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Millennials and the Mail

USPS OIG - Report - “As Millennials come into their economic prime, understanding how they use mail and the ways to best serve their needs is of crucial importance to the Postal Service…The OIG found that while there are some differences in how much Millennials usage various postal products compared with older generations, their satisfaction with USPS is similar. Our research indicates there are two primary opportunities to appeal to young consumers: enhancing convenience and increasing customization. The OIG also found that Millennials’ living arrangements are an important indicator of their engagement with and perception of the Postal Service. This research could be important for USPS’s product development and outreach strategies with Millennials.”

Closing the postal drug pipeline would aid opioid fight: Column

Poughkeepsie Journal - “Every day over a million packages enter our country without advance electronic data (AED), security information that allows Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other law enforcement agencies to screen and identify high-risk shipments, including opioids. While private carriers are required to include this data, AED is not mandated on packages sent via the global post and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).”         

Littleton post office closed temporarily

Lowell Sun - “The U.S. Postal Service office on King Street will be closed Tuesday and possibly Wednesday due to emergency parking lot...”

An Amazon puzzle: How many parcels does it ship, how much does it cost, and who delivers what share?

Save The Post Office - “A few days ago, Amazon released its 8-K financial report for the second quarter of 2018, which ended June 30.  Revenues continue to skyrocket.  For the quarter, revenues increased 39 percent to $52.9 billion, compared with $38 billion for the same period last year.  For the first six months of the fiscal year, revenues were $104 billion, compared to $74 billion for the same period last year, an increase of 40 percent.”

Walmart stumbles with its 'last mile' package delivery plan

Reuters - “Walmart’s own store employees would bring online orders directly to shoppers’ homes after completing their usual shifts of up to nine hours on the sales floors. Aiming to lower the retailer’s shipping costs by tapping its massive workforce, the program was part of a multi-pronged strategy to boost its $11.5 billion U.S. ecommerce business and tackle one of the biggest challenges in retail: the so-called “last mile” of delivering goods to online customers. Its workers, meanwhile, could earn extra money on top of their hourly pay, which starts at $11 an hour.”

Kavanaugh Sided With Trump Casino in 2012 to Thwart Union Drive

Bloomberg - “Six years before President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh sided with Trump Entertainment Resorts’ successful effort to thwart a unionization drive at one of its casinos.”

Trump has a $100 billion tax cut for the rich he wants to enact without Congress

Vox - “Soon after Donald Trump was elected, he was filmed strolling into a swanky New York City restaurant and telling fellow patrons, ‘We’ll get your taxes down — don’t worry.’ And he’s sticking to it. After already signing a tax bill that disproportionately benefits corporations and the wealthy, Trump’s administration is reportedly contemplating a unilateral move that would cut taxes, mainly for rich people, by $100 billion. Alan Rappeport and Jim Tankersley at the New York Times reported late Monday that the administration is considering bypassing Congress and attempting to cut capital gains taxes, a maneuver that is legally tenuous but, if undertaken, would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.”

Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries

The Guardian - “A Guardian investigation has revealed numerous cases of Amazon workers suffering from workplace accidents or injuries in its gigantic warehouse ...”

Amazon Is Reportedly Pushing Injured Workers Into Homelessness

Splinter - “A new report from the Guardian details the fate of Amazon workers who get injured on the job and can't keep up with its unrelenting pace.”