The Trump Administration Wants to Sell Access to Your Mailbox to Raise Money for the Post Office, and Yes, You Read That Right
The Trump administration is considering a vast expansion of who can access a person's mailbox in an attempt to financially reinvigorate the United States Postal Service. The move comes in a government report evaluating the current state of the USPS and ways to make it more lucrative. If enacted, the proposal would allow private companies to access a person's mailbox...for a price.
This is not to be confused with private companies accessing mailboxes for junk mail, because those advertisements are still delivered through USPS, which operates with what is known as the "mailbox monopoly," a 1934 policy that gives the USPS sole access to a person's mailbox. Under this proposal, companies like FedEx and United Parcel Service would have the option to pay for physical access to your mailbox instead of it being the sole prerogative of the USPS.
Trump Has Been Trying to Get the Postmaster General to Raise Rates on Amazon But She's Not Having It
President Donald Trump has made no secret of his distaste for the New York Times and The Washington Post — but he can’t stop reading them. And while he hasn’t slung much mud in the direction of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, owner of the Times, he has shown no such restraint with Post owner Jeff Bezos.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, is best known for owning online retail giant Amazon. Amazon uses the US Postal Service for the final leg of many of its deliveries in the US. Amazon undertakes all transport from their warehouses to the post offices nearest the delivery destination itself.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will not deliver mail on Presidents' Day 2018 (January 19), according to their official website. President's Day is a federal holiday, so all federal offices are closed. However, the USPS will still deliver Amazon packages on Sunday, before the holiday. All Post Offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
The good news: UPS and FedEx will still deliver on Presidents' Day. This means you should still receive packages from UPS and FedEx on time. You can find the complete list of holidays for 2018 on the UPS and FedEx websites.