The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering adding alcohol delivery as a way to offset a projected 2013 deficit of $15 billion while also planning to phase door-to-door delivery out over the next decade.
"There's a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Associated Press on Thursday. "We'd like to be in that business."
Donahoe said to the AP that adding flat-rate delivery service for alcoholic beverages could raise as much as $50 billion for the agency. The 21st Century Postal Service Act, passed by the Senate but not the House in 2012, allows the USPS to deliver such drinks in accordance with state regulations and requires recipients to show identification proving they are at least 21 years old at the time of delivery.
"We don't want to take any more debt on," Donahoe said. "We want to be able to get profitable, pay it down, just like any other business would, so that you stay strong for the future."
The House Oversight Committee passed a bill on July 24 that would emphasize curbside and clusterbox delivery over door-to-door delivery while cutting delivery services to five days a week by 2023. The plan does not account for alcohol deliveries.
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