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April 27, 2010

PRC logo Postal Regulatory Commission has held a pre-hearing conference on the Postal Service's proposal to move from six-days to five-days for mail delivery. The members of the Commission have assured their impartiality and willingness to handle the Postal Service's request expeditiously.

  • Legal counsel for the American Postal Workers Union said that he believed it would take the PRC at least six months to handle this docket. He said that past experience would seem to suggest that the Postal Service would drag its feet in responding to participant discovery requests.
  • This sentiment was supported by the counsel for the National Association of Letter Carriers.
  • Counsel for the Parcel Shippers Association noted that those who oppose the proposal would like the proceeding to go on interminably. This, however, would not reflect what Congress expects and wants to see from the Commission.
  • The Postal Service's assertion that it was facing a $238 billion loss over the next ten years set off some sparks.
  • The Commission has scheduled seven field hearings to solicit views from various parties around the country. Transcripts from the field hearings will be made available.
  • Next step: The PRC must issue a procedural schedule. One is expected shortly.

usps logo The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet in open session May 6 at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

Thursday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.

  • Minutes of previous meetings
  • Remarks of the Chairman of the Board
  • Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  • Committee reports and committee charter amendments
  • Quarterly report on financial performance
  • Inspector General report on Postal Service share of Civil Service Retirement System pension responsibility
  • Quarterly report on service performance
  • Tentative agenda for the June 21-23 meeting in Louisville, KY

flag International Freighting Weekly has reported that "The sale of DHL France's parcels unit to French financial holding company Caravelle is expected to be completed by the end of next week, with the change of ownership taking place in June."

flag DeadTree Edition has published a "map from a recent Postal Service presentation illustrates that Phase I of the Flats Sequencing System is heavily concentrated on the East Coast, especially the Northeast. (Click on the map to magnify it.) More than half of the 100 machines are slated for Eastern Seaboard states, and more than one third are in the megalopolis that runs from Boston to Washington, DC. The Postal Service is putting the machines into major urban areas, close to the kind of carrier routes that tend to get the highest volumes of catalogs, magazines, and other flat mail. To avoid construction costs, postal officials are also mostly limiting Phase I to buildings having enough excess space to hold the football-field-sized machines."

flag From PRWeb: "The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently issued the contract award to the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) of the American GI Forum for the tray production. The NVOP operate the VETS facility which is a corrugate box manufacturing plant located in San Antonio, Texas. USPS contracted the NVOP to create and implement production of One Million Two hundred Nighty-Six thousand (1,296,000) corrugate mail tray units. Once the corrugated trays are manufactured and assembled, the units will be shipped to USPS facilities in Chicago, Philadephia, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Jacksonville and Dallas. The Veterans Enterprises of Texas (VETS) is a non-profit company, of the NVOP, who employs the disabled veteran including the veteran in transition from homelessness. All of the homelessness veterans employed at the VETS box manufacturing plant are residents of the NVOP's Residential Center for the Veterans. Also, the assembly work at the VETS plant provides a 75% direct labor force of disabled veterans."

flag The Associated Press wants you to know that "the post office is facing billions of dollars in losses and is considering a variety of ways to cut costs. Both the commission that oversees the U.S. Postal Service and the post office's inpector general are seeking comment and suggestions from the public. The post office has reduced its workforce by about 200,000 over the last few years and more cuts may be possible. Other cost-savings being considered include eliminating Saturday mail delivery, generating revenue from new products, raising rates, closing offices and restructuring mail processing centers. People interested in commenting can do so at:

flag Postal news from Hellmail:

From the Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: Obtaining Information from Postal Service.

flag The Poughkeepsie Journal has reported that "With Saturday mail deliveries on the chopping block, some local U.S. postal workers are urging that the plan be halted."

April 26, 2010

flag Hellmail has reported that "The Portugese postal service said today that the Portugese population had been largely unaffected by strike action after postal workers began what is expected to be five days of industrial action in protest against a reduction in their salaries following alterations to work timetables."

oig The latest blog entry has been posted 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 http://blog.uspsoig.gov/.

The Great Debate. At recent Congressional hearings on the Postal Service, several strategies were reviewed for helping solve the Postal Service's financial problems, including ending Saturday delivery and generating revenue through new products. Which strategies do you think will be most useful to the Postal Service? You can visit Office of Inspector General's public website at: www.uspsoig.gov. For the latest information, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OIGUSPS and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oig.usps. If you have additional questions, please contact Communication and Work Life Director Agapi Doulaveris at 703.248.2286.

flag If you want to see a truly excellent use of electronic media to promote print, check out the Quad/Graphics video on YouTube.Fantastic!!

flag According to Publishing Executive, "print is not dead, but most of the magazine industry will be digital in 2020."

flag flag The Financial Times has reported that "Bank of Ireland is planning to establish a fully fledged UK business that would have its own board and be regulated by the Financial Services Authority, as a way of strengthening confidence in its brand. The bank has operated in the UK for more than 30 years and has held a joint venture with the Post Office since 2004."

