Washington Post: "Cheap Postal Rates Have a Cost"

Washington Post: "Cheap Postal Rates Have a Cost"

The paper knocks "relentless lobbyists" for lower rates and backs Postal Service management's appeal for greater pricing authority.

Carper Bemoans Exigency's End, Pleads for Postal Reform

Carper Bemoans Exigency's End, Pleads for Postal Reform

The senator sounds the alarm for quick passage of his iPOST bill following Sunday's historic drop in postal rates.

Sunday's the Day the Exigent Rate Goes Away

Sunday's the Day the Exigent Rate Goes Away

Strike up the Hallelujah Chorus, direct mailers, and prepare for a singular event: a postal rate reduction.

Amazon Same-Delivery Expands to 11 Metros, Now Covers 27

Amazon Same-Delivery Expands to 11 Metros, Now Covers 27

Sacramento, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Tuscon get Prime FREE service, which now approaches nationwide coverage.

PRC Tells the Postal Service to Account for Decline in Flats Service

PRC Tells the Postal Service to Account for Decline in Flats Service

Cost coverage of flats receded and 24 workshare discounts exceeded norms, according to the 2015 Annual Compliance Determination.

USPS's Digital Mail Program Will Go Nationwide in 2017

USPS's Digital Mail Program Will Go Nationwide in 2017

Postal Service CMO Jim Cochrane is itching to deliver paper mail to email inboxes. "It's a game-changing moment," he says.

McCann CEO: Direct Mail's Moment Has Come Again

McCann CEO: Direct Mail's Moment Has Come Again

Harris Diamond may be biased about the merits of direct mail, but he insists that it's approaching a renaissance.

Mail Pieces From Outer Space

Mail Pieces From Outer Space

USPS Innovation VP Gary Reblin shows how the force of digital technology is already with direct mail.

PMG Brennan Hails the Dawning of a Digital Age at the Postal Service

PMG Brennan Hails the Dawning of a Digital Age at the Postal Service

The Postmaster General tells industry leaders that the time has come for mail to go real time.

Packages Make Postal Service Sing a New Tune

Packages Make Postal Service Sing a New Tune

USPS's heads of sales and operations belt out a love song to seven-day delivery and customer satisfaction at the National Postal Forum.

U.S. Mail Beats Obama to Cuba

U.S. Mail Beats Obama to Cuba

President Obama visits the island nation next week. Will direct mailers soon follow?

Will Programmatic Direct Mail Be the New Growth Channel?

Will Programmatic Direct Mail Be the New Growth Channel?

Martech impresario Lewis Gersh strikes out on his own with what he envisions as a multibillion-dollar business.

On April 10, Bid Farewell to Exigency!

On April 10, Bid Farewell to Exigency!

It will be a red letter day for direct mailers and catalogers, who'll shed the despised 4.3% postal surcharge.

USPS Posts Net Income of $317 Million in First Quarter

USPS Posts Net Income of $317 Million in First Quarter

The gain was bolstered by low interest rates and the exigent surcharge; Postmaster General Megan Brennan continues her plea for postal reform.

Pro-Exigency Mailers Fire Back

Pro-Exigency Mailers Fire Back

Mailers that support a postal reform law preserving the 4.3% surcharge respond to those opposed to it.

Senator Tom Carper Is Bullish on Passing Postal Reform This Year

Senator Tom Carper Is Bullish on Passing Postal Reform This Year

The author of the new iPOST bill is determined to get relief for the Postal Service, and he's convinced there's no way to get that relief without making the exigent surcharge permanent.

Epicomm and Idealliance Boards Vote to Merge

Epicomm and Idealliance Boards Vote to Merge

If approved by membership votes, the two will come together as Idealliance in July.

Mailers Rise Up Against iPOST

Mailers Rise Up Against iPOST

Thirty-two organizations—from RR Donnelley to Disabled American Veterans—unite in opposition to the first Congressionally mandated postal increase in 40 years.

Cruz, the Direct Mail Disruptor

Cruz, the Direct Mail Disruptor

Did a controversial direct mail piece revealing people's "voting scores" cause more Cruz supporters to appear at the polls in Iowa?

