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Royal Mail Provides a Model for USPS

Japan's postal service, which is owned by the Ministry of Finance but run more like a private company, shows how far a privatized postal service -- or a partly privatized one -- could go. Japan Post is among the country's largest bank and insurance conglomerates.

What exactly a private U.S. Postal Service could do is open to debate. We think of it as an essential government service, but its services are limited by that view that they're essential.

And FedEx and UPS might wind up better companies if the Postal Service was privatized. How much better might those two companies be if they were facing a more direct threat from a private Postal Service unbound by old-fashioned notions of what it had to do, one that could do anything its managers thought it could make money doing?

At the time of publication, the author owned no shares in companies mentioned here.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and a tech reporter since 1982. His specialty has been getting to the future ahead of the crowd, then leaving before success arrived. That meant covering the Internet in 1985, e-commerce in 1994, the Internet of Things in 2005, open source in 2005 and, since 2010, renewable energy. He has written for every medium from newspapers and magazines to Web sites, from books to blogs. He still seeks tomorrow from his Craftsman home in Atlanta.
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