Darrell Issa

Kurt Ruppel is Director Postal Policy and Marketing Communications at IWCO Direct. He is a member of the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and serves on the Board of Directors at the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), where he is also Vice Chair of the EMA’s Postal Affairs Committee. He can be reached at kurt.ruppel@iwco.com.

In the neighborhoods of tomorrow, door-to-door mail delivery will be a thing of the past. If U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) gets his way, door-to-door delivery will be gone within a decade for 15 million addresses. Issa estimates $2 billion in savings from the bill approved on Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which the congressman heads. USPS spokeswoman Sue Brennan, commenting only on USPS policy, told Target Marketing cluster boxes specifically for new homes are old news.

A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. The amendment, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and Tom Latham, R-Iowa, was approved easily by the full Appropriations Committee … The six-day rider has been included in every postal-related appropriations bill since 1983. Several members of the committee from both parties spoke during Wednesday’s markup in support of the amendment.

A House committee has approved a proposal that would end door-to-door mail delivery for millions of Americans in favor of communal or curbside boxes. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the measure on an 18-13 party-line vote Wednesday. The bill would direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 15 million addresses over the next decade to the less costly, but also less convenient delivery method. Democrats objected to the plan, and efforts in recent years to win its adoption have failed. "I think it's a lousy idea," Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass. … Other lawmakers said it wouldn't work

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe won a key supporter in his campaign to end Saturday letter delivery after President Obama endorsed the idea in his 2015 budget. But did the president go a bit too far? The White House budget would give the U.S. Postal Service authority to eliminate both Saturday letter and package delivery immediately. Donahue has called only to end the letter service. First Class mail may be dying, but the agency’s package revenue is growing, and the USPS is counting on this line of business to keep it afloat.

A range of Senate Democrats—many from red states—have serious concerns about a leading proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, adding a new impediment to Congress’s efforts to get legislation done. The Postal Service is on pace to bleed more than $20 billion over 2012 and 2013, and top officials there have urged Democrats and Republicans to come together on a legislative fix. But in the latest setback for postal reform, some Democrats say a current Senate bill would do too much to, among other things, slow down delivery standards and eat into USPS’s remaining competitive advantages

In an open letter on its website, the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA) warned that prices for Standard Flats used to send full-sized catalogs could go up as much as 10 percent to 12 percent. As a result, multichannel marketers may choose to reduce catalog circulation and send frequency, or turn to less expensive forms of mailing, such as mini catalogs. These books have fewer pages than full-size books, yet allow companies to cut production costs without sacrificing circulation or frequency. Mini catalogs mail at the cost of a standard automated letter and provide up to 10 pages

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