The U.S. Postal Service—despite its promise to “apply judicious and prudent strategies” in the use of additional rate authority it recently acquired from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)— has proposed a postage rate increase averaging 6.8% for First-Class and Marketing Mail, which if approved will take effect August 29. This represents the full amount of […]
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.
When I last wrote about what was happening with the Postal Service, the agency was in the midst of an overwhelming holiday peak season, during which a COVID-driven drop in employee availability combined with record parcel volume had resulted in extreme delivery challenges in several parts of the country.
As one of the most challenging years in recent memory draws to a close, we wanted our final postal issues update of the year to reflect on what has been a bumpy year for the U.S. Postal Service and take a look at what may be ahead in the coming year.
The postal team at IWCO Direct has been fielding lots of questions about what’s happening with the U.S. Postal Service. As we discuss below, the Postal Service continues to deliver for the American public despite the challenges we all have been facing this year. One of the most frequent questions we receive in the fall […]
On Wednesday, we took a high-level look at concerns about operational changes that are happening at the U.S. Postal Service and have been a prominent part of recent news cycles. Today, we’re offering direct mail advice to marketers on what they need to understand about working with the Postal Service while planning their fall direct […]
On Monday, Louis DeJoy became the 75th Postmaster General (PMG), succeeding Megan Brennan. We thank Ms. Brennan for her leadership and many years of service to the broader postal community as she makes her transition into a well-deserved retirement. Mr. DeJoy is the first PMG in nearly 20 years to come from outside the […]
If you’ve been paying attention to postal headlines in the past week or two, no one would blame you for thinking the U.S. Postal Service is on life support. Many customers and business partners have been asking us about the health and well-being of the Postal Service. (Even my millennial colleagues are reporting seeing the […]
It’s that time of year when the budgeting process shifts into high gear, and mailers start asking about what may change in the coming year’s postage rates. The 2020 rate proposal, filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) last week, was mostly in line with what letter mailers had expected […]
Cost, cycle time, and response. It’s interesting that these three topics are always brought up, and always in this order, when we ask our clients what keeps them up at night. We would expect them to be listed in the reverse order. Here’s how it usually breaks down for marketers.