US consumers are to be questioned over the overall social value of the United States Postal Service (USPS), DMNews has reported.
According to the news provider, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is seeking help from research organizations to assess the worth and overall impact of the postal service.
The PRC claims that the need to carry out the study is not a reaction to the recent ten-year plan to restore financial stability to USPS.
Norm Scherstrom, media relations specialist at the PRC, explained that the need for research was sparked by a recommendation by the Urban Institute, which suggested that USPS could offer additional services.
DMNews reports that the body argued that "the USPS could improve its performance by offering more services from mail trucks or more services and goods - such as internet service, banking, office supplies, groceries and advertising - at post offices".
Consumers can already take advantage of online tools such as the address verification
Among the topics for evaluation will be the role of lower-priced postal products, the environmental impact of mail delivery and the value of providing affordable advertising to small businesses.
Posted by Richard Jones