Today’s program included a pair of awards that went to very worthy recipients.
The IDEAllinace Circle Award went to Shawn Baldwin of BCC Software, for his work on the Mail.XML committee.
The big award of the day, the Mumma Award, went to Becky Dobbins, Manager of Product Classification, USPS. Both recipients have worked long and tirelessly for the mailing industry and the betterment of the Postal Service.
One of the perks of being in the industry as long as I have been – is being able to get to know and to work with wonderful people like these. Great choices for recognition.
Blogging today from the IDEAlliance Print Distribution 15 Conference. Preconference round tables this morning included discussion on topics such as Mail.dat and Mail.XML, new postal rates and rate setting, and postal discounts and incentives. Speakers this afternoon include Tony Hammond, Vice Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission ; and Linda Malone, VP Network Operations, USPS.
IDEAlliance has been working in the postal arena since 1967, with the founding of the Mailing Services Committee, which is the longest continually running committee of IDEAllince as a whole. IDEAllince at its core is a think tank and a change agent, defining, enhancing, and creating best practices.
My colleagues at IDEAllince are some of the best thinkers, movers, and shakers in the mailing supply chain. I always learn a lot and benefit from the discussions taking place.
Look for more posts from the conference in the next few days.
Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe will leave the Postal Service effective May 22, after three years as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
PMG Megan Brennan said Manabe has been “a strong leader” for the Postal Service. “Nagisa elevated our approach to pricing, product and service development, and marketing strategy,” said Brennan. “She brought the organization closer to our customers through a higher level of engagement.
”Manabe led her teams in reinvigorating USPS advertising and marketing efforts, and oversaw the successful “Priority: You” branding and the recent “This is Our Season” holiday advertising campaign. Her marketing leadership extended to the stamps program, including the introduction of limited-edition stamps.
“Nagisa strengthened our customer partnerships and relationships,” said Brennan. “She helped the organization sharpen its focus on both our business customers and our end customer, the consumer.”
Preliminary indications are that USPS will continue to plod through the minefield without stopping, and will push forward with April 26 First Class rate increases. Then they will add another rate change if they can ever figure out how to get the Standard, Periodicals, and Package Services prices to comply with the law. (And maybe a third change if the courts can ever rule on the exigency roll back).
USPS will continue to make planning and budgeting for mail owners next to impossible, or at best, with little to no lead time. Mailers – and USPS – will be in a continuously updating cycle, with little to no time for testing anything prior to pushing it out.
Strange days indeed.
Please note – this is all conjecture and personal opinion, nothing has been officially communicated by USPS as of this post, (besides no comment). Stay tuned, because your guesses are as good as mine as far as this unprecedented rate case is concerned.