The Phoenix Principle: What’s wrong at the U.S. Postal Service – Market Shift

The Post Office saw this coming.  Over a decade ago the Post Office asked if it could enter new businesses in record retention (medical, income, taxation), automated bill payment, social security check administration and a raft of other opportunities that would provide government delivery and storage services to various agencies and to under-served users such as low-income and the elderly.  But its mandate did not include these services, and expansion into new markets required a change in charter which was not approved by Congress.  Thus, USPS was stuck doing what it has always done, as market shift pushed the Post Office increasingly into irrelevancy.

In fact there may be nothing wrong, if the excerpt is to be believed. They saw, they adapted, they weren’t permitted to succeed.

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