November 11, 2009
We've received word from our members that "It’s Veteran’s Day and the Postal
Service's appointment system allowed us to make appointments for facilities
that aren’t receiving drop ship mail." Nice goin' guys.
has reported that "The Isle of Man Post Office is warning of a costly postal
scam operating on the island."
writer for the
News Leader complains that "The economy is still hurting, and people
remain reluctant to spend their hard-earned cash on non-essentials. But
alas, the first blizzard of the season has hit my mailbox, and it's only
Connexion has reported that "The unions, which represent 95% of La Poste
workers, are planning the 24-hour walkout on November 24 in protest at a new
law that would turn the post office into a company with shareholders."
The Street has reported that "United Parcel Service said Wednesday the
U.S. holiday season is likely to be better than expected and it plans to
raise rates in 201o."
CEP News (Courier-Express-Postal), published by the MRU Consultancy, has reported that:
Despite a decrease in turnover and earnings in the third quarter,
Deutsche Post is targeting an increased profit for the full year 2009.
After a deficit of 60m euros the Norwegian Posten will shut down its
subsidiary Bring Citymail Denmark after three years.
TNT Post made a new proposal to the labour unions to dissolve the
conflict about the collective wage agreement. If the employees agree to
a salary cut between 2 and 3,5 percent TNT will renounce its planned
redundancies of 11,000 employees (CEPNews 14/07). According to the
proposal a salary cut by 3.5 percent would only result in the cut of
1,000 jobs until 2012.
The Bill to incorporate French La Poste has passed the Senate on Monday
The Austrian Trade Association has made serious accusations against the
Government in anticipation of the new Postal Law.
The Bulgarian Government intends to create basis for the deregulation of
the postal market, by a new postal law.
Sandd BV (Sort and Deliver), Netherlands biggest private mailing service
gained market shares from the post.
Deutsche Post’s international mail will become more expensive in 2010.
The Austrian Post signed a co-operation treaty with Francotyp-Postalia.
The agreement was signed last thursday between the austrian subsidiary
of world wide active FP-Group and the Österreichische Post.
plans growth by aquisitions next year.
The Austrian Post is getting into trouble with consecutive temporary
GLS, Royal Mail’s european parcel network, offers a new service to
Belgian mail order customers. Private customers may turn in their return
consignments in one of the 150 GLS parcel shops. To use this service the
mail order companies have to add a return label to the packet.
British B2C-Parcel specialist Home Delivery Network (HDNL) has announced
a co-operation with TNT. Since the beginning of November customers of
HDNL have access to TNT’s worldwide parcel delivery network. The
cooperation will be especially beneficial to retailers, who supply
The MRU, founded in 1992, is the only consultancy in Europe, which has specialised in the
market of courier-, express- and parcel services. For large-scale shippers and CEP-services in particular, the MRU provides
interdisciplinary advice for all major questions of the market, as there are for example market entry, product design,
organisation, and EDP.To learn more about the stories reported
above, contact CEP News. (We appreciate the courtesy extended by CEP News to help whet your
appetite for more of what CEP offers.)
Transport Intelligence has reported that "Two major airports and one of
Asia's leading cargo handling groups have reported their latest volumes,
showing signs that a recovery in the global air freight market is weak but,
Hellmail has reported that "TNT Post UK said today it was committed to
reducing the environmental impact of its business operations, particularly
door drop media, or leafleting, as it is sometimes referred to. A recent
report commissioned by TNT highlights some of the myths surrounding doordrop
activity, which has led to a negative perception of the industry in some
quarters in comparison to other media. The report covers the entire supply
line from paper production and printing right through to delivery and
recycling. On the TNT UK web site, the company lists selection of myths."
National Legal and Policy Center has reported that "On September 2, the
current president and two former officers of Local 189 of the American
Postal Workers Union were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Arkansas on a combined 200 counts, almost all of them wire
According to the
Wall Street Journal, "the holiday shopping season appears to be showing
some signs of life, at least for package-delivery giant FedEx Corp."
