EP 459 The Future of the Post Office

‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds’ has been the mantra of the United States Postal Service since its roots in 1775 before our country was formed.  It is one of the few government agencies explicitly referred to in the U.S. Constitution.  While the USPS remains a vital service its finances are in jeopardy because of a requirement that it forward find its pension obligations, competition from private deliverers like UPS and Fed Ex as well as the internet’s impact on the quantity of first class mail.  With no operating funding from the federal government, it has looked into ways to stay afloat as politicians wrangle about its continuing role in our society, particularly in the wake of the 2020 elections.  Dave Lewis, president of Snailworks, discusses a range of issues affecting its ongoing importance and its future.