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Is 5-Day Delivery USPS's Way of Saying It's Giving Up on Mail?

Is 5-Day Delivery USPS's Way of Saying It's Giving Up on Mail?

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The head of the PRC and a noted union leader think so. They wonder why such an exclusive business isn't 24/7 instead.

A Post Office Lifer's 7-Point Survival Plan for USPS

A Post Office Lifer's 7-Point Survival Plan for USPS

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Former USPS market research chief Kent Smith says the Post Office can thrive if it can stop acting like a commodity player and start exploiting opportunities.

Finally, a Direct Mail Feelgood Story

Finally, a Direct Mail Feelgood Story

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Despite digital trends, direct mailer North American Communications is ramping up for growth, and in turn, creating jobs in a place where good jobs are rare.

PRC Directs Postal Service to Address Excessive Discounts

PRC Directs Postal Service to Address Excessive Discounts

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The Postal Regulatory Commission's Compliance Determination for 2013 directs USPS to tighten the belt on workshare discounts and Standard Flats.

News Byte: USPS Delays Load-Leveling Plan

News Byte: USPS Delays Load-Leveling Plan

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Set to be in place today, the workload reduction plan will wait for Postal Service officials to review the PRC's advisory opinion.

PRC Pans USPS's Load-Leveling Plan

PRC Pans USPS's Load-Leveling Plan

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The Postal Regulatory Commission advises USPS to take a better accounting of mailers' needs before executing its workload equalization plans.

In Search of a New Postal Paradigm

In Search of a New Postal Paradigm

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John Callan's Postal Vision 2020 will convene the world's finest postal minds to explore future options for mail in America. Here, the delivery industry veteran gives his own views on what lies ahead.

USPS Taps Honeywell to Make Mobile Delivery Devices

USPS Taps Honeywell to Make Mobile Delivery Devices

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All letter carriers will soon use the handheld devices, which will allow mailers to access real-time tracking of deliveries.

Postal Service CIO Makes a Case for Intelligent Mail

Postal Service CIO Makes a Case for Intelligent Mail

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It's an investment that must be made to integrate mail with digital methods, says Jim Cochrane. Mailers reeling from a 6% rate increase, however, will be hard to convince.

In a First, the PRC Releases a Special Report on USPS Finances

In a First, the PRC Releases a Special Report on USPS Finances

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The Postal Regulatory Commission puts out its financial analysis ahead of its annual compliance report in the interests of "greater clarity, transparency, and accountability."

News Byte: Spiderman to Sling Priority Mail for Postal Service

News Byte: Spiderman to Sling Priority Mail for Postal Service

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The webslinger, who returns to theaters in May, will begin appearing on Priority Mail boxes and mail trucks.

News Byte: Ricoh Ups Solutions for Rate-Challenged Mailers

News Byte: Ricoh Ups Solutions for Rate-Challenged Mailers

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Ricoh's software business incorporates enterprise-level functionalities from its IBM acquisition.

Postal Committee Considers the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room

Postal Committee Considers the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room

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Exigency-distressed mailers have been wondering when Congress would address USPS's huge healthcare pre-funding issue. It finally did.

News Byte: FEMA Veteran Takes Over as PRC General Counsel

News Byte: FEMA Veteran Takes Over as PRC General Counsel

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David A. Trissell served seven years in the same role for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

2014 Essential Guide to Direct Mail Marketing

2014 Essential Guide to Direct Mail Marketing

Direct Marketing News is proud to present the 2014 Essential Guide to Direct Mail Marketing, our comprehensive supplement offering strategies and tactics to help ensure you're in the DM loop.

Direct Mail Fallacies & Realities

Direct Mail Fallacies & Realities

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11 direct mail marketing myths dispelled by industry experts. They know their DM.

Building Relationships With Elected Officials Is Good Business

Building Relationships With Elected Officials Is Good Business

It's relatively easy—and extremely beneficial—to cozy up to members of Congress.

Your ROI Is in the Mail

Your ROI Is in the Mail

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Yes, direct mail marketing still pays off—usually more than its digital counterparts.

Mailers Appeal Exigent Rate Hike

Mailers Appeal Exigent Rate Hike

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Action asks U.S. Court of Appeals to strike down 4.3% increase. An appeal to extend the limits of the exigency is expected from USPS any day.

In a Revised Senate Postal Bill, Exigency Is Forever

In a Revised Senate Postal Bill, Exigency Is Forever

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The new version of the Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Act would make the exigent increase rate the baseline for future increases. The proposed rate cap would be CPI plus 1%.

Sen. Coburn to Retire at Close of Current Congress

Sen. Coburn to Retire at Close of Current Congress

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The co-sponsor of the Postal Reform Act, which still awaits markup, will leave the Senate next January.

They Got Those Post-Exigency Postal Blues

They Got Those Post-Exigency Postal Blues

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Bulk mailers and the Postal Service once had a good thing going, but no relationship lasts forever. Now mailers prepare for some hard days ahead.

USPS Aims to Institute Load Leveling in March

USPS Aims to Institute Load Leveling in March

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Standard mailings that hit postal facilities on Friday won't be delivered until Tuesday under the cost-saving plan.

News Byte: USPS Appeals the PRC's Intelligent Mail Barcode Decision

News Byte: USPS Appeals the PRC's Intelligent Mail Barcode Decision

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The Post Office takes issue with the Commission's contention that IMb requirements constitute a price increase.

The Inspector General's Top 10 Postal Stories of 2013

The Inspector General's Top 10 Postal Stories of 2013

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Exigency wasn't all; there also were clouds, drones, trolls, and travails of days in the postal news last year.

Will There Be an End to This State of Exigency?

Will There Be an End to This State of Exigency?

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Buried in the Postal Regulatory Commission's 219-page decision to institute a 4.3% exigent postal rate increase is a morsel of hope: Exigency may not be forever.

Carper Delays Markup of Postal Reform Bill

Carper Delays Markup of Postal Reform Bill

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The PRC's ruling on the exigent rate request is expected soon. But the USPS intends to enforce new rates on January 27.

News Byte: Mailers Applaud PRC's Decision on Intelligent Mail Barcode

News Byte: Mailers Applaud PRC's Decision on Intelligent Mail Barcode

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The coalition praises the Postal Regulatory Commission for helping protect mailers against USPS's "monopoly powers."

What's in Store

What's in Store

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I've asked the Direct Marketing News team to share their 2014 predictions, based on their many conversations with pundits from the industry. Here's what they had to say.

Exigent Excerpts

Exigent Excerpts

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Key passages from the mailing industry's anti-exigency appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission.

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