March 20 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is all but certain to have a severe, negative financial impact on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), significantly accelerating when it will face a liquidity crisis and be u... View More
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Feb. 26 2020
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on December 5, 2019, issued its long-awaited next step on its statutorily mandated “10-year” review of the Postal Service’s rate system. A Look... View More
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Feb. 21 2020
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced the incentive/promotion programs for 2020. These promotion programs began in 2011 with the first QR barcode incentive and have continued w... View More
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Feb. 10 2020
The Postal Service’s financial woes are well known. The problems are complex, but some say postal banking could be a new revenue stream that helps the USPS out of its money problems... View More
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Jan. 27 2020
For the past 20 years, I have been creating comparison charts that go over the changes in rates in order to show our clients how it will affect budgets. It’s important to understand that whe... View More
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Jan. 6 2020
On August 13, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its intent to test-market a new product called Plus One. This is an experime... View More
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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... View More
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Dec. 16 2019
For decades, 2020 has been a time marker used for futuristic changes, the rise of technology, human advancement, and more. In 1997, Wired magazine picked 2020 as the year when “humans arrive... View More
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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... View More
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Dec. 3 2019
As mailers head into 2020, a key resolution on their list may be to streamline their mailing and shipping operations, and the United States Postal Service introduced a new offering earlier thi... View More
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Oct. 3 2019
As touted, the Postal Service has created their own omnichannel tool for mail with the development of the Informed Delivery platform. From all accounts, the Informed Delivery (ID) program, whi... View More
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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... View More
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Sept. 8 2019
I remember when I first started to learn the basics of mail and, later, about the advantages of transporting mail pieces for entry at destinations closer to where the mail pieces would be delivered in
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Sept. 3 2019
Seamless Acceptance is designed to streamline the verification, acceptance, payment, and induction of mail. This program has benefits for both mailers and the USPS. Many mailers have adopted S... View More
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Aug. 27 2019
Informed Visibility (IV) was launched in early 2018 to provide near real-time reporting data within the mail stream for both the Postal Service and the mailing industry. The Postal Service’s... View More
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Aug. 12 2019
During Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan’s keynote address at this year’s National Postal Forum (NPF), she spoke about digital’s potential and the Postal Service’s commitment... View More
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July 26 2019
Direct mail has long been the workhorse of direct marketing, but in our mobile-centric world, digital marketing channels often take center stage. Choosing the correct marketing channel for your... View More
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July 15 2019
After months of silence on questions related to the potential US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the USPS finally provided some information at the MTAC Membership Assembly on... View More
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June 24 2019
In the words of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” There is one significant first step that those involved with shaping the vision of the... View More
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June 19 2019
As they do every year, USPS and all the major shipping carriers have rolled out rate increases and process changes for 2019. But in the case of USPS, this year’s changes are more aggressive th... View More

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