USPS – What to Do With 50 Percent

With annoying regularity, the Postal Service increases prices for first class postage. It’s annoying because first class postage is highly profitable and does not need a regular rate increase to remain profitable for many years. On the other hand, postal charges for parcels, especially those from ecommerce shippers, are somewhat underpriced. In effect, UPSP is […]

Washington Examiner: U.S. Postal Service Doesn’t Need More Money; It Needs Reform

A proposal pending before the Postal Regulatory Commission would authorize the U.S. Postal Service to dramatically increase prices on consumers, while the agency’s long-standing financial mismanagement is largely ignored. In recent years, the Postal Service’s already precarious financial situation has worsened. In the last decade, the agency has reported more than $65 billion in losses […]

Morning Consult: Before Raising Rates, Postal Service Should Address Mismanagement

After years of soaring deficits, including $2.7 billion in losses in 2017, the United States Postal Service’s financial condition continues to worsen, and a recent proposal by federal regulators fails to address the root of the problem. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), which has oversight authority over the Postal Service, is considering authorizing substantial postal […]

Consumer Advocates and Other Groups Strongly Oppose Postal Regulator’s Plan for Major Price System Overhaul and Rate Increases

This month, American Consumer Institute (ACI) along with many organizations and analysts have expressed concerns with the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) plan for drastic US Postal Service rates hikes for each of the next 5 years. As ACI contends, such proposals have been ushered to the public using faulty logic about the challenges facing the […]

ACI’s Regulatory Filing: How to Save the Postal Service From Collapse

ACI filed its comments with the United States Postal Commission in regard to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Docket RM2017-3.  ACI’s filing provides empirical evidence that shows significant cost shifting from competitive services facing market rivalry to monopoly services now subject to financial collapse, and it recommends ways to financially save the postal service […]

ACI Reacts to Continued Fiscal Chaos at the U.S. Postal Service

Today, the U.S. Postal Service detailed a loss of $540 million in its financial report for the first quarter for the new fiscal year. Given the peculiar financial management path that the Postal Service has taken in recent years, The American Consumers Institute (ACI) is hardly surprised by the organization losing over $65 billion over […]

Dear Consumers: Get Ready for the Coming Postal Bailout

The latest news surrounding the U.S. Postal Service is that the price of stamps is climbing from 49 cents to now 50 cents next week. However, the Postal Service and its leadership aren’t being so forthcoming about the upcoming tidal wave of rate hikes that will impact millions of individuals across the country who use […]

Forbes: A Failed Postal Mission

Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its financial report for the 2017 fiscal year in which its leadership detailed a greatly concerning loss of $2.7 billion. These results, while unsurprising, point to a critical need for USPS leaders, regulators and lawmakers to institute improved management practices for the agency that has suffered multi-billion losses […]

FORBES: After Losing Billions Again, Postal Service Needs A New Structure, Not Price Increases

Last week the U.S. Postal Service released is latest quarterly financial report, which detailed an immense loss of $2.1 billion. While the Postal Service’s downward financial spiral has clearly continued in unsurprising fashion, the report also reveals some emerging trends that are also worthy of further discussion and scrutiny. Most notably, the Postal Service’s favored […]