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As USPS slows down mail delivery, some letters are taking even longer to arrive than the new rules allow

The U.S. mail is slowing down. In January, the Postal Service eliminated overnight delivery for local first-class letters that used to arrive the next day. Anywhere from 20 percent to half of the rest of the first-class mail sent every day now takes an extra day of delivery time. Service standards have been relaxing since 2012, when the volume […]

DB Schenker Rail UK to continue operating Royal Mail services

DB Schenker Rail UK has secured a contract from UK's postal service company Royal Mail to operate mail services on the West Coast and East Coast main lines.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s the mail drone!

Techcrunch says: The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland...Show More Summary

Swiss Postal Service Will Start Using Delivery Drones in Pilot Program This Summer

Swiss Post, Switzerland's postal service, wants to make drone mail delivery happen. For real. The service is partnering with delivery drone company Matternet to run a pilot this summer in which ONE drones will carry pieces of mail weighing...Show More Summary

Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt the first drone deliveries using Matternet, a company that is working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer and they...Show More Summary

The U.S.'s Century-Old Snail Mail Surveillance Sparks A New Privacy Argument

Critics say the U.S. Postal Service, which photographs every piece of mail, doesn't do enough to protect the privacy of Americans. A lawyers' group called this week for greater oversight of a program giving law enforcement officials access to metadata from private communications for criminal investigations and national security purposes. Read Full Story

Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

4 days agoNews : Truthdig

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

The U.S. Postal Service has octocopter drones on the brain

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is looking for companies to give it the edge for delivering the mail in the future. This means seeking bids with manufacturers who can provide new and better ways to advance its fleet of … Continue reading ?

New Postal Service fleet could include drones

Among the bidders is a company that is offering electric trucks that become drone launchers.        

U.S. Postal Service selects drone as potential new delivery vehicle

Amazon isn’t the only U.S. company investigating the use of delivery drones. The Postal Service is, too, and they’ve just shortlisted this 8-rotor carbon fiber beast as full of potential for future post […]

Report Seeks Overhaul of Postal Service Surveillance Program

6 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

The program, which records information on letters and packages sent to suspects, lacks oversight, a report by a national defense lawyers’ group said.

Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters

Various postal bills in recent years have called for greater use of curbside mail drop offs and neighborhood cluster boxes as a way to help the U.S. Postal Service return to profitability. The idea is that mail carriers could do their...Show More Summary

Mug Shot Monday! Mark Maxwell, 1919

In August 1919, Mark Maxwell worked for the railway division of the US Postal Service when he embezzled $9,000 from registered banking deposits bound for the Federal Reserve. Stationed in Mansfield, Washington, Maxwell tried to evade capture by traveling across the country to New York City. Distancing himself from the crime didn’t help and the […]

Texas Businessman Loses Decades-Long Fight Against Feds

Texas businessman William Moore was acquitted in 1989 of charges that he was part of a scheme to bribe a top official at the U.S. Postal Service. After more than two decades of litigation, a judge on Friday dismissed Moore’s civil case against the feds, finding he failed to prove he was the victim of malicious prosecution.       

Swiss to test drone postal service

Switzerland's postal service to pilot drones for delivery.

Tax Day at USPS: They don’t file ‘em like they used to

www.dailycamera.com – Brian Sperry, a 30-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, recalls a simpler time, when Hillary Clinton still lived in Arkansas and Tax Day was a “three-ring circus” at post offices across the country. “People would line up... The post Tax Day at USPS: They don’t file ‘em like they used to appeared first on.

Postal Service Headed for Disaster

The United States Postal Service is careening toward financial catastrophe, posting a $5.5 billion loss in fiscal year 2014. It’s the eighth year in a row with multi-billion-dollar losses, and

Afternoon Coffee: Oil Supplies Stall, And Is It A Bird? A Plane? What Will New USPS Vehicle Be?

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Oil inventories barely increased last week, pushing the price of oil up today. And, 15 suppliers are competing to create the next US Postal Service vehicle, which could be anything from a battery-powered car to a high-tech drone. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news. (Read more...)

Florida man arrested after landing small helicopter on U.S. Capitol grounds

last weekNews : The Newsroom

A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. Doug Hughes, 61, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier...Show More Summary

That Time the Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail

When a Florida mailman landed a gyrocopter with a USPS logo on the lawn of the Capitol today, I’m sure you were asking yourself the same question I was: Does the postal service really deliver mail via gyrocopter? Not today. But it turns out they did, back in the 1930s. Read more...

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