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FedEx to Acquire Package Returns Company

FedEx to Acquire Package Returns Company

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The purchase of GENCO is calculated to expand the shipper's services in the growing e-commerce market.

Minus a Quorum, Postal Governors Assume Emergency Powers

Minus a Quorum, Postal Governors Assume Emergency Powers

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With five governor approvals pending in the Senate, the remaining members of the Postal Board form a Temporary Emergency Committee.

The Busiest Mailing Day of the Year

The Busiest Mailing Day of the Year

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USPS expects to handle 640 million pieces. That's a 5% increase over 2013, thanks in part to an increase in advertising mail.

Senate Approves Two New PRC Commissioners

Senate Approves Two New PRC Commissioners

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Former commissioners Hammond and Langley return to their posts, giving newly appointed Chairman Robert Taub a full slate to work with.

White House Appoints Taub as Acting PRC Chairman

White House Appoints Taub as Acting PRC Chairman

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He says the Commission will "call it as they see it" on exigency going forward. Outgoing chair Ruth Goldway will serve out her term as a commissioner.

It'll Be a Blue Mailbox Christmas

It'll Be a Blue Mailbox Christmas

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The holidays themselves are a form of augmented reality, so the Postal Service's new AR app should fit right in.

'They're Ours,' Says Postal Service of the Holidays

'They're Ours,' Says Postal Service of the Holidays

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USPS direct mail blitz introduces OurSeason.com, marching out methods both material and digital aimed at claiming more than its fair share of shipping business.

Carper Questions Brennan's Appointment as Postmaster General

Carper Questions Brennan's Appointment as Postmaster General

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The author of the Senate's postal reform bill wants to know more about the process used in her selection.

Postal Service Reports $569 Million Revenue Increase for 2014

Postal Service Reports $569 Million Revenue Increase for 2014

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Exigent increase boosts operating cash, but USPS still posts a $5.5 billion loss thanks to financial burdens and free-falling First Class Mail volume.

Donahoe Retires; Brennan Tapped as First Woman Postmaster General

Donahoe Retires; Brennan Tapped as First Woman Postmaster General

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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who helped guide the agency through troubled times, will step down on February 1, 2015. COO Megan Brennan is named to replace him.

Senate Committee Okays Barnett for Another Term on Postal Board

Senate Committee Okays Barnett for Another Term on Postal Board

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Postal Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett is sure to win final approval from the Senate to return to the short-handed board.

Washington Post: Postal Reform Is Job One

Washington Post: Postal Reform Is Job One

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Congress isn't the problem, special interests are, says the paper. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson waits to take over Senate postal oversight committee.

Post Office Is the Latest Data Breach Victim

Post Office Is the Latest Data Breach Victim

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Customers who had dealings with USPS's Customer Care Center in the first half of the year are at risk of having personal data pilfered.

USPS Will Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week for Holidays

USPS Will Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week for Holidays

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The Postal Service ratchets up its game to match FedEx and UPS in a grab for a larger share of high package volume.

Yes, Direct Mailers, There Is a Santa Claus. No Rate Increase This January.

Yes, Direct Mailers, There Is a Santa Claus. No Rate Increase This January.

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Ever since 2006, direct mailers have become accustomed to planning for a January hike in Standard Mail rates.

Target Fires First Salvo in Holiday Shipping Wars

Target Fires First Salvo in Holiday Shipping Wars

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Free 3-to-5-day shipping on all orders from Target commences immediately. Other top retailers still require order minimums.

USPS Direct Mail Campaign Targets UPS and FedEx

USPS Direct Mail Campaign Targets UPS and FedEx

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The Postal Service takes advantage of new dimensional pricing to seize commercial package and shipping business.

Postmaster General: 'No January Rate Increase'

Postmaster General: 'No January Rate Increase'

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Uncertain over exigency's fate, Donahoe says Postal Board of Governors will delay any appeal for an increase until later in the year.

Congress's Research Arm Cites Retiree Fund as USPS's Undoing

Congress's Research Arm Cites Retiree Fund as USPS's Undoing

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It also points to advertising mail as the key to growth, making a subtle case for the continuation of exigency.

DHL's Parcelcopter to Become First Drone to Fly on its Own

DHL's Parcelcopter to Become First Drone to Fly on its Own

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The pilot project without a pilot will deliver prescription drugs to the North Sea Island of Juist.

Canada Post Intros D-I-Y Direct Mail Campaigns

Canada Post Intros D-I-Y Direct Mail Campaigns

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Snap Admail targets recipients, plans delivery routes, designs creative, and figures postage for SMBs in matters of hours.

USPS Board Chairman: "Packages Are the Future"

USPS Board Chairman: "Packages Are the Future"

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The 21st century Postal Service is about packages, Barnett tells committee chairman Carper, who agrees and adds that permanent exigency will recapitalize the agency.

USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail

USPS Commissions Brain Research on Direct Mail

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

The Dawn of Digital Détente?

The Dawn of Digital Détente?

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As the Postal Service gets more digital, Silicon Valley gets more analog. Perhaps it's time for a summit meeting.

Carper Condemns Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures

Carper Condemns Moratorium on Postal Facility Closures

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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

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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

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

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet

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The Postal Service uses its aging fleet as an object of pity. Why not deploy it as a revenue-generating media vehicle instead?

Carper Won't Give Up on Postal Reform in 2014

Carper Won't Give Up on Postal Reform in 2014

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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

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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.

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