Postal Service http://nhpr.org en The Weirdest Quick Rich Scheme: Buying Stamps http://nhpr.org/post/weirdest-quick-rich-scheme-buying-stamps <p>Last month, the United States Postal Service proposed plans to raise the price of a first class stamp from forty-six to forty-nine cents. The change should generate about $2 billion in additional revenue for an institution desperate to stem a projected $6 billion dollar deficit this year.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Forever Stamp, introduced in 2006 and impervious to changing price rates, may present an unexpected opportunity for a bold profit. <strong>Allison Schraeger </strong>is an economist and writer whose work is featured regularly in Quartz, where she and Ritchie King co-wrote a <a href="http://qz.com/128329/a-step-by-step-guide-to-profiting-off-the-3-cent-hike-on-us-postage-stamps/">step-by-step guide</a> to making big money from tiny stamps.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:03:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36466 at http://nhpr.org The Weirdest Quick Rich Scheme: Buying Stamps Saving The Post Office http://nhpr.org/post/saving-post-office <p>Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. However,&nbsp; a host of other factors have led the United States Postal Service to financial decline, job losses, and in August, the stoppage of Saturday delivery.&nbsp; Freelance writer <strong>David Dayen</strong> says he has an idea that could save the country’s second largest employer:&nbsp; in a <a href="http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/us-postal-service-saturday-delivery-postal-banking-52778/" target="_blank">piece for Pacific Standard Magazine</a>, Dayen suggests the post office get back in the business of banking.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:48:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22215 at http://nhpr.org Saving The Post Office Need Mail Service in the Town of Sugar Hill? You've Got 30 Minutes http://nhpr.org/post/need-mail-service-town-sugar-hill-youve-got-30-minutes <p>The town’s post office, which had been open three hours a day, is now open for one half hour a day, 10:15 to 10:45 am. After that, residents will have to drive to nearby towns like Lisbon or Franconia.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 20:45:07 +0000 Brady Carlson 5841 at http://nhpr.org Need Mail Service in the Town of Sugar Hill? You've Got 30 Minutes Closing Time: Postal Service May Cut 35,000 Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/closing-time-postal-service-may-cut-35000-jobs Facing a financial crisis, the United States Postal Service announced that 223 processing facilities have been "found feasible for consolidation, all or in part." Of the 264 processing facilities studied, only 35 are set to remain open.<p>The closings could result in the loss of 35,000 jobs. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:35:00 +0000 2113 at http://nhpr.org Closing Time: Postal Service May Cut 35,000 Jobs