The article suggests that these consultants will confirm, the severity of the Postal Service's financial problems and detail how those financial challenges limit the Postal Service's options. Basted on the Post's reporting we know that the consultants concluded:
- The Postal Service's culture, business processes, finances and other characteristics of its business model are so dysfunctional that privatizing the business is untenable.
- The Postal Service does not have the financial wherewithal to handle the start up-costs and initial losses that would be incurred if it were to expand its retail offerings to include banking, insurance, cell phone services at its corporate owned retail centers.
Armed with these reports, the the Post reports that the Postal Service will propose:
- Eliminating Saturday delivery;
- Introducing hybrid-mail products that include e-mail delivery;
- Modifying union agreements for greater work-rule flexibility and reduced levels of USPS contributions for health insurance;
- Requesting Congress to reverse the requirement that it prepay retiree health care liability; and
- Replacing corporate retail outlets with franchises and contract stations in office supply stores, supermarkets, and retail outlets.