A rural post office was told to prioritize Amazon packages. Chaos ensued.

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Washington Post: BEMIDJI, Minn. — When Delbert Mikelson’s mail started showing up late — and sometimes not showing up at all — he blamed it on the opening of deer season. “I thought my carrier was out hunting,” Mikelson said over a breakfast of eggs and pancakes at Raphael’s Bakery Cafe in downtown Bemidji. But it wasn’t the buck hunt delaying … Read More

Confessions of a U.S. Postal Worker: “We deliver Amazon packages until we drop dead.”

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Medium.com: Earlier this year, Amazon became the second U.S.-based company to be valued at more than $1 trillion. Yet for all its dominance and efficiency, Amazon relies on a dusty, centuries-old system to deliver at least a third—and possibly as much as half—of its packages around the country: the United States Postal Service. In mid-October, I spoke with a mail … Read More

Is Amazon exploiting the post office? No more than any other company in U.S. history.

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Newsday: Everyone knows that President Donald Trump loves feuds, but one of his strangest targets is Amazon. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the retail giant is “scamming” the U.S. post office by taking advantage of the venerable institution’s low shipping rates. Trump has long complained about the Washington Post, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ownership of it. But it’s still … Read More

Amazon and UPS have been quietly fighting over the post office’s cost structure — long before Trump

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CNBC: President Trump isn’t the only one questioning the post office’s pricing strategy. UPS, the shipping giant, has been in a back-and-forth with Amazon in recent years over the post office’s cost structure, which has direct impact on how the Postal Service sets its package shipping prices, according to public documents filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In a … Read More

Talk about Fake News: How a flawed Citigroup analysis led to Trump’s bogus tweets about Amazon and the Postal Service

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BY STEVE HUTKINS President Trump is continuing his Twitter attack on Amazon over its deal with the Postal Service.  Yesterday Trump tweeted, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country… … Read More

What Trump Is Getting Wrong About the Postal Service and Amazon

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Government Executive: President Trump has taken a keen interest in the relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, though the facts he has presented on it are likely incorrect and based upon faulty assumptions. The president has repeatedly fired off tweets castigating the federal mailing agency for maintaining what he views as a sweetheart deal to deliver packages for the … Read More