousands of legitimate votes being thrown out, potentially skewing the election. Senate Republicans say the money isn’t needed.

August 6, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

USPS Grapples With Financial Crisis as Mail Delays Continue

USPS trucks sit parked behind a post office in New Jersey on in January. USPS trucks sit parked behind a post office in New Jersey on in January. For many in the U.S. this year, USPS delivery delays have grown increasingly severe. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

Earlier this month, local letter carriers were told to delay delivering mail in order to save money for the United States Postal Service, a direction that apparently came from top federal officials to mail carriers throughout the country.

Kate Snyder | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
July 29, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Former XPO Executive to Become Next Postmaster General

Louis DeJoy, a former XPO executive, will be the next postmaster general. Priority mail packages sit on a conveyor belt at the USPS Merrifield processing and distribution center in Virginia in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A Republican fundraiser and political donor from North Carolina who also worked as an executive at XPO Logistics will be the next postmaster general.

May 7, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Criticizes Postal Service, Says It Should Boost Rates for Amazon

A USPS worker unloads a truck in San Francisco in December 2019. A USPS worker unloads a truck in San Francisco in December 2019. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said the U.S. Postal Service is “a joke” and should quadruple the rate it charges major companies to ship a package, but is too frightened of Amazon .com Inc. to do so.

April 24, 2020
Government, Logistics, TCA

USPS Under Scrutiny on Wisconsin Ballot Delays

Packages sit in cardboard bins at the USPS Merrifield processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. Packages sit in cardboard bins at the USPS Merrifield processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The United States Postal Service says that domestic deliveries of mail usually arrive in 1-3 business days. That’s not always the case, as is becoming clear to many of Wisconsin’s registered voters who requested absentee ballots that never arrived.

Adam Rogan | The Journal Times
April 10, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

About 2,000 USPS Workers Are Quarantined Over Coronavirus Concerns

A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Around 2,000 U.S. Postal Service employees nationwide are in quarantine over concerns that they may have been exposed to coronavirus, and more than 60 have tested positive for the virus, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Postal Service.

Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media Group
March 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Holiday Returns Drive Demand for Reverse Logistics

A customer returns gifts to a Kohl's Department store. A customer returns items to a Kohl's Department store. (Jack Sauer/Associated Press)

Reverse logistics is part of retailers’ year-round operations, but returns ramp up during the holidays.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 3, 2020
Government, Business

Postal Service Losses Up Even As Package Revenue Jumps 6.1%

USPS worker A USPS letter carrier in the East Atlanta post office. Net loss for fiscal year 2019 was $8.8 billion, and increase of $4.9 billion compared to last year. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

The U.S. Postal Service saw revenue jump for the 2019 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, thanks largely to an increase in package volume.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Universal Postal Union Rejects Trump’s Favored Reform Plan

Navarro Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

In a showdown Sept. 24 at a Universal Postal Union meeting, countries rejected the Trump administration’s favored approach to an international mail problem that is making the U.S. consider leaving the 145-year-old body.

Jamey Keatan | Associated Press
September 24, 2019

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