New study shows anti-competitive practices affecting USPS

While Amazon ostensibly advocates for postal reform, it has engaged in two types of anticompetitive conduct that threaten the solvency of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and evidence a desire to extend and perpetuate its dominance over e-commerce. First, Amazon has lobbied to combine mail and parcel delivery under one cost center, thus obscuring the latter’s contribution to institutional costs. Such a policy would allow Amazon to conceal the uneconomic pricing it receives under the Parcel Select program, the USPS ground bulk package “last-mile” delivery service that Amazon and other parcel shippers use.…continue reading →