United States Postal Service letter carriers are bound by law to visit every residence and business on their routes every day (except Sundays and national holidays). This makes them the ideal carriers of “the last mile” in many cases. In shipping, the “first mile” is, typically, the transit of outgoing mail from the sender to a sorting station. The “middle mile” is (usually) the process of getting mail from the sorting station to the person who will ultimately deliver the mail to its final destination. The “last mile” is that final step: deliverer to recipient. In some cases, even if USPS isn’t the hired delivery service (think FedEx, UPS, etc), it does carry the mail the “last mile.” This is in part due to the requirement of USPS letter carriers to visit every business and residence on their route every day. It is simply more cost-effective for carriers like FedEx and UPS to pay the USPS to go the final mile than it is to send their own trucks to (often) remote locations to deliver a single package.
COVID Card #30
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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.