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Postal Innovation Act introduced in Congress « Post & Parcel

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Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Huffman have introduced the Postal Innovation Act in the US Congress.

As previously reported, Senator Cory Booker introduced similar legislation in the US Senate on 24 July. Representatives Blumenauer and Huffman introduced their bill in Congress on Wednesday (29 July).

In a joint statement, the Congressmen said that the Postal Innovation Act aims to “create a framework that will modernize the United States Postal Service (USPS) to address its growing financial problems and ensure it remains a cornerstone of the American community”.

The bill has a strong focus on bringing USPS vehicles in line with environmental and safety standards, but it also includes “innovative” proposals on how the postal service can generate revenue from new services, and drive down costs.

According to Representative Blumenauer: “This legislation will give the Postal Service flexibility to offer services above and beyond mail delivery – simple banking services and Internet connectivity, to name a few.”

Representative Huffman echoed the sentiment: “Our bill allows the U.S. Postal Service the freedom to expand their business model and add new services, helping them increase revenues and reach financial stability.”One of the proposals put forward by the Postal Innovation Act would be to allow USPS “to ship beer, wine, and spirits”. This dovetails neatly with The USPS Shipping Equity Act, which also seeks to overturn the century-long prohibition on sending alcoholic beverates through the US post. Representative Jackie Speier, who first introduced the bill in the 2013 session, issued a statement on Thursday (30 July) saying: “It’s ridiculous that we’re allowing UPS, FedEx, and other companies to ship spirits, wine, and beer to consumers, while banning the U.S. Postal Service from doing the exact same thing.”

Source: Postal Innovation Act introduced in Congress « Post & Parcel

Congress is great at starting things, they just have a hard time actually finishing anything.

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:19 am

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Getting the mail? Get ready to take a walk :: WRAL.com

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New housing developments are popping all over the place. But there is something missing: Mailboxes in the front yards. Across the country, in new housing developments, the United States Postal Service is changing from door-to-door delivery to centralized delivery.

“It’s exactly what it sounds like,” said USPS spokeswoman Monica Coachman. “It means that our carriers will be able to go to a centralized point, deliver the mail for that particular subdivision and then move on to the next destination.”

The Postal Service says it’s a more efficient and cost-effective way to deliver the mail.

Source: Getting the mail? Get ready to take a walk :: WRAL.com

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:17 am

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» High-Accuracy Mapping: An Opportunity for the Post Office? Navigant Research

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:15 am

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National Postal Museum Is Sharing Secrets from Around the World! – National Postal Museum

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The National Postal Museum today opened PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard.” The exhibition offers a contemporary narrative of mail and the postal service, highlighting the aesthetics of postcards and the juxtaposition between anonymity and shared experiences. It will also reveal the unique relationship between mail, digital technology and social media. The exhibition will be open through September 2016.

Source: National Postal Museum Is Sharing Secrets from Around the World! – National Postal Museum

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:14 am

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