Can Booze Save the US Postal Service?

Legal alcohol delivery could make the U.S. Postal Service $50 million per year


With the U.S. Postal Service reporting a $740 million loss for the third quarter of 2013, mail officials are scrambling to figure out how to make the agency profitable. 

A ingredient to the recovery could be alcohol.

According to the Huffington Post, U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recently pitched an idea to allow the U.S. Postal Service to deliver beer, wine and spirits directly from wineries, breweries and distilleries straight to your doorstep. 

"U.S. law currently prevents the Postal Service from mailing alcohol," the Huffington Post reported. "The Postal Service even asks customers to cover any alcohol-related logos or labels if they choose to use an alcoholic beverage box for shipping."

Donahoe claims that adding alcohol delivery could raise $50 million per year.

But while the plan could generate dollars in theory, many smaller businesses like craft and microbreweries would likely not have the staff, resources and inventory to meet the demand of alcohol delivery service.

Additionally, local alcohol vendors could certainly take a hit if residents start turning to the mailman instead of making a beer run on their own.  

Do you think Congress should allow the U.S Postal Service to deliver alcohol? Would you use the service? Tell us in the comments!

Amanda Montgomery August 24, 2013 at 02:35 PM
You raise perfectly valid points, and of course there are issues of waste that should be addressed in virtually any business, and the pension system of most public offices is a complete and utter mess. That said, none of that will fix the current problems without Congress lifting the obscene requirements they saddled the USPS with: http://business.time.com/2013/02/07/how-healthcare-expenses-cost-us-saturday-postal-delivery/ As for the idea the private interests are not behind the whole thing, with a desire to run the USPS into the ground to replace with something private, please consider slimeball Congressman Darrell Issa: http://www.thenation.com/blog/173823/congress-refuses-allow-usps-fix-its-budget-woes#
Dave Robertson August 24, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Darrell Issa is a freak who should not be taken seriously - certainly not on this issue. The bottom line is that we NEED a mail system - unless we want to become completely a 3rd world nation. So we streamline the expenditure (especially pension) and system. The taxpayers can pick up the tab for the rest. Oh yes, and how about raising the cost of a stamp? The private carriers (UPS and FedEx) are raising their rates like gangbusters - but the USPS rarely does.
Bubbasixpack August 24, 2013 at 08:00 PM
The problem is that the post office is required to forward fund it's pension, unlike other entities. This means they have to have the money now, not in the future when they'll have the cash flow to help. No other program runs this way, all should. This is why Armageddon is now for them, as opposed to later for everyone else
Amanda Montgomery August 24, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Dave: glad we agree on Issa, he's a total assclown. And I agree we need a mail system, and I'm good with streamlining. It looks to me like we agree on just about everything, I was just trying to point out that it's not broke, or broken, but that Issa and his ilk are messing with it by forcing them to pay 75 years worth of pension funds in 10, which is not good planning, it's a poison pill they're using to try to take it down, not fix it. That's all. :)
Dave Robertson August 25, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Amanda: Ain't politics grand! I don't believe in party affiliation, so I won't go there - but I find that groups of politicians get these ideas to further their political goals by destruction of sorely needed institutions. Now all organizations are inefficient, but I suspect that our federal government runs at 20% efficiency (instead of a more normal 50%) simply because of the games they play. When did they forget the term "public servant!"


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