Lately, we’ve all been hearing about the destruction of the USPS. I’ve heard lots of reasons why the current administration might want to destroy the USPS, but I’m not really interested in why they want to do so. Whatever the reason, it’s an issue that’s more than theoretical to me. The USPS is crucial to my small business and other small business owners. Unlike large companies, like Amazon, Walmart or Target, we don’t ship enough goods to negotiate better shipping deals with private shipping companies. The USPS shipping rates are so much better than private companies’ rates.
Let’s look at this in real life. The following is a screenshot of the shipping rates provided by my mug supplier for shipping of just 1 mug:
As you can see, the shipping options via private companies, like UPS and FedEx, are all more than double the USPS Priority Mail rate. Those extra costs for shipping for small businesses will inevitably be passed on to consumers, which means if you order or shop with small businesses, your shipping costs will likely increase if something isn’t done to save the USPS.
But, there are so many other reasons to save the USPS, too. Often, they are the only ones who will deliver to rural areas. Rural areas depend on their services to get medications and other important items. Additionally, if leaders opt to not provide relief to the USPS, simple things like mailing a card or bill will cost so much more for everyone.
There are some actionable steps you can take to save the USPS. These steps aren’t overcomplicated or expensive, so if you are interested in saving the USPS, pick one or all of these steps to take:
Feel free to share these graphics, too! And, come November, remember to vote for candidates who support saving the USPS.