Smart Postal Service Move

The Postal Service has arranged to do Sunday deliveries for Amazon. This strikes me as a brilliant move for both parties, in particular for the USPS in gaining revenue both for that service, and by gaining overall volume by association. It strikes me that it will work best if they offer the service to others as well.

I don’t know the exact logistics of the USPS, but I know that people work behind the scenes, transporting and processing mail of various types

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, seven days a week. Since it is essentially an enhancement to overnight service, that’s the part of the operation that matters.

At FedEx Ground and Home, adding this would make less sense. First, those aren’t marketed as overnight/express services, for all they can be remarkably speedy. Second, while there exists no possibility of union quibbles, it would take some doing to persuade independent route owners to commit to an extra day. For that matter, two days, since both Home and Ground – and this would by definition be Home – only deliver five days per week. You couldn’t just commandeer their vans, and you’d need part time drivers. Third, to expand days of service would require the entire operation to run extra days. It’d be crazy. But this isn’t the direct competition, anyway.

I know less about the operations of FedEx Express, or the equivalent services of UPS. The USPS commitment impresses me in part because I can see the challenges involved with adding that day, with filtering out those specific packages, delivering those alone, when behind the scenes it might be normal routing of all the packages to distribution centers/terminals, or local post offices. I love these kinds of logistics.

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