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Mar 13, 2017

COURIERS' WAR * USA

* DC - How reforms could turn U.S. Postal Service into threat for UPS and FedEx

--- The chronically beleaguered U.S. Postal Service may be headed for a refresh, courtesy of major reforms proposed in Congress... But UPS and FedEx might not like the reformed agency that will ultimately emerge from the process... A Morgan Stanley report this month suggests that a streamlined, flexible USPS could pose a threat to the two private logistics behemoths, particularly in e-commerce delivery services... David G. Ross, an analyst with Stifel Financial Corp., is skeptical that such government efforts will significantly shake up the industry pecking order. USPS leads the business-to-consumer delivery market by a wide margin, often partnering with FedEx SmartPost and UPS SurePost. Meanwhile, FedEx and UPS hold the advantage in sortation and last-mile delivery, he said... FedEx and UPS also invest billions of dollars annually into new, expanded and automated facilities that can accommodate growing demand for e-commerce delivery, Ross said. The companies also pour funds into improvements to their delivery services, networks and customer service... 
(Photo: Flickr - A USPS postal delivery van parked in Colorado)   -- Washington, DC, USA - Trucks.com, by TIFFANY HSU - March 6, 2017

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