Archive for February 22nd, 2013

Postal Service Defends Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue

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Postal Service officials said the ends justify the means, as all the major mailing players attend the conference each year. In 2012, USPS customers who spent more than $22 billion in postage attended, which represents one-third of all Postal Service revenue, a spokeswoman said. The agency spent about $1.9 million on the conference last year, but brought in $160 million in revenue from closing nearly 100 sales.

“This is a revenue-generating opportunity,” Zy Richardson, the spokeswoman, told Government Executive. “This is a public event that anyone can attend. It’s not a secret, internal event.”

Some news reports have noted the conference — hosted in San Francisco by the National Postal Forum, a non-profit educational corporation — includes a golf tournament networking event. However, the golfing is not included in the registration fees for the conference and any Postal Service employee participating must pay his or her own way to participate. The reports also pointed to a “dance party” as a dubious expense for the struggling agency, but Richardson said USPS in no way contributed to the associated expenses and the party is not a part of its $2 million conference budget.

via Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue – Management – GovExec.com.

Facts.  What a decent investigative report should look for…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Mail Delivery Delayed As Trucks Struggle To Navigate Snowy Roads

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Postal Service leaders in Wichita say numerous trucks got stuck heading to the Wichita main plant and then from the Wichita main plant to each city post office.

via Mail Delivery Delayed As Trucks Struggle To Navigate Snowy Roads.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Promotions and Incentive Programs for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail

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From the DMM Advisory:

Today the Federal Register published our Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) final rule that revises mailing standards to include new promotions and incentive programs that will be offered in 2013 for Presorted and automation First-Class Mail® cards, letters, and flats and Standard Mail® letters, flats, or parcels.

In this final rule, we provide a description of the eligibility conditions for six promotional programs and the revised mailing standards to implement them, as well as listing the types of mailpieces eligible for each promotion.

The DMM effective date is March 4, 2013.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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DELIVERING SOLUTIONS AT THE NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM

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DELIVERING SOLUTIONS AT THE NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM

Talk strategy. Explore innovation and technology. Exchange ideas and hear from Postal Service leadership.

For members of the mailing industry, the National Postal Forum (NPF) is the place to do just that.

This year’s NPF, March 17–20 in San Francisco, will feature four days of business sessions with more than 130 educational opportunities, exploring topics that range from strategy to operations, marketing to technology.

via MailPro – Volume 7 Number 1 January/February 2013.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 am

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