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To the USPS: Focus on Mail Volume Growth, Not Postage Rate Increases

Posted August 4, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

After the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its 10-year strategic plan, Delivering for America, I shared my thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan. Two of my largest concerns were the limited focus on growing mail volume and the plan’s reliance on price increases to drive financial stability. Since the plan was released, the USPS has proposed the largest postage rate increase in 15 years.

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Breaking Down the USPS Strategic Plan – Areas of Support and Concern

Posted March 31, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

Last week, the U.S. Postal Service released its long-awaited 10-Year Strategic Plan. The plan, entitled Delivering for America, outlines how the Postal Service proposes to achieve financial stability over the next ten years. As with any plan of this scope and scale, there are aspects many postal stakeholders can support and other aspects that may cause stakeholders concern.

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The Postal Service Will be Here Tomorrow – Despite What You’ve Seen in the Media

Posted August 26, 2020 by in Postal Issues Updates

The U.S. Postal Service has been the trending story in the news cycle for the last few weeks, raising questions about a variety of Postal Service issues including mail delivery, operational changes, removal of equipment, and USPS finances. As a result, marketers are asking questions about what to expect in the coming weeks and months,  […]

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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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Latest Postal News for Spring 2019 – IWCO Direct

Why You Should Care About the Latest Postal News

Posted March 27, 2019 by in Postal Issues Updates

Have you heard of Areas Inspiring Mail (AIM)? It’s a Postal Service program that offers mailers and marketers the opportunity to meet with USPS Area and Headquarters leaders to learn about the latest postal news and initiatives and how to integrate mail into omnichannel marketing campaigns. I have the privilege of serving as the industry  […]

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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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