Inc. magazine has told its readers that "With bankruptcy looming, the
U.S. post office needs a major fix. We asked Inc. 500 CEOs how they would
approach the problem."
November 10, 2009
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From FedEx: "We
are gratified with the IRS audit team’s decision not to assess any tax or
penalty with respect to any of FedEx Ground’s independent contractors,
including our FedEx Home Delivery independent contractors for the years 2004
to 2006. This follows the Oct. 30th IRS audit team decision that said they
would not assess any tax or penalty with respect to any of FedEx Ground’s
independent contractors, including our FedEx Home Delivery independent
contractors for the year 2002. While similar issues may be audited for
calendar years 2007 and 2008, we believe the Audit Team should reach the
same conclusion on these issues for each of those years, as well."
At the Postal Regulatory Commission:
Live audio broadcast
will air at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. This
technical conference – in
Docket No. R2010-1 – provides the
Postal Service an opportunity to clarify questions concerning the
implementation of a proposal to establish a specific
Move Update assessment charge for
First-Class Mail and to revise the manner in which the assessment charge
will be applied to Standard Mail. Links will be posted here
approximately 10 minutes prior to the broadcast. Those interested in
listening in should go to www.prc.com by 1:30 p.m. on the 12th and click
the appropriate link highlighted there. To facilitate a dialogue,
parties are urged to submit specific questions
prior to the conference. Questions should be sent to the
Postal Service’s designated contact person, Don O’Hara, Manager, Product
and to John D. Waller,
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Real-Time Process Control Application Refurbishing old equipment with new
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From the Federal Register:
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer has noted that "The Postal Service
has many problems not of its own making. What it doesn't need are postal
employees creating new ones that could drive its largest customers away.
Mary Ann Bennett provides a detailed illustration of how that is happening
Law.com has reported that "E-discovery is a huge expense, even for big
companies with lots of resources. United Parcel Service, Inc. is no
exception, and its legal department had enough. So the Atlanta-based
shipping company managed to save millions of dollars by outsourcing document
reviews to companies both here in the United States and overseas. But the
mounting scrutiny of document production by opposing counsel and courts, as
well as new federal rules relating to e-discovery, convinced UPS that it
needed to do more to get costs under control. The company decided to hire a
national e-discovery counsel, and it had to be a firm willing to abandon the
Times-Journal has reported that "Fort Payne Postmaster Mary Jo Crabtree
said Monday a former postal worker is under investigation for allegedly
taking mail. Crabtree would not release the name of the worker, but she said
the employee no longer works at the Fort Payne Post Office. “We had quite a
few customers call to report missing mail in the area,” Crabtree said. “The
target appeared to be birthday cards, but there were also get-well cards and
reported that "Transport Minister, Alexander Tsvetkov, has submitted to the
Prosecutor’s Office the audit report for the state-owned company Bulgarian
Posts Jsc for the period January 2007 – June 2009. The auditors have
uncovered several violations the gravest of which is related with the
purchase of new company cars."
Global Pensions has reported that "TNT Post plans to ask staff to pay
pension contributions for the first time as part of a cost cutting measure
meant to avoid significant layoffs."
Business Journal has reported that "FedEx Express will purchase 51
gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles from Azure Dynamics Corp. (TSX: AZD). The
vehicles will be delivered in November and December; most of those will be
put into service at a Bronx, N.Y., station. That station will have an
all-hybrid fleet of about 100 trucks."
November 9, 2009
The Postal Service has distributed its first-ever
Sustainability Report. A copy
has been posted on this site.
latest blog entry has been posted today on
the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Internet site “Pushing
the Envelope.” The public, mailers,
postal employees, and other stakeholders are invited to weigh in on the
online discussions taking place. To view
the site, visit
- Disappearing Collection Boxes. Is removing collection boxes
a reasonable cost-cutting move or a strategic mistake that the Postal
Service will later regret? What do you think?
