Wishing all of my readers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Per a USPS Industry Alert:
Tampa Bulk Mail Entry Unit – Power Outage
Monday, November 23, 2015
The Tampa Bulk Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) will be without power until 5:00p.m. today due to an accident that disabled all cable systems to the facility. Until the outage has been resolved, all permit imprint mailers are being asked to use the Tampa Airport BMEU location as their primary acceptance unit to drop off their mailings.
2016 Labeling List and Mail Direction File Schedule
Elaine Kamarck’s essay, “Delaying the Inevitable: Political Stalemate and the U.S. Postal Service,” grossly misstates the facts about the central cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis, which is the statutory requirement to pre‐fund retiree health benefits. Current law, enacted in 2006, requires the Postal Service to pre‐fund these benefits over a 10‐year period at a cost …
The agency’s manager for data science and exploration told Nextgov his team plans to use predictive analytics to foresee future cyberintrusions.
November Mailers Technical Advisory Committe General Session and Focus meeting agendas can be accessed here:
Over the past five years, USPS management has made multiple attempts—at the regulator, at the federal appeals court, and in Congress—to price well above the rate of inflation because it lost volume during the 2007-2009 recession. U.S. Postal Service leaders need to know that this is more than an academic exercise. It is anathema to retaining existing mail customers.
When Titans collide: UPS petitions the PRC to change USPS costing methodologies | Save the Post Office
The United Parcel Service is very concerned that you might be paying too much for a postage stamp.
If you’re wondering why UPS would be worried about something like that, it has to do with the way postal rates are set. According to the law, each USPS product is supposed to cover its share of the Postal Service’s operating costs, which includes costs attributable to that product as well as a share of total institutional costs.
UPS believes that market-dominant products — First Class mail, Standard mail, and periodicals — are covering more than their fair share of the Postal Service’s operating costs, while competitive products — Priority and most shipping services — are not paying enough.
As a result, argues UPS, the average customer who buys a First-Class stamp is paying too much because part of the stamp’s price is being used to subsidize competitive products. UPS wants the cost allocation methodology changed so that competitive products pay a larger share of the Postal Service’s operating costs.