Survey: Retailers Will Stick With Direct Mail in 2016

Survey: Retailers Will Stick With Direct Mail in 2016

Retail mail declines will cease as the channel becomes more personalized; print and TV ads will continue to drop.

Internet Sellers Need to Work on Their Shipping Formulas

Internet Sellers Need to Work on Their Shipping Formulas

Six out of 10 shoppers want three-hour delivery, but only 20% of retailers offer the option.

Exigent Rate Is Likely to Be Baked Into New Postal Reform

Exigent Rate Is Likely to Be Baked Into New Postal Reform

A Senate hearing shows some promise that Sen. Carper's iPOST bill—which keeps the 4.3% surcharge—could be passed this year.

Postal Service to Stick With 6-Day Delivery

Postal Service to Stick With 6-Day Delivery

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman tells mailer group that political pressure will preserve mail on Saturday.

Pitney Bowes Launches Multimedia Ad Campaign

Pitney Bowes Launches Multimedia Ad Campaign

Its recasts itself as a multichannel connector for commerce in its first big ad splash in 20 years.

Postal Workers' Contract to Go to Arbitration in February

Postal Workers' Contract to Go to Arbitration in February

Stephen Goldberg, who presided over APWU's last contract arbitration in 2000, will be the arbitrator.

Langley Named PRC Vice Chairman

Langley Named PRC Vice Chairman

This is the third time as second in command at the postal regulator for Nanci Langley, who assisted in the passage of PAEA in 2006.

Fed Ex Improved On-Time Deliveries This Holiday

Fed Ex Improved On-Time Deliveries This Holiday

It made good on 97.8% of drops, while UPS slipped to 95.5% in a season that saw 1.2 billion deliveries.

Catalogers Unite on Cheaper Parcel Rates

Catalogers Unite on Cheaper Parcel Rates

The ACMA is bringing catalogers together in an effort to secure a group Negotiated Service Agreement from the Postal Service.

Is Amazon Getting into the Shipping Business?

Is Amazon Getting into the Shipping Business?

Rising costs and two rocky holiday seasons see relations souring between UPS and its biggest customers, a report says.

Snail Mail Alert!

Snail Mail Alert!

A Canadian import looks to bring digital mail notification to Americans who pick up their mail from cluster boxes.

Postal Board of Governors Is Down to One Member

Postal Board of Governors Is Down to One Member

There should be nine, but the Senate's inaction on five nominations leaves James Bilbray the last man standing.

Three Senators Sign on to Carper's Postal Bill

Three Senators Sign on to Carper's Postal Bill

Moran, McCaskill, and Blunt agree to co-sponsor iPOST, a first crucial step on a long road to approval.

Top Gear Guy Previews Amazon PrimeAir

Top Gear Guy Previews Amazon PrimeAir

Same-hour delivery inches closer to reality in a video starring Jeremy Clarkson.

Postal Service Sends Its Holiday Card Early

Postal Service Sends Its Holiday Card Early

What it wants for Christmas is a bigger chunk of the package and shipping business, which it makes plain in a new direct mail campaign.

USPS Proposes New Print Technology Promo for 2016

USPS Proposes New Print Technology Promo for 2016

It will encourage the use of tactile and sensory print techniques, as well as A/B testing.

Postal Service Debuts Digital Mail in New York

Postal Service Debuts Digital Mail in New York

Informed Delivery will email New Yorkers pictures of the day's mail every morning at 8 a.m.

Postal Service Posts $5.1 Billion Loss for 2015

Postal Service Posts $5.1 Billion Loss for 2015

At the same time, revenues increased by $1.1 billion and Standard Mail volume held steady.

USPS Prepares to Deliver 15 Billion Pieces of Holiday Mail

USPS Prepares to Deliver 15 Billion Pieces of Holiday Mail

That's a 10.5% increase over last year and includes an estimated 600 million packages.

PRC Invites Public Comments on Postal Service Metrics

PRC Invites Public Comments on Postal Service Metrics

A recent GAO report charged that USPS fell short in its delivery reporting methods.

Direct Agency Pioneer Gosden Dies at Age 87

Direct Agency Pioneer Gosden Dies at Age 87

He led FCB Direct to prominence and was a noted direct marketing educator.