You can visit Office of Inspector General’s public website at:
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If you have additional questions, please contact Communication and Work
Life Director Agapi Doulaveris at 703.248.2286.
Chicago Tribune has reported that "There's a little joke that Sen. Orrin
Hatch likes to tell about the so-called ''public option'' in the health-care
legislation that passed the House by a vote of 220-215 over the weekend. "One
big joke in Washington is, if the government ends up running health care,
it'll be just like the U.S. Postal Service,'' the Utah Republican
told Don Imus this morning in his new saddle at FOX Business Network. "There
will be long waiting periods, care would be expensive, and no babies would
be delivered without adequate postage."
Transport Intelligence has reported that "TNT Group is still facing
falling demand in its key markets with its just released third quarter
figures showing modest but significant falls in profits and sales. As
compared with the third quarter in 2008, Group Revenue fell by 5.9% to
€2.483bn whilst operating profits (Earnings Before Interest and Tax-EBIT)
fell by 9.6% to €179m. The Express business, which is the driver of the
Group's profits, saw heavy falls in business as compared to last year. The
third quarter often sees lower volumes in the Express sector but this year
revenue fell by 9% to €1.467bn and EBIT fell by 27.3% to €63m on a
year-on-year basis. TNT Group stated that "trading conditions have shown a
further stabilisation" but that "Customers continue to trade down to more
cost-effective delivery solutions and they continue, on a year-on-year
basis, to ship lower weights per consignment and lower consignment volumes".
Yet the rate of decline has become "sequentially less negative compared to
Q2 2009." The only real growth was seen in emerging markets with China
seeing a 19% growth in revenue."
Mary Ann Bennett, President & CEO of the Bennett Group,
major First-Class Mailers "have a vested interest
in making sure they have the absolute most current address data on file for
their customers. For decades, they have had in place
extraordinarily detailed and extensive processes to assure they have the
most current move/address information for their customers. For all these
years they have assumed they have been move update compliant by anyone’s
standards simply because of the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars
they have spent in making sure they have call centers place; processing
departments to handle any mail that is returned to them as part of mailing
at First class rates. They hear from their local
Post Offices about what a great customer they are of the United
States Postal Service---what a great partner they are! And
then they get a phone call from a Postal Inspector
who says "“Technically you have not been in compliance and listen Mr.
Mailer, if I go back a period of years, since this regulation has been in
place since 1997, technically I could go back and take away every postage
discount you have claimed over the last twelve years.
I could recover around $80 million but we will settle for just $2.5
million. We are going to settle for this reduced amount and
unless you pay this amount, we are going to rescind your mailing
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer has noted that:
- Given the difficulty of selling eliminating long-standing contract
provisions to their members, postal unions and the Postal Service are
likely heading toward an arbitrated contract agreement where an
arbitrator will be asked to make
the choice between jobs and compensation.
- On November 5th,
former Deputy Postmaster General Michael Caughlin suggested that the
Postal Service in order to survive must have a much smaller footprint
with possibly 150 plants and 400,000 employees....His response raises an
important question that opponents of shrinking the network will raise.
Can the Postal Service maintain service levels if the network of
processing plants shrinks to less than half of its current size?
DutchNews, "Postal firm TNT Post has made a new pay proposal to staff
which will remove the threat of 11,000 redundancies, the Telegraaf reported
at the weekend. The new proposal calls for company-wide pay cuts of between
2% and 3.5%. This would partly come from less generous Sunday work bonuses
and increased pension premiums, the paper says. If all members of staff
agree to a 3.5% pay cut, the number of compulsory sackings can be reduced to
not more than 1,000, a TNT spokesman told the paper."
According to the
Heartland Connection, "over 1300 Missouri checks were returned to the
IRS due to mailing address errors. To avoid this
problem in the future, the IRS recommends using the direct deposit option."
See also the
The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet at Postal
Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Nov. 12-13. The public is
welcome to observe the Board’s open session, scheduled to begin at 8:30
a.m., Nov. 13, in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is
expected to discuss the following items: Friday, Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. 1.
