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Non-American here. Why at the start of the article does it say "...with an unlikely partner"?

(to be honest I immediately though of Owls! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBfxOatX0tU)

So any idea why Amazon-Post partnership was considered as "unlikely"?




Few people see the USPS as a serious shipping competitor to FedEx and UPS and others. They're for letter mail.


... Except for anyone doing business involved in shipping.

When I was reselling used books, USPS was the best ROI for shipping (packages and media).


With Priority Mail now offering $50 in free insurance to the flat rate packages, it's now the obvious choice for my online retail business.

Even before then it was the clear winner. Flat rate standardized (free) packaging is such an awesome perk. USPS loses way too many of my parcels, but it's just not worth going to UPS/FedEx and paying 2x the rate plus way more hassle for a slightly reduced lost package rate.


You should at least make UPS/FedEx available--I won't buy from you if you ship USPS only. Not worth my time for the potential hassle.


And I'm the opposite. I'll pick USPS over UPS/FedEx every time. In over 20 years of shipping I've never had a package show up at my doorstep damaged by the Postal Service. UPS can't even ship me their own envelope without ripping it. Don't even get me started on when amazon uses Lazership...

Of course you know what they say about the plural of anecdotes.


I've never had a USPS package show up damaged either, they just don't show up at all :).

Shipping is highly localized so options are always appreciated, a bad USPS delivery person or a bad UPS person can be all the difference.


It is good practice to offer multiple shipping options. Package delivery differs greatly by location. In some areas, the postal service is the best. In some areas, UPS. In some areas, Fedex.

That having been said -- because of the discounts offered to large shippers, the non-preferred carrier may cost 2x or 3x as much. For example, when Newegg switched from Fedex to UPS, they continued to offer Fedex. But they passed along the difference in price.


The number of customers I would gain by making that available doesn't outweigh the hassle of requiring another shipping provider. It's not even close (I've tested it).


I'm curious--what is your lost package rate with USPS?


Around 3%. Really outrageous to be honest, but most of my items are ~$50 so the insurance process and I are good friends.

And I should note that UPS loses a ton of packages too. I shipped 50 laptops once and 2 went mysteriously missing (aka stolen).


Perhaps because USPS is a pseudo-goverment organization, and the US government (and its many appendages) usually doesn't strike this sort of cooperative deal with private companies.


Except the USPS does. Just look at what they do for Netflix.




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