Shapiro: Rate Request Reveals Dependent Status of Competitive Products

Shapiro: Rate Request Reveals Dependent Status of Competitive Products

Privatize them and free big mailers from subsidizing them, says the former Under Secretary of the Commerce Department.

Study: USPS's Package and Shipping Prices Are Artificially Low

Study: USPS's Package and Shipping Prices Are Artificially Low

High rates on market dominant products prop competitive businesses and create an unfair marketplace, says a UPS-sponsored report.

Postal Service Files for Competitive Product Rate Hikes

Postal Service Files for Competitive Product Rate Hikes

First Class Packages increase 12.8% over three years. More substantial increases loom for Commercial Plus service, which is slated for elimination in 2017.

Programmatic Direct Mail Makes Its Debut

Programmatic Direct Mail Makes Its Debut

The mailbox retargeting service promises to put direct mail in the digital attribution clickstream.

USPS Releases Holiday Shipping Deadlines

USPS Releases Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service provides a print-out-and-clip-up guide for for-profit Santas.

GAO Asserts that USPS On-Time Delivery Info Is Incomplete

GAO Asserts that USPS On-Time Delivery Info Is Incomplete

The government watchdog agency says metrics for all 67 districts are uneven; the Postal Service disagrees.

Carper's Home State Paper Backs iPOST

Carper's Home State Paper Backs iPOST

The editorial recognizes emergency relief is needed, but fails to consider Big Mail's role in the Postal Service's resuscitation.

Postal Reform Bill Needs Work, But Needs to Be Passed

Postal Reform Bill Needs Work, But Needs to Be Passed

Failure to pass a revised version of Tom Carper's iPOST bill could only spell more years of uncertainty for mailers, unions, and the Postal Service.

Sen. Carper Introduces New Postal Reform Bill

Sen. Carper Introduces New Postal Reform Bill

IPOST would bake the 4.3% exigency surcharge into the base rate, while freezing further rate increases until 2018.

Papal Visit Will Cause Postal Delays

Papal Visit Will Cause Postal Delays

Postal operations in downtown Philadelphia will be hampered by the national security event status of Pope Francis's historic visit.

High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPS's Southern Area

High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPS's Southern Area

It delivers 15% more packages on average than the rest of the country; one route in Texas last year delivered twice its expected volume.

How to Keep Tabs on the Postal Service

How to Keep Tabs on the Postal Service

The Postal Regulatory Commission makes it easy with new dropdown menu items on its website.

Is Bernie Sanders Holding Back the Postal Board of Governors?

Is Bernie Sanders Holding Back the Postal Board of Governors?

So says a stamp collector's site, but an emergency committee of governors can still make decisions minus a quorum.

USPS Keeps Exigency in Play, Files Appeal in D.C. Circuit

USPS Keeps Exigency in Play, Files Appeal in D.C. Circuit

With the surcharge due for removal in April and a new postal reform bill circulating, the Postal Service moves to keep exigency alive.

PRC Denies Competitive Status to First Class Parcels

PRC Denies Competitive Status to First Class Parcels

A 3-2 decision of commissioners rules that the Postal Service failed to prove loss of business to competitors by keeping the class market dominant.

'Let's End De Facto Rate Increases,' Mailers Plead

'Let's End De Facto Rate Increases,' Mailers Plead

Five mailers groups petition the PRC to define what constitutes trivial rate increases in operational changes installed by the Postal Service.

Late Deliveries Raise Concerns of Mailers

Late Deliveries Raise Concerns of Mailers

Direct mailers and catalogers worry that the Postal Service won't be able to predict on-time delivery by the advent of the fall mailing season.

When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

With the CPI close to zero, there's a chance for no rate hike in 2016. That could stymie operational improvements beneficial to mailers.

Postal Service Posts $586 Million Loss in Third Quarter

Postal Service Posts $586 Million Loss in Third Quarter

That's $1.4 billion less than it lost last year, however, thanks to growing package deliveries and stable Standard Mail.

This Should Be Exigency's Last Gasp, Mailers Say

This Should Be Exigency's Last Gasp, Mailers Say

A Postal Services showing signs of life and a Congress showing no signs of activity is a formula for exigency's demise, insiders say.