Call to order and approval of minutes of previous meetings. 2. Remarks of
the Chairman of the Board. 3. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO. 4.
Committee reports. 5. Consideration of fiscal year 2009 10-K, financial
statements and Postal Service annual report. 6. Consideration of fiscal year
2010 Integrated Financial Plan. 7. Consideration of fiscal year 2009
comprehensive statement and annual performance plan. 8. Quarterly report on
service performance. 9. Tentative agenda for the Dec. 8, 2009,
teleconference meeting. 10. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the
Board of Governors. 11. Adjourn.
November 8, 2009
Washington Post has reported that "House Democrats might use a swig of
"black liquor" to help health-care reform go down. Democratic leaders, who
have been searching high and low for ways to pay for health-care reform,
have fixed their sights on a cellulosic biofuel tax subsidy that could
benefit the paper industry, which has been burning a pulp byproduct known as
black liquor as fuel since the 1930s."
Manila Bulletin has reported that "he prevalence of cellular phones and
the Internet, among other instant messaging tools, along with the recent
financial crisis has affected operations of the Philippine Postal
Corporation (Philpost). Jocelyn Agravante, Philpost 7 1st District Manager
said that as the economic crisis badly hit the business sector especially
exports, the agency has also seen a decrease in international mail."
Hellmail has a piece on "Royal Mail - Insurrection, Strikes, Strategy
and Missed Opportunity."
November 7, 2009
Wall Street Journal has reported, "The jobless rate jumped to 10.2% in
October, the first time above 10% since the early 1980s. A total of 15.7
million Americans are out of work." [EdNote: Not exactly the harbinger
commercial mailers were hoping for on the way into the holiday mailing
Financial Times has reported that "Royal Mail and the postal union
offered starkly different interpretations yesterday of the interim agreement
that has allowed strikes to be called off until the new year. As details of
the agreement were published, the state-owned company said the deal was "on
all key issues the same" as that discussed last month, before members of the
Communication Workers Union began five days of national strikes. But the CWU
said the agreement contained "significant concessions" by Royal Mail that
had mainly emerged in the past few days. Most of the movement appears to
concern the negotiating process, disciplinary issues, overtime and a few
more specifics on the scope of the final deal, including all aspects of
KYW has reported that 'A South Jersey congressman is repeating his call
for answers regarding plans to close a regional US Postal Service
distribution facility early next year, eliminating hundreds jobs. And, if he
doesn’t get them soon, the fate of the facility could wind up in court.
Congressman Rob Andrews has heard nothing on the planned shutdown of the
Philadelphia Logistics and Distribution Center just outside Swedesboro in
Reuters has reported that "Dutch mail company TNT NV said on Saturday it
had sent a new proposal to unions, which included a maximum pay cut of 3.5
percent, but would prevent massive job cuts. "Keeping jobs comes first," the
company said in a letter to its workers, adding the proposal would give more
time to help workers to find other jobs."
According to the
Star Gazette, "Postal employees on Thursday received their 60-day notice
that their jobs in Elmira are being excessed, John Dahl, president of Elmira
Local 2255 of the American Postal Workers Union, said Friday. So far, only
one mail-processing machine of six was removed from the U.S. Postal
Service’s facility at Sullivan Street in Elmira. Workers have not been given
any choices yet about where they are going to be excessed to, he said.
“They’ve gotten their notices, but there are no jobs that they’re being told
they can go into." Also, maintenance workers have not yet received
notification, he said."
At the Postal Regulatory Commission:
Docket No. R2010-1: "Notice of Price Adjustment and
Classification Changes Related to Move Update Assessments." The
Postal Service proposes to establish a specific Move Update assessment
charge for First-Class Mail and to revise the manner in which the
assessment charge will be applied to Standard Mail.1
The Commission has received comments
on the Postal Service’s proposal from several parties. These comments
raise technical questions concerning the implementation of the
proposed Move Update assessments. To develop more fully the record in
this proceeding, the Commission will convene a technical conference to
give the Postal Service an opportunity to clarify these issues in an
informal atmosphere. The technical conference
will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2009, in the
Commission’s hearing room. [EdNote: For reference, see the
comments filed by
PostCom, DMA, and the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers.]
