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A Mid-Year Look at the Postal News and Issues We are Tracking

Posted June 28, 2019 by in Postal Issues Updates

June was a popular month for postal meetings. It started with the Association for Postal Commerce’s (PostCom) Study Day review of postal policy, followed by the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) spring meeting, during which members of the mailing industry discussed issues of concern with USPS executives, and wrapped up with the Idealliance Postal Operations & Technologies Council (POTC) (hosted by IWCO Direct), which addressed the operational side of industry/USPS interactions [...]

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Your Fall 2018 Postal News Update: New Governors, New Initiatives, and the Need for More Collaboration

Posted October 10, 2018 by in Postal Issues Updates

As I alluded to in my post this past June, it’s been a year of non-stop activity for postal nerds. The opportunities to learn about new approaches to postal optimization just keep coming. The fall meeting of the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) was held last week, with additional association meetings happening through Thanksgiving (even  […]

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Summer 2018 Postal Update: Reform Appears On Hold Until Task Force Issues Report Later This Summer

Posted June 27, 2018 by in Direct Marketing Trends

The last few weeks have been busy for postal nerds like me. While postal issues may not get the press other topics in Washington do, there is certainly a lot going on behind the scenes—including factors impacting postal reform—to continue to keep people like me busy over the summer. Let’s take a look at what’s  […]

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Time is Almost Up: The PRC Needs to Hear You’re Against Draconian Postage Rate Increases

Posted February 28, 2018 by in Postal Issues Updates

This week, the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) received a letter from me that began, “We are writing to express our strong opposition to the rate-making framework you have proposed as a result of your 10-year review of the CPI-based annual price cap established under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA).” The language  […]

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Why the Mailing Industry Needs to Engage with the PRC to Improve its Ratemaking Proposal

Posted December 12, 2017 by in Postal Issues Updates

As you may have heard, changes are coming to the process for setting postage rates. Media headlines suggest the changes are already a done deal, but that is far from accurate. Here’s what’s really going on in the world of postage rates. A Little Background Our current postal law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act  […]

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Summer MTAC Meetings Focus on Big Challenges and Big Opportunities for the USPS in 2018

Posted August 29, 2017 by in Postal Issues Updates

Mailing industry stakeholders gathered last week at U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC for the summer meeting of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). These meetings always provide a great opportunity for networking among USPS executives and industry leaders, as well as the chance to learn more about what’s happening in the postal world.  […]

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Looking Ahead to Postage Rates in 2018

Posted July 19, 2017 by in Postal Issues Updates

It’s getting to be that time when companies start to think about budgets for the coming year. For mailers, this includes the annual look into the crystal ball to try to determine what postage rates they will need to build into their budgets. For 2018, this process is proving particularly challenging based on the number  […]

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