Cornell professor Rick Geddes wrote a piece for CNN.com that gets to the more fundamental issues facing USPS and some imaginative ways of dealing with them. He suggests the following steps be taken:
- End the monopolies so that USPS has to face competition, which will make it lower costs and improve service. All 27 EU members have already done this.
- Create incentives for USPS to become a global competitor in the mail and package delivery market. That would mean the ability to enter new lines of business and make strategic alliances.
One final thought: it seems like most of the mail I get these days is catalogs and solicitations, that use a lot of paper and fuel as they make their way to my mailbox. Is it possible that, given the full environmental costs, the postage on these items is too low? Maybe we could get by on three days of delivery?