Docket No. CP2010-8:
"Notice And Order Concerning Changes In Rates Of General Applicability
For Competitive Products."
The latest copy of the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. electronic governmental affairs newsletter is available on the NAPUS web site.
November 6, 2009
The latest issue of
the PostCom Bulletin is available online. In this issue:
(Competitive Services Price Charts Are Attached.)
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The House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and District of
Columbia held a hearing on "More than Stamps: Adapting the Postal Service to
a Changing World." The purpose of the hearing is to examine
revenue-generation initiatives recently undertaken by the Postal Service in
order to further address the agency’s ongoing financial challenges. In
addition, the hearing is also expected to discuss existing barriers to the
Postal Service’s ability to innovate its operations through the introduction
of new products and services.
USPS Mailing and Package Services President Robert Bernstock told a House
postal oversight panel that PAEA's "pricing freedoms fall short of the
freedoms our competitors enjoy in the private sector and matching the
private sector freedoms would be appropriate." "In the private sector," he
said, "contracts are...not scrutinized by a regulator, which is what is
required for each postal contract before it can be signed. For the Postal
Service, every contract Is considered a new product and must be approved by
our regulator in advance of implementation."
In her testimony to the House postal oversight panel, Postal Regulatory
Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway noted that "although the PAEA allows the
Postal Service to make a profit, it imposes clear obligations." "The Postal
Service," she stressed, "must provide universal service to bind the Nation
together, compete fairly and legally, afford preferential price treatment to
some mailers, operate with transparency and accountability, and refrain from
abusing its monopoly power." In addition, it was "expected to pay its own
USPS's financial condition for fiscal year 2009 and its financial outlook
continue to be challenging. In fiscal year 2009, mail volume declined about
28 billion pieces, or about 14 percent, from the prior fiscal year, when
volume was about 203 billion pieces; revenue declined from about $75 billion
to about $68 billion.
Former Deputy Postmaster General and former Accenture postal consulting vice
president Michael Coughlin told the House postal oversight panel that "most
Posts in the industrialized, developed world have made significant efforts
over the last 20 years to expand their revenue bases beyond traditional mail
services." Within the U.S., Coughlin said, things are considerably different
than they are overseas. In the U.S., he said, "there is a very strong
philosophical aversion in this country to a government entity competing in
private markets, with goods and services that are already available from
Robert A.F. Reisner, President of Transformation Strategy (and former vice
president in charge of the Postal Service's strategic planning office) told
the House postal subcommittee that "there is broad consensus that bold
action must be taken to reinvigorate the postal system. And fortunately
there are real and tangible opportunities to create new value for postal
customers." Three such areas for potential, future growth could come from
“enabling the last mile”, “extending democracy’s reach” and “promoting green
The Board of Governors voted and approved increases to USPS prices for all
of its shipping services. The prices will increase on January 4 by an
average of 3.3 percent for Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select,
Parcel Return Service, and some international shipping products.
The Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) and the Direct Marketing
Association earlier this week filed comments with the Postal Regulatory
Commission (PRC) in response to its proposed rule concerning the Postal
Service’s reporting of service performance measurement for market-dominant
The U. S. Postal Service earlier this week submitted to the Postal
Regulatory Commission (PRC) its comments on the PRC’s proposed changes in
the way it reports service performance for market-dominant products. The
USPS opposed the PRC’s proposal for reporting service performance at the
market-dominant product level on a quarterly basis, although it outlined its
capabilities for such reporting for some First-Class Mail and Package
Services products beginning in FY 2010.
This week, the U.S. Postal Service responded on time to the Postal
Regulatory Commission Presiding Officer's Information Request (POIR). There
were six questions asked concerning different aspects of the USPS Move
Update proposal that was filed last month.
