Postal Service sues to create new product for DVD mailings

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The agency wanted the new mailer to be a “competitive product” instead of a “market dominant product” – which is when the Postal Service controls most or a large portion of the market for that product. That would have given the Postal Service greater flexibility over pricing.

The Postal Service also argued that the mailing of DVDs competed with on-demand and direct download services, which would serve as a check against the Postal Service dominating the market.

But the PRC denied the request, saying that the Postal Service has too much market control over that category since no other company provided the mass shipping of DVDs and that digital services did not serve as a check against the agency’s market power.

via Postal Service sues to create new product for DVD mailings.

USPS wants to be a business, except when it isn’t convenient, then they want to be a monopoly  And there seems to be plenty of money for lawsuits, just none for delivering the mail and meeting service standards.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 24th, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 6

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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The Postal Newsgroup: Postal Service Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Some Facilities, Leaves Most Facilities Clueless With No Information

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The Postal Newsgroup: Postal Service Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Some Facilities, Leaves Most Facilities Clueless With No Information.

…And leaves customers wondering where their mail is, and when it will be delivered.  Reports on delays are coming in fast and furious, including 4 day First Class delivery, and erratic and unstable Standard Class delivery.  If Consolidations have been delayed, heaven help service when they are actually implemented.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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“Gone With the Mail?” Postal Museum Readies Mail Industry Saga – Direct Marketing News

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Here’s the big news about the National Postal Museum; the news that will have direct mailers and catalogers spending layovers there by the droves. The museum is hard at work assembling its next big exhibit: “The Mailing Industry.”

“It’s the one story we haven’t told,” says Museum Director Allen Kane, a 30-plus-year veteran of the Postal Service who ultimately served as its chief marketer. “It’s a huge story, and we didn’t know how to tell it.”

Now, however, the outline for the narrative is underway. The museum has hired a project director—mail industry veteran Karen McCormick, former president of Fulfillment Express. It has identified a dozen segments of the mailing industry and begun collecting ideas and information from groups such as the National Postal Policy Council, the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee, and the Volume Mailers Group. The main story points “The Mailing Industry” hopes to present are:

How companies and entire industries adapt to serve communication needs through the Postal Service;

How entrepreneurs, innovators, and multi-generational family businesses helped enhance and grow commerce channels through the Postal Service;

How important the USPS-mailing industry partnership is to the U.S. economy; and

How the USPS network helped to build the mailing industry.

via “Gone With the Mail?” Postal Museum Readies Mail Industry Saga – Direct Marketing News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:09 am

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“Gone With the Mail?” Postal Museum Readies the Mail Industry Saga – Direct Marketing News

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:58 pm

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Postal Service Unveils New Line Of Stamps Honoring Americans Who Still Use Postal Service | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

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Postal Service Unveils New Line Of Stamps Honoring Americans Who Still Use Postal Service | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

Postal Service Unveils New Line Of Stamps Honoring Americans Who Still Use Postal Service | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

NOTE:  The Onion is a news satire organization.  If you’re not sure what satire is, definition here:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/satire

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:53 pm

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Love: Forever Hearts stamps

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Love: Forever Hearts stamps.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:08 am

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Pushing the Envelope: The USPS Long Life Vehicle

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Be sure to click through and take a look at this infographic on USPS vehicles.  I learned a lot…

http://www.greatbusinessschools.org/usps-long-life-vehicle/

Thank you to Krista for sharing!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:05 am

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Letters: Postal service must wake up – GreenwichTime

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Postmaster General Pat Donahue’s plan during the drop of first-class mail and the recession is a plan of strictly negative aspects and thinking. It’s like cutting off arms and legs to save the torso. You might as well cut off the head too, because the plan is without vision, forward looking thought, or understanding of how the internet and technology has affected the delivery business. It’s a panicked response to a falling budget based solely on reduction, and reaction to the past. Rather than looking forward and seeing the huge boom in parcel delivery that the internet and companies like Amazon and EBay are creating, the postal service responded with a complete lack of foresight and could only see reduction in its future.

via Letters: Postal service must wake up – GreenwichTime.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 21st, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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Postal Rate Increase Is No Surprise. But Why Now? – Direct Marketing News

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Key members of the mailing community were not surprised that the U.S.Postal Service took the inflationary rate adjustment it would customarily have asked for months ago, and they were not alarmed at the 2% hike.They just wanted to know why the Postal Service couldn’t have held off for a few more weeks to learn the D.C. Court of Appeals decision on whether exigency will stay or go.

via Postal Rate Increase Is No Surprise. But Why Now? – Direct Marketing News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 19th, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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