This year, the United States Postal Service saw an increase in revenue for the first time in five years. Still, it lost $5 billion. With this dismal outlook facing the agency, it has started adopting additional revenue streams.
As part of the USPS’s “retail partner expansion program,” strategic business partnerships with retail giants like Staples will establish in-store centers that could help the financially strapped agency by providing greater customer reach and a range of accommodations. With the first centers having opened earlier this month in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Worchester, Atlanta, and San Diego, the USPS will be opening kiosks at 82 Staples locations across the U.S.
These new kiosks will offer products and services like stamps and package delivery, and the USPS will become the sole shipping option at those Staples locations.
In addition to the partnership with Staples, it was reported earlier this month that the USPS would partner with Amazon to deliver packages on Sunday. Using USPS workers and truck drivers, the program would benefit the online retail giant by delivering packages at regular rates on Sundays as opposed to the previously required, and more expensive, Express Mail service for Sunday delivery. This program could provide a much-needed capital boon to the USPS, and will start in Los Angeles and New York with the potential to spread to Washington, D.C. and other areas around the country next year.
When you’re losing $5 billion in a good year, it’s clear that you need to shake up your business model. It remains to be seen if these “satellite” locations are the answer.
Sources: The Washington Post