According to the Courier, Express, and Postal Observer, "the Postal
Service's rate structure is complicated and the use of worksharing discounts
further complicates thinking about pricing. The primary problem is the word
"discount." It suggests that the customer is getting a deal when in fact
they are buying a more basic product from the postal service for a lower
price. The alternative way of thinking of postal rates is to start with the
basic service as the basis for all pricing....Given the current economic and
competitive landscape, any APWU proposal would have to offer postal
customers a better value or preparing such a proposal would be a waste of
time and energy."
PostCom has made available to its members two key support tools to help
interpret the Postal Service’s new flats deflection standards, currently
scheduled for implementation on January 4, 2010. A new PostCom webcast
(mms://18.104.22.168/637842/droop.test.wmv) features PostCom Vice President
Jessica Lowrance, and USPS Mail Classification Specialist Bill Chatfield in
a demonstration of the flats deflection test used to determine the
acceptability of flats mail pieces for machinability.
Updates on dockets at the Postal Regulatory Commission.
Updates on postal matters published in the Federal Register.
An update on DMM Advisory notices issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
A review of postal news from around the world.
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Publishing Executive has reported that:
Developments in the e-reader market are happening faster than anyone
can keep track of. It seems that new products are being released on a
daily basis. And each of these products feature new, interesting and
A recent report issued by research and advisory firm mediaIDEAS
projects sales of e-readers to grow from nearly 6 million units in 2010
to 115 million units in 2013, largely due to falling prices and rapidly
advancing technology. "The E-Paper E-Reader Phenomenon" outlines the
dramatic growth of these display devices over the next 10 years into a
$25 billion market. Nick Hampshire, who authored the report, told
Publishing Executive Inbox that magazine publishers must recognize the
looming shift in the way consumers read content and realize that the
"e-reader threat" has arrived and actually presents publishers with a
real opportunity. The full report is available at
UPS Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of
$0.45 per share on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares. The dividend
is payable Dec. 3, 2009, to shareholders of record on Nov. 16, 2009. UPS has
either increased or maintained its dividend every year for four decades.
[EdNote: As for the Postal Service . . . .Well, yesterday it declared that
it was in a state of hurt.]
Executive has reported that "The U.S. Postal Service must look for new
ways to generate revenue beyond simply reducing its workforce, said
lawmakers and witnesses during a House hearing on Thursday. Employee layoffs
are not the only solution to digging the agency out of debt, said Rep.
Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chairman of the House Oversight and Government
Reform's federal workforce subcommittee. "It would be a mistargeting of our
problems to look at the backs of our employees." But Lynch expressed
disappointment over the agency's consolidation and cost-savings efforts thus
far, particularly because recent buyout offers have not generated enough
employee interest to reduce the Postal Service workforce."
Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that "The U.S. Postal Service has
violated federal regulations by failing to provide financial details that
justify the planned closing of a mail-processing facility in Gloucester
County, according to U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews. The Postal Service has
said it would save $3.3 million, plus a "significant" amount in labor costs,
by shuttering the Philadelphia Logistics and Distribution Center in Logan
Township, the South Jersey Democrat said. The facility employs about 600
people. Andrews said yesterday that he had been denied an accounting of how
the savings would be achieved. He said he sent Postmaster General John E.
Potter a letter yesterday demanding information."
Пари has reported that "Bulgarian
Posts will be restructured and stabilised financially, minister of transport
and ICT Alexandar Tsvetkov said. The changes will help Bulgaria meet its
commitments to the European Union for liberalisation of the sector and
giving all citizens access to the universal postal service at reasonable
prices. The amendments made to the Postal Services Act were aimed at opening
the market to private companies and modernising services, Tsvetkov pointed
out. About 70% of the post offices make losses, so staff reduction will be
initiated to optimise labour costs. Bulgarian Posts will be split into five
subsidiaries in which the state will keep 51%. That will secure fresh
capital without the future investors having to own assets, as they will get
dividends from the subsidiaries. The scheme will become effective within a
month, the transport minister forecast."
