William & Mary Business Law Review


The sending and receiving of post and parcel is a vital aspect of daily living in the United States. Despite this vitality, the setup for post and parcel delivery in the United States has been heavily criticized. This Note, in response to these criticisms, explores whether postal reform is warranted in the United States today. To do so, this Note examines the origins of the public/private dichotomy inherent in the delivery of post and parcel, governmental regulation of the United States Postal Service and its private competitors, and the monopolies possessed by the United States Postal Service. It then analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of the current regime from the perspective of the United States Postal Service’s private-sector competitors and consumers. Ultimately, this Note concludes that postal reform is necessary and proposes avenues for such reform.