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Still Obligated After All These Years
May 4 2022
Apologies to Paul Simon for borrowing his song title, but it seems to fit our favorite federal agency. Just as Simon had moved from nostalgia into colder emotions, the Postal Service has evolv
USPS Service Standards: Your Experience May Vary
March 28 2022
The next time you encounter a car ad, or one for an investment or dietary supplement, somewhere in the fine print will be a clarification that what’s shown may not be representative of a typ
Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Happenings of the Mail Industry
Feb. 28 2022
An annual February ritual is the use of a ground-dwelling rodent to forecast the chances for an end to winter weather. Looking ahead and hoping for an improvement – to the weather or any other condi
Back to the Future: What Does 2022 Hold for the Mail Industry?
Dec. 6 2021
Late in every year, it’s inevitable that people ask about the outlook for the following year. To answer any such forward-looking question, though, it’s always necessary to behind us and...
The USPS Price Increase: Bad News for Mail Producers
June 13 2021
That the Postal Service is seeking higher rates – significantly higher rates – is no longer breaking news. Nonetheless, some of what lies behind
The USPS 10-Year Plan: Analyzing the Details
May 28 2021
There was a commercial for Toyota that aired several years ago that had the tag line, “You asked for it, you got it.” In this case, given that the Postal Service finally issued its 10-year
Informed Delivery: The Numbers Tell the Story
April 22 2021
Back in 2014, the Postal Service was developing something called Real Mail Notification as part of its continuing effort to keep hard-copy mail relevant in an increasingly electronic world. A
When It Comes to USPS Issues, the Right Audiences Need to Get the Message
March 24 2021
Over the past few months, and especially over the recent holiday season, there were many occasions on which a postal customer – a representative of a commercial mailer, a mailer’s client
Ballot Bedlam: A Look at the USPS’s Role in One of the Most Contentious Elections in US History
March 15 2021
For the Postal Service, it was one that will not be remembered fondly. The pandemic impacted USPS employees, severely suppressed the mailing activity of many businesses, and drove an unforesee
Analysis: Parsing the Causes for a Historic Service Collapse
Feb. 5 2021
Usually, after the busy fall mailing season and the holiday rush, things return to normal for the Postal Service and its commercial mailing customers. As everyone knows, however, the cur
USPS Current Events: Separating Fact from Fiction
Sept. 1 2020
In today’s political climate, all of us see a constant flow of news that, depending on the outlet, is colored by the opinions of the presenter. While people can argue over “fake news,”...
Do USPS Promotions Work?
May 13 2020
It’s common in the retail world for a store to have a special promotion – signage, advertising, and reduced prices – to build sales of a given product or to drive more customers into...
The USPS: Political Bread and Water?
May 5 2020
Prisoners on bread and water get just the minimum to stay alive. For whatever reason, their wardens won’t simply kill them, but they won’t restore them to health, either. The current way the...
Rate-setting Rumors and Facts
April 7 2020
Depending on who’s telling the story, postage prices may rise by a little or a lot, or may not, because the Postal Service will go broke otherwise, or it won’t. Any ratepayer would be confus
The Importance of Archiving Your Postal Data
Dec. 23 2019
Recently, we were asked how long it is necessary to retain data. This, of course, begged the question, what data? The answer in all cases is: all the files that would be needed to recreate all
2020 USPS Rates Finalized – Almost
Dec. 10 2019
In separate orders, the Postal Regulatory Commission has approved price changes for 2020 for USPS competitive products and most market-dominant products, but rejected the Postal Service’s pr
Federal Court Vacates First-Class Mail Rates
Sept. 29 2019
In a September 13 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granted a petition for review of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s November 13, 2018, order approving the postage pric
The Postal Groundhog
Jan. 11 2019
Every February, people in Punxsutawney (PA) drag a poor hibernating woodchuck out of its burrow so it can be used to forecast how much winter weather remains. This annual rite has long outlived its pr
The USPS Ends One Bad Year and Anticipates Another: What’s the Problem?
Dec. 12 2018
There has to be a certain sense of satisfaction to the leaders of the Postal Service, not because they’re part of the team that runs a sprawling public agency, or because they control a multi-billio
Are Changes to Standard Mail on the Horizon?
Nov. 1 2018
An unfortunate yet chronic criticism of the Postal Service is that it seems to not understand its commercial customers’ businesses. What they do, why they do it, what their business objectives are...