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USPS considers alcohol delivery to boost bottom line

Posted at 6:38 PM, Aug 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-05 07:03:53-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - It's been said before that desperate times call for desperate measures, or perhaps just inventive ones.

Certainly when you're $16 billion short, finding ways to save money after initial cuts can be difficult.

The United States Postal Service is considering alcohol delivery to increase revenue, with estimates that such a service could bring in up to $50 million a year.

For now, only UPS and FedEx can deliver alcoholic beverages, but an act of Congress could change that and make way for the Postal Service to compete in the business.

Retailers in the Commonwealth can apply for a shipping license, not all states allow alcohol from Virginia to be shipped to their residents.

One local brewery in Richmond believes if it comes to fruition, it could be a benefit for the industry.

Since 2006, the postal service has consolidated more than 200 facilities and reduced their workforce by more than 200,000 workers, as mail volume continues to decline.

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