Investing in the Larger Picture

Investing in the Larger Picture

Postal organizations across the world contribute capital to a wide variety of upgrades and improvements each year. From intriguing stamp designs to more efficient processing equipment, investing resources internally is a must for modern enterprises that desire to stay ahead of the competition. One particular Post Office opted to expand that investment range into a realm outside of its immediate purview.

In 2013, Poste Italiane, Italy’s Postal Service, made an investment of $75 million euros into an airline experiencing a need for additional financial support. The investment in Alitalia, the national airline of Italy, was part of a larger package of $500 million euros to support flight operations until a buyer of the company could be located.

In August 2014, Etihad Airways, an airline based in Abu Dhabi, made a deal with Alitalia to acquire a 49 percent stake in the company in January of this year. Though the specific return on Poste Italiane’s investment is unclear, the acquisition has the potential to yield a healthy sum for Italy’s Postal Service.

Do you think the U.S. Postal Service should consider investments in other companies to increase its revenue?

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4 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  April 13, 2015

    No, I do not believe USPS should invest in other companies, seeking additional revenue. There is investment that is both risk-free and pays a great enough return to make the investment worthwhile. Plus, the Postal Service only has a few weeks’ of “cash on hand,” and cannot afford to restrict the use of its limited funds.

  2. grannybunny

     /  April 13, 2015

    Oops, that was supposed to be: “There is NO investment that is….” Sorry! 🙂

  3. Jonn

     /  April 13, 2015

    I think there’s plenty the post office can do in house. Add copy machines, 3D printers, and even a small coffee bar for larger offices and the doors open to new cash sources fast. Uncle Sam has to approve these competitive uses though, so it’ll never happen. That’s a shame. I wouldn’t mind a latte while picking up a sheet of new Maya stamps at the same time.

  4. Anonymous

     /  April 14, 2015

    The USPS should invest in itself…start by hiring competent people to hire competent people…weed out the deadwood up and down the chain too 😉

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