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Transport Topics: Husch Blackwell Partner David Hendel on Long Term Prospects for the U.S. Postal Service

A Dec. 5, 2011, Transport Topics article reports that the U.S. Postal Service has hired restructuring advisors Evercore Partners to eliminate $20 billion in annual expenses by 2015. Evercore guided General Motors Corp. through its June 2009 bankruptcy. With 8,000 transportation contractors and about 4,500 suppliers, the Postal Service spent $3.2 billion on ground transportation and $2 billion on airfreight in 2010, reports David Hendel, Husch Blackwell Postal Service Contracting Partner. Hendel believes that eventually the Postal Service will find a way to recover from its current financial problems. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue has suggested ending Saturday mail delivery. Even then, Hendel remains confident in the Postal Service’s survival. “Whether it is six days a week, five days or even three, the post office does what FedEx or UPS can’t do and will never be able to do,” Hendel said.