7-11 as Universal Shipping Hub?

The US Postal Service (USPS) like the federal government has major financial problems and talk of laying off tens of thousands of postal workers and cutting back delivery days to five a week abounds. You have to ask yourself, why on earth does the post office need so many offices? They can close down a large percentage with minimal inconvenience and will likely be forced to do so.

In situations where the USPS still needs limited operations, it should take a page from Dunkin Donuts who locates stores in gas stations presumably to save money.

Amazon is rumored to be opening up kiosks in 7-Eleven stores where customers will be able to buy things and have their packages delivered. And this got me thinking… Why wouldn’t the post office do the same thing?

Granted, if the Post Office did decide to emulate Amazon and save costs it may go down in history as the first time the term government efficiency was correctly used. But all kidding aside, isn’t it time for the feds to own up to the fact that they are out of money, having to borrow 40 cents on the dollar from other countries like China – and sell some of their excess real estate?

Disclosure: I am an investor in Dunkin Donuts and love their egg white sandwiches.

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