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Post Office, Mailers Are at an Historic Juncture

Of the $46 billion dollars USPS collected in postage for market-dominant products in which it owns a monopoly, nearly $36 billion was accounted for by Standard Mail, Flats, and presort First Class Mail paid for by business mailers.

The symbiotic relationship between USPS and bulk mailers is currently at an historic juncture, with the USPS struggling for its very survival and mailers dealing with an unprecedented “exigent” rate increase to help offset a steady 30% decline in First Class Mail and competition from the Internet. As it concluded its most recent fiscal year last September, the Postal Service declared a net loss of $5 billion and had posted losses in 19 of its previous 21 quarters.
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USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail

USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail

The Office of the Inspector General seeks neuroscientists to investigate human responses to digital and physical media.

Carper Condemns Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures

Carper Condemns Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures

The sponsor of the Postal Reform Act says Senate actions to delay consolidation will ultimately do harm to the Postal Service and its workers.

Direct Mail Remains Impactful

Direct Mail Remains Impactful

Even in this prolific digital age, direct mail proves to be a strong tool for marketers. Standard mail volume is growing at 3% and marketers will spend $45 billion on the channel in 2014.

Postal Service Tests Parcel Lockers

Postal Service Tests Parcel Lockers

Self-service "Gopost" lockers—from which customers can pick up and ship packages—appear in New York and Washington, D.C.

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