Trump and his vendetta against USPS is killing small business

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Trump and Dejoy....attacking the postal service for their own personal gain. How anyone can defend these crooked idiots is incredible.


'Like somebody turned off a switch': Small businesses say USPS delays are hitting them hard

Joe Cortese says his company, NobleSpirit, relies on the U.S. Postal Service to ship thousands of packages containing stamps and collectibles each year. But starting in June, he and his wife, Polly, began noticing problems with shipments.

“When we have something that has value, we are mindful of the progress it is making,” he says from his company's base in rural Pittsfield, New Hampshire. “Packages that would take two, three, or four days were literally taking three weeks, even four weeks.”

Cortese, 69, adds, “It was like somebody turned off a switch.”

Customers have contacted his company to ask about the progress of a package, and in some cases, asked for refunds. Sales have softened since the delivery delays began this summer, which Cortese suspects are due to weakening customer confidence that they’ll receive packages on time. The culprit, he believes, is change put in place at the Postal Service by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who stepped in the role in June.

Those changes, including limiting late deliveries and cracking down on overtime pay that resulted in delays in service across the country, have drawn scrutiny from lawmakers and customers, with particular concerns about how they affect mail-in ballots and prescription medication deliveries. But businesses like NobleSpirit say they’re also feeling the impact. And the complaints from angry customers are raising anxieties ahead of the busy holiday season.

“My biggest concern is customers will place orders at the beginning of December, and they will be told they won't get it until after Christmas, and all those orders will get refunded,” says Joseph Cobb, the owner of Cobb Co. Tech & Hobby in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Cobb, 36, whose company sells miniatures, paints, Legos and other hobby products, says that customers don’t blame the Postal Service when a package is late. “A lot of people just associate the retailer as the source of the problem, and the customer notes a bad review about the seller — not the shipper,” he says.

On-time handling for first-class mail has declined since June, according to an August report from the Postal Service. A separate August report from Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, a Democrat, found that delayed mail items more than doubled at the Postal Service Michigan Metroplex, a major sorting facility, after DeJoy stepped into his role. Peters said his office heard from more than 700 businesses as part of his investigation.

In a Congressional hearing last month, DeJoy said he was working on fixing delays. He also suspended some operational changes after criticism from lawmakers and customers.

In a statement to USA TODAY, the USPS said it’s improving its delivery service and is optimistic those trends will continue.

“Our workforce, like many others, have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in certain service disruptions,” said USPS spokesman David Partenheimer.

The postal agency is “increasing hiring based on local needs and improving process flows,” he added, noting that weekly data is showing “positive trends in performance improvement for mail service delivery.”

Yet slower delivery times aren’t new to the Postal Service, which has suffered from a long-term decline in the quality of its service – issues that predate DeJoy’s tenure, says Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank. First-class mail once took one to three days to deliver, but now the standard is two to three days, he notes.

At the heart of the problem is the Postal Service’s financial straits. In the most recent quarter, the post office said revenue rose by more than 3%, thanks to higher demand from e-commerce packages – but it lost $2.2 billion as spending jumped on benefits and retirement obligations, partly due to a 2006 law that requires the USPS to fund 75 years of retiree health care benefits.

At the same time, demand for first-class and marketing mail has declined. Given those dynamics, DeJoy’s focus on operational changes made sense, Steidler says. But DeJoy’s timing “could not have been worse” given the approaching election, he adds.

“The one thing that's not an option is for the Postal Service not to do anything new,” Steidler says. “Until it does things more efficiently and until Congress puts in holistic reform legislation, those chronic losses will continue.”

Business owners say their concerns aren’t political. Despite the USPS’s problems, the service is more affordable than rivals like UPS or FedEx, especially when it comes to global shipping.

For rural businesses like NobleSpirit, the USPS is a lifeline, says Polly Cortese.

“It’s a business issue,” says Cobb, the owner of the hobby company. “When a customer forces me to give a refund because their package has been stuck in a facility for 30 days, it definitely impacts the bottom line.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Small businesses: USPS delivery delays hit Main Street businesses hard


 

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Should also greatly benefit Trump's favorite guy, Jeff Bezos...
 

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Trump and Dejoy....attacking the postal service for their own personal gain. How anyone can defend these crooked idiots is incredible.


'Like somebody turned off a switch': Small businesses say USPS delays are hitting them hard

Joe Cortese says his company, NobleSpirit, relies on the U.S. Postal Service to ship thousands of packages containing stamps and collectibles each year. But starting in June, he and his wife, Polly, began noticing problems with shipments.

