The timely and efficient delivery of mail is essential for keeping the U.S. economy humming and supply chains efficient. Unlike package delivery, which is a competitive service, only the U.S. Postal Service can legally deliver mail. It has a monopoly on this essential public service, and its mission performance has degraded by having to handle so many packages. Packages by their very nature are disruptive to the free flow of mail. They are bigger, bulkier and do not go to every address. As such, the U.S. Postal Service should reengineer its process and price its services accordingly. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler discusses this in an Op-Ed here.
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