On August 21, millions of people across the United States, from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will be able to witness something that hasn’t been seen here since 1979: a total solar eclipse. To commemorate the rare celestial occurrence, the post office has issued a new forever stamp.
It’s a cartoon cliche that’s a cliche for a reason. Mail carriers really do live in fear of Fido. And now that Americans are increasingly doing their shopping online, the beleaguered members of the U.S. Postal Service have been getting bitten by dogs more often. They’ve even built an app to help avoid the canines that…
It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to send a letter bad enough to actually buy a stamp. But these new space stamps might finally make it worth it.
A frustrated writer and poster enthusiast got upset when she had a hard time getting a Patti Smith print delivered to her home in Brooklyn. What did she do? She redesigned the slip that the United States Postal Service (USPS) uses to notify you that they’ve fail to deliver.
Multiple American airlines have already banned self-balancing scooters from their aircraft over the potential fire risk, and now the US Postal Service is adding itself to that list.
Did you know that the United States Postal Service has its own police force? It's true. While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is typically tasked with looking into mailbox vandalism and mail fraud, an investigation in Denver reveals that they're also installing hidden cameras at post offices and spying on…
The U.S. Postal Service just made a bad-news delivery to its 800,000 employees: Their personal data, including social security numbers, may have been stolen.
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.
Every day, millions of people enjoy the simple luxury of a blue and grey-clad letter carrier showing up at their house and dropping the day's mail on their doorstep. But if some Republican lawmakers get their way, this luxury may be short-lived.
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…
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…
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.
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…
The USPS has a new plan to stop Saturday mail delivery. All accounts indicate email will still go through just fine.
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.
This fellow wanted to have something shipped to his house in LA. It started off in Union City, California. Should have only taken a few days, right? Try two weeks—because USPS sent it across the entire continent. Twice.
The Post Office is dying, kids, hemorrhaging money while you fritter away your time with those emails. Don't you know that paper mail is safer? Friendlier? And can't be hacked... by terrorists?! That's what the USPS's new ad campaign wants you to think.
The Post Office is going to die, so says the old pony express. They're strapped for cash, probably defaulting on a $5.5 billion payment due this month and will shut down entirely this winter unless Congress stabilizes its finances. Sad. But we don't really need it anymore.
Patents related to shipping logistics normally aren't the concern of the public. But when Google receives a patent for electronic shipping notifications, one has to wonder what that means for online merchants, like Amazon, and major shipping companies, like UPS.