President Trump has frequently complained that the USPS continues to lose money, in part, due to a "money-losing" bulk rate delivery contract it has with Amazon to deliver packages. A second White House official disputed the notion that the order was directed at Amazon, and also said that the task force was charged with improving the mail service. Trump's task force is required to submit a report on its findings and recommendations within four months.
"The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout", the executive order reads.
Amazon largely uses the USPS, which has low fixed rates and a mandate to deliver mail to all Americans, for its so-called last-mile delivery - sorted packages are dropped off at a post office to be delivered to customers' homes along postal workers' usual routes.
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The Postal Service has many financial woes, but the health of its package delivery service is not one of them.
Amazon declined to comment to Bloomberg about the executive order.
Citigroup past year found that Postal Service prices would have to go up by $1.41 per package - about 40% - to reflect the true cost of delivery for all its customers.
The Postal Service is indeed hemorrhaging funds; it's been averaging annual net loses reaching close to $5 billion over the last five years. The Postal Service then delivers the packages to their destinations. The obsession isn't shared by aides: despite Trump's repeated claims, his own advisers have said that the sheer volume of packages Amazon ships through the Postal Service has helped keep it afloat.
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His position has been boosted in recent years by the steady influx of petrodollars into his government's coffers. He appointed his wife Mehriban first vice president, the second most powerful post after the president, in 2017.
The task force will be led by treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin or his designee, according to the order.
It said losses by the Postal Service since the 2008 recession had amounted to $65 billion.
The executive order noted that the post office's problems are caused by many factors: steep declines in first class mail, laws that require the service to deal with large inflexible costs, and revenue that no longer covers pension and retiree health obligations. That appears to be working out for USPS, which said the growth in its package business was "a result of our successful efforts to compete in the ground shipping services and "last mile" e-commerce fulfillment markets, including Sunday delivery", in another financial report a year ago.
At the same time, the Postal Service's package delivery business is growing: The post office's fiscal report for 2017 shows that packages and shipping brought in $19.5 billion in revenue, or 28 percent of the total for the year.
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