“When we have something that has value, we are mindful of the progress it is making,” he says from his company's base in rural Pittsfield, New Hampshire. “Packages that would take two, three, or four days were literally taking three weeks, even four weeks.”

Cortese, 69, adds, “It was like somebody turned off a switch.”

Customers have contacted his company to ask about the progress of a package, and in some cases, asked for refunds. Sales have softened since the delivery delays began this summer, which Cortese suspects are due to weakening customer confidence that they’ll receive packages on time. The culprit, he believes, is change put in place at the Postal Service by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who stepped in the role in June.

Those changes, including limiting late deliveries and cracking down on overtime pay that resulted in delays in service across the country, have drawn scrutiny from lawmakers and customers, with particular concerns about how they affect mail-in ballots and prescription medication deliveries. But businesses like NobleSpirit say they’re also feeling the impact. And the complaints from angry customers are raising anxieties ahead of the busy holiday season.

“My biggest concern is customers will place orders at the beginning of December, and they will be told they won't get it until after Christmas, and all those orders will get refunded,” says Joseph Cobb, the owner of Cobb Co. Tech & Hobby in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Cobb, 36, whose company sells miniatures, paints, Legos and other hobby products, says that customers don’t blame the Postal Service when a package is late. “A lot of people just associate the retailer as the source of the problem, and the customer notes a bad review about the seller — not the shipper,” he says.

On-time handling for first-class mail has declined since June, according to an August report from the Postal Service. A separate August report from Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, a Democrat, found that delayed mail items more than doubled at the Postal Service Michigan Metroplex, a major sorting facility, after DeJoy stepped into his role. Peters said his office heard from more than 700 businesses as part of his investigation.

In a Congressional hearing last month, DeJoy said he was working on fixing delays. He also suspended some operational changes after criticism from lawmakers and customers.

In a statement to USA TODAY, the USPS said it’s improving its delivery service and is optimistic those trends will continue.

“Our workforce, like many others, have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in certain service disruptions,” said USPS spokesman David Partenheimer.

The postal agency is “increasing hiring based on local needs and improving process flows,” he added, noting that weekly data is showing “positive trends in performance improvement for mail service delivery.”

Yet slower delivery times aren’t new to the Postal Service, which has suffered from a long-term decline in the quality of its service – issues that predate DeJoy’s tenure, says Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank. First-class mail once took one to three days to deliver, but now the standard is two to three days, he notes.

At the heart of the problem is the Postal Service’s financial straits. In the most recent quarter, the post office said revenue rose by more than 3%, thanks to higher demand from e-commerce packages – but it lost $2.2 billion as spending jumped on benefits and retirement obligations, partly due to a 2006 law that requires the USPS to fund 75 years of retiree health care benefits.

At the same time, demand for first-class and marketing mail has declined. Given those dynamics, DeJoy’s focus on operational changes made sense, Steidler says. But DeJoy’s timing “could not have been worse” given the approaching election, he adds.

“The one thing that's not an option is for the Postal Service not to do anything new,” Steidler says. “Until it does things more efficiently and until Congress puts in holistic reform legislation, those chronic losses will continue.”

Business owners say their concerns aren’t political. Despite the USPS’s problems, the service is more affordable than rivals like UPS or FedEx, especially when it comes to global shipping.

For rural businesses like NobleSpirit, the USPS is a lifeline, says Polly Cortese.

“It’s a business issue,” says Cobb, the owner of the hobby company. “When a customer forces me to give a refund because their package has been stuck in a facility for 30 days, it definitely impacts the bottom line.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Small businesses: USPS delivery delays hit Main Street businesses hard



But the article is actually interesting....from it we learn the following:

The USPS is slow and inefficient....with poor quality service
Yet they price their service for shipping below that of FedX and UPS in hopes of federal subsidies
Dejoy, who started in June wants to make the USPS more efficient and to not lose money....so this article says a collectibles businessman blames Dejoy for his problems
Your TDS translation? Trump (the best small business President in history) is hurting small business.

The end result is not going to be what Wally thinks (as usual). The end result is going to be that Amazon is going to have to start paying more to use the USPS. Trump has already hinted at that. And that's a good thing.
 

