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Calculating the net cost of home delivery

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  • Andreas Haller
  • Christian Jaag
  • Urs Trinkner

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This paper analyzes whether frequency of delivery and nationwide coverage obligations constitute USO net costs. With no USO on home delivery in place, the USP may be able to increase profits by optimizing its delivery services. Three such optimizations are scrutinized in detail: (1) adjusting the number of weekly delivery days, (2a) discontinuing delivery services to certain areas and (2b) adjusting the place of delivery for households that are particularly costly to serve. The first measure relates to the frequency of delivery obligation, whereas the latter two concern the requirement of nationwide coverage of home delivery. Under robust demand assumptions both frequency and coverage obligations constitute USO net costs. The USO in delivery hence represents binding constraints on operators.

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  • Andreas Haller & Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner, 2013. "Calculating the net cost of home delivery," Working Papers 0041, Swiss Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:chc:wpaper:0041
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    Keywords

    Universal service obligation; Postal sector; Net cost; Delivery;

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    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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