The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday charging that the Postal Service's on-time delivery reporting methods did not present an accurate view of service across all 67 Postal Districts. Only 55% of market-dominant mail is being tracked, according to the GAO. The report shines a spotlight on the issue of declining service standards in rural areas of the nation. “There is no question that mail delivery and service in rural areas like North Dakota are seriously lacking,” said Senator Heidi Heitkamp (above), who has introduced a bill that would hold USPS to its universal service obligation to rural areas. “As we learned from this new GAO report, how can the Postal Service possibly improve delivery in rural communities if it doesn't accurately track the time it takes to deliver mail to these areas? There is no reason why we shouldn't have access to that data.”
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that Bob Woodward’s Fear is the top seller in stores nationwide and online at BN.com just one day after the book’s release, with the fastest sales for an adult title since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released in July 2015.
“Fear had amazing first-day sales and is in high demand across our stores and online,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “We haven’t seen an adult title sell this quickly in over three years, and are working with Simon & Schuster to keep our shelves stocked to meet what we expect will be continued demand.”
Woodward’s book, Fear, was released yesterday, and is available for buying online and picking up in store at Barnes & Noble stores across the country.