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But the article is actually interesting....from it we learn the following:

The USPS is slow and inefficient....with poor quality service
Yet they price their service for shipping below that of FedX and UPS in hopes of federal subsidies
Dejoy, who started in June wants to make the USPS more efficient and to not lose money....so this article says a collectibles businessman blames Dejoy for his problems
Your TDS translation? Trump (the best small business President in history) is hurting small business.

The end result is not going to be what Wally thinks (as usual). The end result is going to be that Amazon is going to have to start paying more to use the USPS. Trump has already hinted at that. And that's a good thing.
Since Trump has started his vendetta against USPS....and Dejoy has begun dismantling it....small businesses like the one in this story are being negatively affected.

I know why Trump wants to destroy USPS. And it's obvious why Dejoy wants to. But who'd have guessed that rightes were okay with them destroying small businesses in order to do it.

Just more proof that booj and the rest of the boys are simply following the lead of the cult.
 

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How could it not? As with everything else, they know their actions are going to cause harm; they just don't care.
Correct. And again....the righty bootlickers are proving that they don't give a damn about the country. They appluad as Trump stomps out the little guy for his own personal gain.

Disgusting stuff from the right. Seriously don't know if they can recover from their cultish ways at this point.
 

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More bogus and misleading posts from our (one of, anyway) board idiots. Proud of yor stocker. An economics degree with no understandong of business and economics.
 

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But the article is actually interesting....from it we learn the following:

The USPS is slow and inefficient....with poor quality service
Yet they price their service for shipping below that of FedX and UPS in hopes of federal subsidies
Dejoy, who started in June wants to make the USPS more efficient and to not lose money....so this article says a collectibles businessman blames Dejoy for his problems
Your TDS translation? Trump (the best small business President in history) is hurting small business.

The end result is not going to be what Wally thinks (as usual). The end result is going to be that Amazon is going to have to start paying more to use the USPS. Trump has already hinted at that. And that's a good thing.
Why not just raise rates instead of dismantling sorting machines? How does destroying built in capacity save money!
 

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More bogus and misleading posts from our (one of, anyway) board idiots. Proud of yor stocker. An economics degree with no understandong of business and economics.
How again does dismantling mail sorting machines save the post office money?
 

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More bogus and misleading posts from our (one of, anyway) board idiots. Proud of yor stocker. An economics degree with no understandong of business and economics.
Looks like one of the senior dotards got out of his padded room. Someone get the nurse. Dh soiled himself again.
 

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Small business loves trump.

NFIB monthly survey under obama showed biggest concern among small business owners was taxes and regulation. Under trump survey shows biggest concern is finding enuf competent employees.

Just another of many examples of an amazing first term. With an even playing field, Trump would win in a landslide.
 

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I know at least one small business who hates Trump...
 

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Small business loves trump.

NFIB monthly survey under obama showed biggest concern among small business owners was taxes and regulation. Under trump survey shows biggest concern is finding enuf competent employees.

Just another of many examples of an amazing first term. With an even playing field, Trump would win in a landslide.
The NFIB!!?? Well that settles that. Too bad Trump has been a horrible disaster....and the NFIB will be back to sweating buckets because of regulation. Let them dump sewage where they please.
 

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Since Trump has started his vendetta against USPS....and Dejoy has begun dismantling it....small businesses like the one in this story are being negatively affected.

I know why Trump wants to destroy USPS. And it's obvious why Dejoy wants to. But who'd have guessed that rightes were okay with them destroying small businesses in order to do it.

Just more proof that booj and the rest of the boys are simply following the lead of the cult.
If Trump tells his followers to chug Hyrdroxycholorquine on 11/4 if he loses would it really be that shocking?
 

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How again does dismantling mail sorting machines save the post office money?
Gosh, Wally. It's simple business economics. The Internet, texting, direct deposit, bill pay options, less magazines and catalogues, and more efficient private companies have put a huge dent in the Post Office business. It ain't coming back either, just like pay phones aren't coming back. Extra low use mail boxes, extra sorting machines that are under used or idle further damage the money pit known as USPS. Maintenance, employees, floor space and other wastes of money are being cut back to minimize the losses. DeJoy knows what he is doing and tryng to salvage the remains of a once proud Pony Express. Government is less and less the smart answer to solve problems.
 

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I don't see this posted.

Today a federal judge, on behalf of 14 states suing the postmaster, ordered an injunction against the changes made by DeJoy. The judge said they were part of a politically motivated attack on the institution.

What an outrageous example of judicial activism! Trump should be able to destroy the post office if he wants to!
 
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