The Amazon blame took another turn on Thursday when President Donald Trump turned the wheel back to the US Postal Service. Amazon.com Inc. is a practical scapegoat for just about every problem. The mail is no different.
Amazon does not kill the post. Since signing a milestone contract in 201
U.S. Mail is also needed to cover every American using vehicles that roam neighborhoods six days a week (or seven if Amazon has a package ready). The postal service has said that it actually makes money for the Amazon deal. E-commerce revenues provide "an essential support to the network and infrastructure that enables us to fulfill our universal service obligation," wrote David Partenheimer, a spokesman for the Post, in a January Op-Ed. "All users of the post benefit."
Amazon built its delivery network around the post office a few years ago. The company operates " sorting centers" that complement warehouses and organize parcels by zip code before being sent to the post offices for the final delivery. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Amazon has a million-square-foot warehouse connected to a 500,000-square-foot sorting center with a covered conveyor belt similar to an airport skybridge.
The end of the US postal relationship would probably be a bigger setback for Amazon than for the post. On a dark day in late 2011, when the Postmaster-General proposed cutting 100,000 employees and closing thousands of post offices, EBay Inc. shares fell more than 6 percent. Amazon Deal came soon after, and radical cuts were avoided – probably no coincidence.
Thus, the e-commerce giant has freed the post from the livelihood security, but any benefit beyond that is minimal. No more than a complete overhaul of the postal system, a kind of financial restructuring or a move away from these promises in the healthcare sector would make the Post a sustainable business.
Maybe that's [Trumps Ziel]. Building a cartel trial against Amazon – an idea that the president has spread – is a big job. Amazon's five-year post contract could be extended this year. The breakdown of this relationship would be an easier way for Trump to damage the [#19659016] AmazonWashingtonPost as he calls it.
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