There are many opinions on how to handle the financial crisis of the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, and the options being discussed seem as diverse as the services offered by the 200 year old entity itself.
One of the options being considered in Congress is to allow the Post Office to ship wine and malt beverages. That’s something that’s currently off the menu.
On May 17, 2011, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, in a statement before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, has confirmed that, “we could realize a significant increase in revenue by being permitted to handle the mailing of beer and wine.”
How much revenue the Post Office can generate from this service isn’t exactly clear, but it is likely to produce an increase in shipping demands by customers.
Several other options suggested by various stakeholders to expand Postal services include:
- Copying and notarizing documents
- Selling hunting and fishing licenses
- Offering electronic bill payments and e-mail accounts
- Selling file storage space on its secured servers
Each option comes with its own set of challenges, but the efforts of pursuit could create beneficial rewards.
To view the proposed senate bill, click here.
Postmaster General Donahoe’s statement can be viewed here.
Do you think that the Post Office should be allowed to offer alternative services?