InTheNews has reported that "The Communication Worker's Union (CWU) has
released the interim agreement with Royal Mail which called off strikes
yesterday. The union said the interim agreement contained significant
developments and concessions which had emerged in the last few days. The
nationwide postal strikes which were due to take place today and Monday were
called off last night. The third round of the industrial action was set to
involve 121,000 Royal Mail workers and was due to be the most disruptive of
the strike actions yet. The interim agreement released by the CWU shows
postal workers will work normally during the Christmas period, "ensuring
they get the chance to earn extra money". The union said, most importantly,
the interim agreement is "very specific on how a full and final agreement
will be shaped. It guarantees that Royal Mail will agree change and that
workers will get real benefits from the modernisation of the business".
PersonnelToday has reported that "he postal workers union has climbed
down over its decision to mount a legal challenge against Royal Mail's
policy to employ 30,000 agency workers to clear the backlog of post. The
Communication Workers Union (CWU) had been due to go to the High Court
today, to seek an injunction to stop Royal Mail using the temporary staff to
conduct the work of striking postal staff – something Royal Mail strongly
denied. It is not clear whether the union will press ahead with the
injunction in the New Year, or what the reasons were behind the change of
The Telegraph has reported that "A pensioner has complained that a
postal worker refused to hand over a parcel to him unless his nine-day-old
baby granddaughter signed for it."
PRLog: "World Marketing Inc. (WMI), a direct marketing company
specializing in end-to-end quality services for literature fulfillment,
lettershop and statement processing, is pleased to announce that Brown
Printing Company has selected WM’s Inside Track product as their mail
tracking tool branded as Smart Mail Management."
Advertising Age has reported that "WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell
not only thinks the contraction of the newspaper and magazine industry will
continue, but that it needs to continue. In keynote remarks that opened this
week's Ad-Tech in New York, Mr. Sorrell cited the over-capacity of supply
and inventory as a major problem holding back the re-stabilization of the
media business. He also predicted that ad agencies would be getting "very
much more involved" in the development of content and that the lines between
advertising and editorial are going to get "much more blurred" than they
already are today."
From the Federal Register:
Washington Post has reported that "A congressional hearing on the future
of the U.S. Postal Service can be one depressing experience. The sky outside
the Rayburn House Office Building was bright Thursday morning, but it was
all gloom and doom in Room 2154. Members of a Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform panel explored novel ways the Postal Service might pull
itself from deep debt -- selling birthday cards, for instance -- but what
they heard was apprehension about the future and dismal reports about the
past." If you missed yesterday's hearing, go here:
Press Release: "The global outlook series on Postal Services provides a
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upon include United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, UK, Bulgaria,
Finland, Bangladesh and India. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer,
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November 5, 2009
Press Release: "BCC Software, a BÖWE BELL + HOWELL company and a leading
developer of high-performance mailing technology solutions, announces that
Arandell Corporation, one of North America’s largest privately held web
offset printing companies, has joined the BCC family thanks to the
comprehensive capabilities of Mail Manager Full Service™, BCC’s top-tier
postal software product."
PRLog: "Harvey Software announced the introduction of Smart RateBots™
for its flagship Computerized Parcel System (CPS™) shipping software. Smart
RateBots go beyond automatic rate shopping in the already popular CPS
RateBots by finding the best price for delivery within a specific number of
Reuters has reported that "British postal
workers said on Thursday they would
suspend strike action until at least after Christmas under an
interim agreement reached between unions and state-owned Royal Mail. Brendan
Barber, head of union umbrella group the TUC, told reporters that no
definitive agreement had been reached to resolve a long-running row over
jobs, pay and modernisation. However, he said strike action had been
suspended pending further efforts to settle the dispute and to prevent
disruption of deliveries at the busiest time of the year." See also
InTheNews and the
Testimony from today's House hearing on the U.S. Postal Service:
- Testimony of
Robert Bernstock, President, Mailing and Package Services, U.S.