Exigency Marches On!

Exigency Marches On!

PRC OKs $1.19 billion in additional surcharge to mailers. The 4.3% topper on postal rates is expected to endure an additional eight months.

Amazon Makes Pitch for Drone Airspace

Amazon Makes Pitch for Drone Airspace

In its mission to offer 30-minute delivery, it asks for a commercial drone space at between 200 and 400 feet.

Ebay Dumps Same-Day Delivery

Ebay Dumps Same-Day Delivery

Ebay Now becomes eBay Then, as the online marketplace decides immediate delivery does not work in its business plan.

Will Real Mail Notification Make USPS a Digital Channel?

Will Real Mail Notification Make USPS a Digital Channel?

Real Mail Notification sends subscribers emails at 8 a.m. with photos of that day's mailbox contents.

Postal Service Gets Low Marks for 2014 Performance

Postal Service Gets Low Marks for 2014 Performance

It comes up short on seven out of eight service goals. Labor costs and unrealized efficiencies from plant consolidations are blamed.

Heitkamp Intros Bill to Improve Rural Mail Delivery

Heitkamp Intros Bill to Improve Rural Mail Delivery

The proposed legislation seeks to preserve six-day delivery and put obstacles in the way of closing rural Post Offices.

Postal Service to Debut Digital Mail in New York This Fall

Postal Service to Debut Digital Mail in New York This Fall

Real Mail Notification delivers folks a morning preview of their daily mail and allows them to interact digitally with direct mail pieces.

Direct Mail Has a Greater Effect on Purchase Than Digital Ads

Direct Mail Has a Greater Effect on Purchase Than Digital Ads

A Temple University neuromarketing study finds that direct mail tops digital media for engagement time, recall, and ultimate purchase.

Same-Day Deliverer Expands in Chicago

Same-Day Deliverer Expands in Chicago

Deliv buys WeDeliver in quest to become the largest same-day delivery company in the nation.

PRC Leaves Exigency's Removal in Place For Now

PRC Leaves Exigency's Removal in Place For Now

The Postal Regulatory Commission buys time by suspending a requirement that the Postal Service gives mailers 45 days' notice prior to lifting the surcharge.

Why Exigency Received a Stay of Execution

Why Exigency Received a Stay of Execution

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the surcharge should be removed, but disagreed with when. Here's why.

Exigency to Cost Mailers at Least $1.2 Billion More

Exigency to Cost Mailers at Least $1.2 Billion More

In the wake of an appeals court ruling, the Postal Service asks PRC to suspend the planned removal of the surcharge and add a minimum $1.2 billion to the tab.

Exigency "Count Once" Rule Nixed by Appellate Court

Exigency "Count Once" Rule Nixed by Appellate Court

USPS granted partial review of PRC limits, but court stands by PRC's "new normal" concept

Does the Postal Service Need a More Targeted Strategy for First Class Mail?

Does the Postal Service Need a More Targeted Strategy for First Class Mail?

Is the USPS in need of its own geographically direct strategy?

Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery

Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery

The feature is added for Prime members on orders of $35 and above as it rolls out the service to two new cities.

MeritDirect Acquires Lewis Direct

MeritDirect Acquires Lewis Direct

The deal brings Merit a new talent pool and business capabilities.

People Would Rather Wait Than Pay for Packages

People Would Rather Wait Than Pay for Packages

Even during the holidays, waste beats haste as a determining factor in purchases. Favored delivery time of Canadians is five days or more.

New CMO Says Postal Service Has Data Act Together

New CMO Says Postal Service Has Data Act Together

Jim Cochrane tells how USPS is poised to collaborate with digital methods. The "Watch Us Deliver" ad campaign is launched.

Brennan Declares the Dawning of a 'Mail Revolution'

Brennan Declares the Dawning of a 'Mail Revolution'

In her Postal Forum keynote, the Postmaster General unveils a plan to make it a more compelling player in a digital world.

Oversight Committee Wants USPS Explanation on Competitive Products

Oversight Committee Wants USPS Explanation on Competitive Products

Rep. Jason Chaffetz demands an accounting on attribution of costs in its shipping business, alleging the Postal Service might be in violation of PAEA.

