Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS

With more than 30,000 locations operating today, the United States Postal Service is still the largest retail network in the US. It's also an embattled institution that's struggling to stay afloat. That's why last year, it enlisted a small design studio to overhaul its look completely. Here's what they came up with. » 7/31/14 3:30pm 7/31/14 3:30pm

NYT: The Government Is Tracking All Your Snail Mail Too

Your email and phone call metadata certainly isn't private, but maybe you were holding out hope that good old fashioned snail mail somehow avoided big brother's living gaze. The Smoking Gun broke the bad news a month ago, and now the New York Times is confirming that nope, that's all being tracked too. Surprise… » 7/03/13 12:49pm 7/03/13 12:49pm

How the Post Office Sniffs Out Anthrax Before It Hits Your Mailbox

The Amerithrax case of 2001, in which letters harboring Anthrax spores were delivered to media outlets and a pair of US Senators' offices, killed five people and sickened another 17. In the wake of these attacks, the US Postal Service (USPS) installed a system of electronic noses in mail processing facilities around… » 4/18/13 11:37am 4/18/13 11:37am

The US Postal Service Could Easily Turn Things Around With Belgian…

It can't just be the United States Postal Service that's having a hard time staying afloat. Email and social networking is available all around the world, but maybe the USPS should take a hint from the clever Belgians who've created a collection of stamps that celebrate—and actually smell and taste like—chocolate. » 2/26/13 4:40pm 2/26/13 4:40pm

Five Days of Mail a Week Is Still Too Much

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to end Saturday mail delivery later this year, as part of its spirit quest to become something other than a $16 billion sinkhole. Good! But it's not enough. In an age where we've already started to leave email behind, five days of bulk catalog and sweepstakes… » 2/06/13 10:27am 2/06/13 10:27am

USPS Outlaws the Sending of iPads and Kindles to Troops Overseas

An iPad or a Kindle can go a long way to helping a deployed soldier pass the dull, dull downtime while away from home. But if you want to send a gadget-stuffed care package to your favorite GI, you won't be able to use the USPS much longer. It's banning the shipment of all electronics with lithium-ion batteries. » 5/10/12 8:20pm 5/10/12 8:20pm

Did You Miss Your Package Delivery AGAIN?

You know what really sucks? When you come home and find you missed a package delivery from USPS, UPS or FedEx. Or you come home and find that $1000 gadget you ordered sitting on your front stoop where anyone could snatch it. The worst, however, is when you are actually at home and they assume you're not, and don't… » 4/06/11 10:00am 4/06/11 10:00am