November 10, 2013 |
Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays. Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities. Getting packages on Sundays normally is expensive for customers.
September 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing a “precarious financial condition” as fewer customers use its services, the United States Postal Service proposed another round of rate increases Wednesday to go into effect in January - its largest price hike since 2002. The plan - which would raise the cost of first-class stamps for one-ounce letters to 49 cents from 46 cents, among other changes - is intended to generate an additional $2 billion in annual revenue for the Postal Service. The agency expects to lose about $6 billion in the current fiscal year.
July 24, 2013 |
On a Tuesday night in which big, bouncing booties battled bedroom synth pop for supremacy, there were few losers at the Greek Theatre save for the uptight or boring. Co-opener Big Freedia, a shockingly charismatic New Orleans party starter with a combo mohawk/pompadour and known for a regional style of gay rap called sissy bounce, set the Greek ablaze -- with the help of three women and their miraculously nimble, and bawdy, butt dancing....
July 20, 2013 |
The members of the electro-pop group the Postal Service have slightly different recollections about what exactly they were doing just before playing this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But they each remember the night clearly. Keyboardist and arranger Jimmy Tamborello was "lying down trying not to think about it. It was the most stressful show I've ever played, but it was almost a relief right before going onstage, because it was so close to being over. " Vocalist Jenny Lewis said she was "backstage looking at Ben [Gibbard]
July 10, 2013 |
Britain is privatizing its Royal Mail postal service through a public stock offering within the next nine months. The step is expected as the British government has been giving the Royal Mail a big overhaul in preparation for going public, including paying its whopping $6.9-billion pension fund deficit and bolstering its profit. So far, so good. Revenue from parcel deliveries was up 13% in the last fiscal year, thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping. Overall profit climbed to $600.5 million, from $226.5 million in the previous year.
May 31, 2013
Re "Ailing Postal Service may yet fail to deliver," May 28 If the Department of Defense is the only other federal agency that pre-funds future retiree health benefits, it seems only right that the U.S. Postal Service should receive funding from taxpayers the same way as the Defense Department does: as a fixed allocation, not a loan from the Treasury, as the Postal Service's current status as a government corporation requires. The Postal Service fulfills a vital need, and it should be funded fairly.
May 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With a wide grin and a quick step, letter carrier Kenny Clark brings more than the day's mail to the people on his route in suburban Maryland. Clark, 49, greets nearly everyone he sees by name. He puts packages under eaves on overcast days to keep them dry, reminds people to retrieve keys they might have left in keyholes, and shouts a quick "You OK?" at the doors of seniors. "He's a neighborhood icon - him and his truck," said Amy Dick, who lives on Clark's route.
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May 15, 2013 |
Sometimes when dog bites man, it is news. The United States Postal Service released Wednesday its "top dog attack city rankings" with a "most vicious" Los Angeles topping the list. The City of Angels saw 69 dog attacks on postal employees in the 2012 fiscal year, according to an agency statement. San Antonio and Seattle tied for second with 42 incidents each. Two other California cities made the 14-spot list : San Francisco, which came in fourth with 38 attacks, and Sacramento, which tied Baltimore for eighth place with 29. Wichita, Kan., rounded out the rankings with 20 incidents.
May 10, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.9 billion during its second quarter -- and losses will continue mounting if Congress doesn't pass legislation giving the beleaguered mail carrier more flexibility in how it runs its operations, the postmaster general said Friday. “To return the Postal Service to solvency requires a comprehensive approach, which is reflected in our updated five-year business plan,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “The major elements of the plan must be pursued and executed within a short window of opportunity to avoid unsustainable losses and potentially becoming a long-term burden to the American taxpayer,” he said in a statement.
April 14, 2013 |
Many years ago -- it seems like a lifetime -- I used to hang around in a house in the Silver Lake hills lived in by Postal Service producer Jimmy Tamborello. He had a number of roommates, including a friend of mine named Pedro Benito, who once played in a band called Sunday's Best, and later in the Jealous Sound. The house had a great view of the reservoir and was the type of place that facilitated the comings and goings of a lot of creative types and many, many musicians. Tamborello was kind and quiet and spent most of his time in his bedroom crafting beats and instrumental tracks.