- Testimony of The
Honorable Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission
- Testimony of Phillip
Herr, Director Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government
- Testimony of
Michael Coughlin, Former Deputy Postmaster General and former Vice
President, Postal Consulting Services, Accenture
- Testimony of
Robert A.F. Reisner, President Transformation Strategy Inc. and
former U.S. Postal Service vice president of strategic planning.
CBC has reported that "Toronto's in-store postal outlets seem to be
disappearing and storeowners say the reason is Canada Post wants the small
shops to buy expensive new computers and make other changes, with no
guarantee of a long-term commitment from the post office."
has reported that "A third round of postal strikes may be avoided, union
sources have told the BBC. The sources said a possible deal was on the
table." See also
The Guardian, the
Associated Press, and
Street Journal has reported that "Mail and logistics company Deutsche
Post AG (DPW.XE) Thursday said it swung to a net loss in the third quarter,
but raised its 2009 earnings outlook thanks to successful cost cutting amid
the first signs of market recovery. The company now expects 2009 adjusted
earnings before interest and taxes to reach at least EUR1.35 billion from a
previous forecast of EUR1.2 billion. The former monopoly still expects a net
profit for 2009 based on the valuation of put options on Deutsche Postbank
AG (DPB.XE) shares, substantially above the EUR1.69 billion net loss in
2008. A put is an option to sell a security at a specified price, usually
within a limited period. Deutsche Post also said it will reach its cost
cutting goal of EUR1 billion sooner than expected. It will now reach its
target by the end of 2009, compared to a previous forecast of the second
quarter of 2010. Since the start of the cost cutting program in 2007, the
company has saved around EUR859 million." See also the
has reported that "Bulgaria's new government will seek investors for five
subsidiaries of the state postal monopoly as part of plans to liberalise the
to PostCom TV
Join PostCom Vice President Jessica Lowrance, and
USPS Mail Classification Specialist Bill Chatfield in a
demonstration of the mail piece "deflection" test used to determine the
acceptability of flats mail pieces for machinability.
For further information, PostCom members
should consult the
October PostCom Postal Operations Update
Marketing Direct has reported that "Royal Mail took full-page ads in
national newspapers yesterday urging its staff to turn up for work tomorrow
in defiance of the Communications Workers Union's national strike call."
The Norway Post
has reported that "The Norwegian company Bring Citymail Danmark has started
a process to terminate its mail distribution operations in the Copenhagen
area, after it has lost a total of NOK 500 in three years. Negotiations are
now being started to terminate the mail distribution operations and dismiss
From the Federal Register:
The Telegraph has reported that "More than a quarter of postal workers
are expected to break the strike later this week as Royal Mail launched an
advertising campaign to encourage its staff to go to work."
The Kenya Broadcasting
Corporation has reported that "Zain Kenya has signed a partnership
agreement with Postal Corporation that will enable its customers to register
for the company's ZAP services through postal outlets. Speaking at the
launch the postmaster, retired major general Hussein Ali said that the
partnership agreement designate postal corporation as an agent for the ZAP
branch where they will accept cash deposits and make payments on behalf of
ZAIN Kenya money transfer service customers."
FedEx Express, a
subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has announced the expansion of its international
shipping portfolio with a suite of economy services. This expansion provides
customers in Brazil with more choices for their less urgent shipments, to
more destinations around the world, at lower costs. Effective October 31,
2009, FedEx Express offers Brazilian exporters FedEx International Economy®
to 203 destination countries and territories, and FedEx International
Economy® Freight to 83 destination countries and territories. These services
provide door-to-door, customs-cleared, time-definite delivery, and are an
economical alternative for less urgent shipments, characterized by the same
quality, service and reliability expected from FedEx.
At the Postal Regulatory Commission:
Docket No. CP2010-8:
Notice Of The United States Postal Service Of Changes In Rates Of General
Applicability For Competitive Products Established In Governors’ Decision No.
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