IWCO Direct is actively involved in a number of associations that advocate for the mailing industry on postal issues, including EMA, PostCom, and Idealliance. We believe it’s important to be vocal about issues ranging from postal reform legislation to mail preparation and other postal operational concerns. That’s why we’re pleased to host this year’s summer meeting of the Idealliance Postal Operations and Technologies Council (POTC) at our Chanhassen campus.
The POTC works to improve mail preparation, postal distribution, logistics, and transportation through the application of information and supply chain technologies. Our engagement with Idealliance is multifaceted, encompassing our strong commitment to G7 color control technologies, our participation in the Mail.dat/XML working group, and more. (For example, IWCO Direct and our logistics partner, King Solutions, have been early participants in an Idealliance-sponsored pilot project to enhance transportation messaging that will give the Postal Service better insight into drop-shipped mail arriving at its facilities.)
IWCO Direct views the POTC meeting as an important venue for engaging with postal executives as well as our peers to resolve concerns related to USPS operations and logistics. As hosts of this meeting, IWCO Direct provides space, refreshments, and technical support for the meeting. Bob Rosser, Director of Postal Affairs, has spent the past six months working with the IWCO Direct administrative team to ensure all arrangements are in place for a successful gathering.
Who’s Attending the POTC’s Summer Meeting and What They’ll Discuss
Before the official start of the meeting, POTC members will have the opportunity to tour the Minneapolis/St. Paul Network Distribution Center (NDC) in Eagan with Tony Williams, Northland District Manager, and Roy Reynolds, Sr. Plant Manager for the Northland District.
USPS executives participating in the POTC’s summer meeting include Marc McCrery, acting VP Mail Entry & Payment Technology, and Steve Phelps, acting VP Pricing & Costing. Core issues for POTC currently include the USPS “Informed” platforms and their expansion into Informed Mobility and Informed Address, how the USPS is using APIs to support programs, and the USPS’s 10-year strategic plan that is expected to be released by early July.
In the past year, the POTC worked with PostCom and the National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM) to develop a 2018 ‒ 2020 Mail Supply Chain Strategic Plan, outlining the mailing industry’s vision for a more cohesive and competitive mail supply chain network. This plan has been shared with Postal Service executives, and we are hopeful to see many of its proposals included in the soon-to-be-released USPS 10-year strategic plan.
As a first-time host, IWCO Direct is very excited to have the opportunity for our POTC friends to join us. It’s a chance for a larger group of IWCO Direct associates to engage with the POTC experience, as well as a great opportunity to show off our hometown and brag about the excellent team we work with from the USPS Northland District.
This won’t be our only Idealliance-hosting experience this summer: we’ll be hosting our second G7 training event at our Chanhassen campus in August. Keep reading SpeakingDIRECT, where Steve Malec will share the inside story on that event.