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Kerrigan in the Washington Examiner: USPS Should Support, Not Impede, Small Business Growth

By at 26 January, 2017, 9:43 am

 

In a January 26, Op-ed in the Washington Examiner, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews some of the United States Postal Service’s practices and policies. For many years SBE Council has had to push back on U.S. Postal Service efforts to enter into new business ventures and services that compete with small businesses.

As she notes in her Op-ed:

“Unfortunately, the Postal Service has lost sight of its original mission. Today’s Postal Service is not as focused on letter mail delivery, but more interested in taking on services beyond their core mission like special delivery services for online retailers, flower deliveries, chocolate deliveries and fish deliveries in New York City.”

A policy that also allows overseas shippers cheaper prices than domestic shipping also creates an unfair playing field for our small businesses. She argues that the USPS should simply focus on its core mission – that is, delivering mail – and getting its fiscal house in order rather than obfuscating it problems by entering into private-sector markets and doing other things that undermine U.S. small businesses.

Read the full Op-ed here.

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