Walmart Tests $50 Unlimited Shipping Service

Walmart Tests $50 Unlimited Shipping Service

It's barely summer and the shipping wars are on! The big discounter aims its opening salvo at shoppers on limited budgets.

Union Chief: Invest Smarter and Keep Postal Rates Lower

Union Chief: Invest Smarter and Keep Postal Rates Lower

NALC's Sauber tells Senate panel to put retiree healthcare fund in hands of private investors and remove financial pressures from USPS.

Postal Workers to March for Expanded Hours, Services

Postal Workers to March for Expanded Hours, Services

Thousands of APWU members will rally at postal facilities in 36 states on Thursday to ask consumers to join in their cause.

Postal Service Posts $1.5 Billion Loss in Q2

Postal Service Posts $1.5 Billion Loss in Q2

Standard Mail volumes showed a slight decline in the three-month period, but increased by 564 million pieces in the first half of USPS's fiscal year.

Postal Rate Increases Approved by PRC

Postal Rate Increases Approved by PRC

New Standard Mail prices, up an aggregate 1.937%, take effect May 31. Mail promotional programs for 2015 will proceed as scheduled.

Cochrane Named Acting CMO of Postal Service

Cochrane Named Acting CMO of Postal Service

The Chief Information Officer moves into the role vacated by Nagisa Manabe. Digital chief Randy Miskanic assumes CIO spot.

Has First Class Mail's Plummet Stabilized?

Has First Class Mail's Plummet Stabilized?

A new report from the Postal Inspector General's office says yes, and notes that the severity of its decline varies widely by region.

PRC Chief Tells What Will Keep the Postal Service Going

PRC Chief Tells What Will Keep the Postal Service Going

Though he never clerked a Post Office or walked a carrier route, Robert Taub does have serious postal street cred, having helped craft the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.

Earned Value Mail Promo to Launch on Schedule

Earned Value Mail Promo to Launch on Schedule

USPS expects three other discount plans to proceed as planned, too.

New Competitive Postal Rates to Take Effect May 31

New Competitive Postal Rates to Take Effect May 31

Market dominant rates, hopes USPS, will hew to the same date. But a court decision looms that could change everything.

Amazon Drone Tests Cleared for Takeoff

Amazon Drone Tests Cleared for Takeoff

Prime Air will take to the skies in controlled, small-scale tests carrying payloads.

PMG Brennan Dialogs With Catalogers

PMG Brennan Dialogs With Catalogers

The Postal Service's new boss holds a Town Hall discussion on prospecting rates, NSA's, and closer consultations on operational changes.

Customer Experience Is in the Mail

Customer Experience Is in the Mail

US Monitor launches a mailing condition reporting service to help mailers ensure a positive experience for their customers.

Sales Chief Wants Mail Promos to Begin on Schedule

Sales Chief Wants Mail Promos to Begin on Schedule

Cliff Rucker also says a catalog prospecting rate is near, and that a new CRM system will provide better individualized customer service.

Industry Leader Urges Catalogers to Go to Washington

Industry Leader Urges Catalogers to Go to Washington

ACMA chairman Martin McClanan warns his colleagues get to know their elected officials or risk a return to 2007.

CMO Manabe to Leave Postal Service

CMO Manabe to Leave Postal Service

The consumer packaged goods marketing veteran will call an end to her government service on May 22.

USPS Ends Fiscal Year With Loss of $5.5 Billion

USPS Ends Fiscal Year With Loss of $5.5 Billion

With the exigent rate in effect, both Standard Mail and Flats increased their contribution of revenue. As for volume, Standard Mail rose; flats fell.

USPS's Exigent Rate Revenue Hits $2 Billion

USPS's Exigent Rate Revenue Hits $2 Billion

Bowing to a PRC order, the Postal Service finally files its Q1 report on surcharge revenue, which totaled $586 million.

USPS Delays Rate Changes for First Class and Packages, Too

USPS Delays Rate Changes for First Class and Packages, Too

The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors felt it best to implement all price and classification changes at the same time.

USPS Postpones April 26 Date for New Rates

USPS Postpones April 26 Date for New Rates

The Board of Governors does the wise thing—deciding to wait until all new rates are approved by the PRC before setting a new date.

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