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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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Carper Won't Give Up on Postal Reform in 2014

Carper Won't Give Up on Postal Reform in 2014

The postal reformer issues a challenge to fellow senators to pass his bill during the current Congress and "save the Postal Service before it's too late."

USPS Lowers Priority Mail Rates for Business Shippers

USPS Lowers Priority Mail Rates for Business Shippers

UPS contends that the Postal Service is using the exigent increase to fund low-ball shipping rates and make a grab for e-commerce's growing delivery business.

Senators Plead for One-Year Moratorium on Postal Consolidation

Senators Plead for One-Year Moratorium on Postal Consolidation

Half the Senate wants to block Phase 2 of USPS's Network Rationalization plan. Are they serious, or merely posturing?

Melissa Goes to Canada

Melissa Goes to Canada

Melissa Data adds Canadian change of address processing to its cloud-based NCOA service.

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