An investor writing for Seeking Alpha thinks Stalpes’ days are numbered, and the abrupt cancellation of its deal with the USPS proves it:
Nothing shows Staples’ vulnerability more than its reliance upon school supplies. The Wall Street Journal reported that Staples has killed a program to open post offices in its stores. The program was killed because the American Postal Workers Union was able to get two teachers’ unions to join it in a boycott of Staples. The postal workers were mad because Staples employees are nonunion.
Staples’ management was afraid that teachers would start telling parents not to shop for school supplies at its stores. With its recent revenue losses, Staples needs all the customers it can get.
Read more: Staples: The First Casualty Of The Wal-Mart/Amazon War – Staples, Inc. NASDAQ:SPLS | Seeking Alpha.
21st Century Postal Worker reports that the Carol Stream and South Suburban processing plants in Illinois, along with the Chicago NDC, have begun a six month test of sending non-machinable parcels (NMOs) to a United Parcel Service facility to be sorted. Under the plan, USPS employees tag the parcels as they arrive from collections, and then ship them to the UPS facility in Willow Springs IL, which will sort them and send them on to their destinations.
Incoming NMOs will also be sorted by UPS, with larger offices in the 601 ZIP area receiving their NMO parcels directly from the UPS plant.
21st Century Postal Worker Exchange for Messages of General Union Business.