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(Electrek)   Tired of snail mail losing to email, USPS tries splitting the difference with e-bike-mail   (electrek.co) divider line
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1296 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Jun 2022 at 3:05 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-06-04 3:17:58 AM  
Ehh, it makes sense in older neighborhoods where they have doorside delivery. Jam the mailbox full of direct mail ads people will ignore and use for kindling, the maybe drop a few larger items.
 
2022-06-04 5:37:25 AM  

wildcardjack: Ehh, it makes sense in older neighborhoods where they have doorside delivery. Jam the mailbox full of direct mail ads people will ignore and use for kindling, the maybe drop a few larger items.


"off my lawn" type writing detected.
 
2022-06-04 6:03:50 AM  
Ha Ha, I worked for the USPS for my first retirement job, good luck fitting the 1500 letter delivers plus the 600 pounds of packages for a ten hour day where I live.
/first job I ever quit in my 45 years of working
//the vehicles were so badly maintained I had to go with a different hot box every day to walk my 15 miles of deliveries
///Ha Ha
 
2022-06-04 6:05:33 AM  
I'm glad they improved on my idea. Rickshaws pulled by carriers was, perhaps, slightly demeaning.
 
2022-06-04 7:15:20 AM  
Excellent use of the Plug tag.
 
2022-06-04 7:31:23 AM  
Sitting on a bike seat for eight hours is a no thank you for me. Sweating my ass off in summer and getting bit by insects is a no thank you and winter might be worse. Rain. Absolutely no protection from a animal attack. It is just big enough a driver not paying attention to hit you. The doors open on three sides so you have to stand in the road and swing open a door. No thank you.
 
2022-06-04 7:45:26 AM  
Sounds like a good opportunity to advance your career from newspaper delivery person to a mail carrier.
 
2022-06-04 7:49:24 AM  
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds
 
2022-06-04 8:09:55 AM  
Will the USPS team up with Domino's to deliver pizzas?
 
2022-06-04 8:52:10 AM  
I'm asking the important questions.  Can they still pop wheelies?
 
2022-06-04 9:10:08 AM  
An associate tried to buy several electric city vehicles for a fleet of delivery trucks/taxis. He and his partners are in a university town. The plan they had was to get the delivery and private taxi services in town consolidated and hire university students on flexible schedules. That way the students got paid an hourly rate, they would have limited benefits, and they would not be putting wear or tear on their automobiles to make runs from wherever to wherever in town. They could just show up when they wanted and work until they decided to stop. The vehicles could be changed from passenger to delivery by just folding down the back seat.

Sadly, covid and the university officials basically killed the idea.

I felt bad for them, they were just out of getting their masters and saw how students were basically barely making a profit using their own cars. It was a solid idea ruined by bad timing and bureaucracy. At least they had not ordered the trucks so the financial hit was not as devastating.

The last I heard they were going to try it in a different town where the university and city council were not as opposed to new technology.
 
2022-06-04 9:20:31 AM  
The only thing I know about electric vehicles is that any time you mention them online, old white people come out in droves to explain that they're useless since you can't use one to drag an entire tree from California to Maine in less than 24 hours. I don't know why they are obsessed with 2000 mile trips, but that's all they talk about.
 
2022-06-04 9:30:23 AM  

One Size Fits Some: The only thing I know about electric vehicles is that any time you mention them online, old white people come out in droves to explain that they're useless since you can't use one to drag an entire tree from California to Maine in less than 24 hours. I don't know why they are obsessed with 2000 mile trips, but that's all they talk about.


Because they have the time and money to find and get something they want that could cost $250 or $250,000 and they don't care if it is on the other side of the country. Heck it might even be a tree.
 
2022-06-04 9:49:13 AM  
Won't help me, I have to walk 3/4 of a mile to the post office. At least it's not uphill both ways.

I hate Amazon's inflexibility. My billing address is the PO Box as my real address doesn't exist in the county records so address lookups say it's not a valid address so I have to use the PO Box. UPS and Fedex will deliver, but half the time I get a popup that 'can't deliver to PO BOX' but they send it USPS - half the time they spend an extra day figuring out who it belongs to. And they are only open weekdays.

Still not moving to the crime ridden crap hole of the coast,,,
 
2022-06-04 10:27:55 AM  
When those hit the Gov't surplus market I am SO buying one and retrofitting it as a mobile bar or ice cream truck to take to burning events
 
2022-06-04 12:18:58 PM  
What a Snail Mail might look like:
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2022-06-04 12:22:40 PM  

Gumball T Watterson: An associate tried to buy several electric city vehicles for a fleet of delivery trucks/taxis. He and his partners are in a university town. The plan they had was to get the delivery and private taxi services in town consolidated and hire university students on flexible schedules. That way the students got paid an hourly rate, they would have limited benefits, and they would not be putting wear or tear on their automobiles to make runs from wherever to wherever in town. They could just show up when they wanted and work until they decided to stop. The vehicles could be changed from passenger to delivery by just folding down the back seat.Sadly, covid and the university officials basically killed the idea.
I felt bad for them, they were just out of getting their masters and saw how students were basically barely making a profit using their own cars. It was a solid idea ruined by bad timing and bureaucracy. At least they had not ordered the trucks so the financial hit was not as devastating.
The last I heard they were going to try it in a different town where the university and city council were not as opposed to new technology.


That's not "technology". That's just trying to lessen your labor costs of  doing delivery for the malignantly lazy.  That's how you make  more jobs for the bottom of the food chain, and much less work for people who can't even feed themselves.

Technology, HA.  What is that, shorthand for "I push buttons and things come.  What else do I need to consider?  It's technology."
No, wait--I heard a new one.  These kinds of things are democratizing service work. It's now an opportunity for all of us, not a burden.  Not a stupid, pointless job.  Oh no--now, for a lot of you, it's a side gig.  And side gigs are sacred.  Why, we built an entire economy around the idea that neoliberalism was the way.  And it surely is, if you start out in the right place.  Side gigs everywhere!  Job openings everywhere!  You'd take one of those jobs too, but you don't have time, what with the great-paying job you have working on lessening labor costs, so that people like you can continue to have your sandwiches delivered at a price you consider "fair."
And you would know, because you have a business degree.

Now give me a business degree, so I can set  your business school on fire.  "Technology, students!  It's going to make us all rich!   It's like magic!"

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2022-06-04 4:02:23 PM  

MarkMartinFan: Won't help me, I have to walk 3/4 of a mile to the post office. At least it's not uphill both ways.

I hate Amazon's inflexibility. My billing address is the PO Box as my real address doesn't exist in the county records so address lookups say it's not a valid address so I have to use the PO Box. UPS and Fedex will deliver, but half the time I get a popup that 'can't deliver to PO BOX' but they send it USPS - half the time they spend an extra day figuring out who it belongs to. And they are only open weekdays.

Still not moving to the crime ridden crap hole of the coast,,,


maybe this will help, it helped me...
make your shipping address your physical address and suffix it with your PO box number, i.e.
1234 main st #567, anytown, state, 98765.

dont put the term po box or box in the address.
i had a hell of a time with amazon packages being returned until i asked our postmaster directly, and that was the delivery addressing protocol that worked. havent had a problem since. ask your postmaster if it applies to your area...
 
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