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Friday, August 2, 2013

USPS Considers Shipping Alcohol

The U.S. Postal Service has been suffering financially over the recent years at unprecedented rate. The rise of UPS and FedEx, as well as the use of email, has played a huge role in the demise of the Nation’s oldest method to send correspondence. In an attempt to generate much needed revenue, the USPS is considering delivering alcoholic beverages, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Donahoe told the Associated Press that alcohol deliveries could raise as much as $50 million annually. This practice could potentially bail out the suffering institution.

Mailing alcoholic beverages is restricted by law as of right now. Customers must use alcoholic beverage boxes for shipments and they must cover any logos or labels.

Using special boxes that would hold two, four or six bottles, shipping for a flat rate anywhere in the United States, he said. “There’s a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits,” he said. “We’d like to be in that business.”

The problem with proposed idea is that it will make it easier for minors to get their hands on alcohol, raising a number of other issues.

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