United States Postal Service

USPS Sunday Delivery and Amazon Prime Air Expands: Bezos Tells of More Drones
April 11, 2014

Nothing like a hot cup of coffee and a drone delivery of your mid-morning snack from Amazon. That’s what Amazon is banking on with their continued assurances that their delivery services will continue to expand in strange new ways through the future in Jeff Bezos 2013 "Letter to Shareholders" released this week. What’s been suggested is several expansions, one on a partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS). Amazon will work with the USPS to continue to bring on Sunday deliveries to select cities at first, with a spread across the United States throughout 2014.

Postal Bill Clears Senate Committee, Mailers Left Disappointed
February 10, 2014

A proposed rescue plan for the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service took a step forward Thursday when a Senate committee passed a bill that would end Saturday delivery and make permanent a recent, temporary increase in the cost of stamps. The bipartisan bill would also restructure the Postal Service's health insurance program and a $5.5 billion annual payment the agency must make toward health costs of future retirees, two shifts that would cut significant costs. Commercial mailers, meanwhile, oppose a provision to allow higher postal rates that's designed to bring the mail agency billions of dollars in new revenue.

USPS Exigency Becomes a Political Toss - and a Punishing Farce
February 3, 2014

With the sole exception of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) swinging for the United States Postal Service ratepayer (you and me), January 2014 was a dismal month for those who advocate direct mail in the marketing mix ... and in February, I'm definitely looking for some love. Will we find it?

Looming USPS Price Hike: DMA Appeals PRC Exigency Decision
January 24, 2014

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) on Thursday joined with partners representing nearly the entire mailing community in filing an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, seeking relief from the recent Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) decision to allow an exigent postal increase to take effect on Jan. 26.

Assessing the USPS January Rate Hike - Start the Clock
January 6, 2014

While we still wait for the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee to move forward with a meaningful postal reform bill (the vote to mark it up has been postponed), the Postal Regulatory Commission provided some very tough news for mailers to swallow just ahead of Christmas Day

Postal Service to Make Sunday Deliveries for Amazon
November 12, 2013

The cash-short United States Postal Service, which has failed to win congressional approval to stop delivering mail on Saturdays to save money, has struck a deal with the online retailer Amazon.com to deliver the company’s packages on Sundays—a first for both, with obvious advantages for each. For the Postal Service, which lost nearly $16 billion last year, First Class mail delivery, particularly on Saturdays, is often a money loser, whereas package delivery is profitable.

USPS to Deliver Record 420 Million Packages This Holiday Season
November 8, 2013

More people than ever will ship gifts through the mail this year, but they're just not sending Christmas cards the way they used to. That's the U.S. Postal Service's take on the 2013 holiday season, when an estimated 15 billion pieces of mail are expected to be delivered nationwide, officials said Wednesday. The Postal Service figures it will deliver a record 420 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, a 12 percent increase over last year. Much of the rise is because of the growth of online shopping, officials said. But holiday letter deliveries are down 20 percent from

When Companies Lose Customers …
October 30, 2013

United Parcel Service suffered staggering customer defection as a consequence of its 15-day Teamsters work stoppage in 1997. The result was that, even after their 80,000 drivers were back behind the wheels of their delivery trucks or tractor-trailers, many thousands of UPS workers were laid off. A UPS manager in Arkansas was quoted as saying: "To the degree that our customers come back will dictate whether those jobs come back."

5 Reasons Why Print Should Be a Part of Your Marketing Mix
October 25, 2013

Oct. 22 marks the commemoration of a momentous event—one that forever changed the landscape of how business would be conducted for decades to come. On that Saturday afternoon 75 years ago in a second story apartment in Astoria, Queens, a patent attorney named Chester Carlson created the world’s first dry copy. His invention would eventually lead to the formation of Xerox Corporation. Carlson’s xerographic process is still at the heart of most office printers and copiers around the world today, dramatically impacting the way businesses operate and we communicate. It can be argued that the digital age,

State of the USPS
October 1, 2013

As direct marketers, we're closely watching the changes at the United States Postal Service. Discussions about full-service requirements, the consolidation of facilities, elimination of Saturday delivery, proposed exigent rate increases on top of the annual CPI-capped increases, and the ongoing battle over postal reform continue. The decisions made on these issues will have a lasting impact on mailers.