Gene Del Polito

The U.S. Postal Service, which predicts an annual loss of $18.2 billion by 2015, plans to eliminate 5.4 percent of its workforce by closing almost half its mail-processing facilities to decrease costs. The service plans to shut 223 of its 461 mail-processing plants by February 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a telephone interview today. The closings will cut about 35,000 jobs, said David Partenheimer, a spokesman.

By Gene DelPolito Postal rates have gone up yet again. Once more the ineptitude of the U.S. Postal Service has been demonstrated by its disregard of the effect postal rate increases have on companies such as yours. Have you had enough yet? Or would you like to entertain the possibility of another round of hefty postal rate increases? The direct mail industry is the birthplace of database marketing and without the "direct mail experience," it is quite likely that the United States never would have developed the sophisticated information economy it now enjoys. It could be languishing in the information-age doldrums like many of

By Gene Del Polito There's an old Chinese curse that states: "May you live in interesting times." For all of us who use, or support the use of, mail for business communication and commerce, these are most certainly interesting times. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has fallen into a financial sinkhole. No one knows how deep the hole actually is. Critical mail volumes are declining, postal costs are increasing at a greater-than-inflation pace, and postal officials are telling mailers there may be a need for another round of hefty postal-rate increases. By hefty, they mean that businesses relying on mail will face postal-rate increases

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