Some days ago, it was all over the news that USPS lost $8.5 Billion and may be “broke” by this time next year. This news did not come as a surprise to most in the mailing business and not to ‘Postal Sanity” either. However, the $8.5 Billion figure is big enough to compel us throwing our 2 cents on top, with a productive intent, that is. So we compiled a list of our past posts, pointing the way to some obvious, and some rather unusual means to generate additional and much needed revenue for the U.S, Postal Service.
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Yes they do. And U.S. mailers are getting a true bargain. Modest postal rate increases are called for. Too bad that the PRC had to decline rate increases in its latest decision.
Smart-Phone users can send their treasured snapshots as postcards. USPS just needs to provide an easy to use application for the iPhone or the Android. All other necessary infrastructure is already in place. This is low hanging fruit.
Deutsche Post made a splash with their electronic letter “E-Postbrief”. The shift from paper based information into the digital realm will continue. And USPS may as well get on board early on, after all: The early bird catches the worm. But instead of re-inventing the wheel it may make sense to license a proven technology listed in this table.
The potential savings here are huge. Most postal operators are eying this possibility, and it will eventually be implemented as mail volumes continue to decline.
(Solar) Power Purchase Agreements provide positive cash flow from day one, with no upfront investment. Long term energy cost control for power hungry sorting centers.
Our most ludicrous idea to date. Nevertheless, it has a huge revenue potential and the implementation is very simple and cheap.
Reducing wait times and increasing customer service availability. Savings in labor and form management costs.
This one has been in the news again lately. It goes hand in hand with (Solar) Power Purchase Agreements (see above)
Grocery delivery services for remote areas yield additional income for routes already traveled during the last mile mail delivery. An interesting trend exists in Japan where online groceries, worth $15.6 billion, are sold.
Renting out sensor space on the USPS vehicle fleet to collect data about weather, air quality, gas leaks and more