flag The Baltic Course has reported that "Estonian company O▄ Smartpost, whose system for delivering goods and postal packages has been used by dozens of thousands of Estonian residents, is now offering the option of sending packages to Europe as well, LETA/Postimees writes."

flag Post & Parcel has reported that "WH Smith boss Kate Swann has cooled speculation suggesting she will take up the chief executive position at Royal Mail."

flag Post & Parcel has reported that "Deutsche Post will expand its network across Germany this year and increase its availability to private customers by adding thousands of contact points. The plan was announced in Berlin by JŘrgen Gerdes, member of the Board of Deutsche Post DHL, who oversees the Group's mail and parcel business and its retail outlets."

flag The New York Times has reported that "Despite a record-setting $6.3 billion fourth quarter, online advertising revenue declined 3.4 percent for the year from 2008, the first year-over-year falloff since 2002. Although online advertising for 2009 declined slightly from 2008, it came in at $22.66 billion, the advertising bureau said. Meanwhile, ad sales at major magazines plunged to $19.5 billion, according to Publishers Information Bureau data.

ups logo According to the Wall Street Journal, "if you can't beat 'em, have Congress hobble 'em. That's the motto of some in corporate America, and Exhibit A might be United Parcel Service's campaign to get Washington to impose its labor woes on rival Federal Express. This would be one more union bailout at the expense of business competition and economic efficiency."

flag The Times-Tribune has reported that "Paul Esposito Jr. Is probably going to have to find another way to get his famous Victoria's Candies mailed all over the world. Unless Congress mandates Saturday mail delivery continues, or a postal commission gives the idea a thumbs down, Saturday United States Postal Service delivery will cease Oct. 1. That extra day of mail not being delivered is going to impact Victoria's of Hazleton as well as other businesses throughout Northeast Pennsylvania that rely on the Postal Service."

At the Postal Regulatory Commission: Notice: Live audio broadcast of a public Prehearing Conference in Docket No. N2010-1 will air at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27. Links to the audio will be posted here approximately 10 minutes prior to the broadcast.

April 25, 2010

postal technology logo Postal Technologyhas reported that "FedEx Corp has announced the addition of 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its global delivery fleet. The trucks will be placed into service in the US and increase the company fleet of hybrid-electric delivery vehicles by more than 50 percent, from 172 to 264. FedEx is currently operating hybrid-electric vehicles in Italy and France, and recently enrolled ten Modec electric commercial vehicles for use in the UK. FedEx also operates 38 liquefied petroleum gas Mercedes Sprinter vehicles in the greater London area. The FedEx hybrid-electric fleet has logged more than four million miles of revenue service since being introduced in 2004, reducing fuel use by 150,000 gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by 1,521 metric tons. This is equivalent to removing 279 cars from the road annually."

flag According to Livingston Daily, "While most people know the city they write on their return-address labels, I am surprised at the number of people who do not know in what township they reside, and I have come to realize it in not entirely their fault. There is a governmental agency that has spent decades confusing the residents of Livingston County by blurring and erasing township lines. Yes, the blame lies on the shoulders of the U.S. Postal Service."

flag From OfficialWire: "It is easy to find a phone number of a place, person or even company if someone has their name or even their postal address. It is easily accessible through the yellow pages or the local phone directory. Well, not anymore because you can get a reverse cell phone lookup for an address via the internet. Along with the full postal address; users are also given their full name, other telephone numbers and even their occupation. Write down the suspicious number and run a search on http://www.getanyprivateinfo.com reverse cell phone number service and the answer within a few seconds. Cell Phone reverse lookup searches are programmed to give full and accurate results and they have helped thousands of people to find the address, background information, criminal history, and more in the very detailed results." [Sheesh! And people worry about postal as a source of identity theft.]

flag Hellmail has reported that "Czech Post reports that since it introduced an electronic mail system (the 'Data Box') in Czechoslovakia less than six months ago, users have already sent some 10 million data messages saving 200 million Czech crowns. The 10 millionth message was sent last Wednesday."

April 24, 2010

flag DM News has reported that "Sen. Tom Corburn (R-OK), a frequent critic of the US Postal Service, emerged as an unlikely champion of the agency's 10-year plan to revise its business model at an April 22 Senate subcommittee hearing. The conservative Oklahoma Republican voiced support for moving to five-day-a-week delivery and reining in labor costs. Coburn also pressed his colleagues to include a requirement that the arbitrator in any collective bargaining impasse must consider the USPS' overall financial health in any reform legislation. "It's not realistic to have labor negotiations that do not consider the financial health and long-term viability of the organization," he said. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security, also voiced support for this modification to the collective bargaining process."

flag The BBC has reported that "Postal workers at Liverpool's new main delivery centre have returned to work after a 24-hour unofficial strike. About 90 staff, who recently moved from Copperas Hill to Brunswick Dock, walked out over claims Royal Mail management had broken promises. They accused the company of withdrawing redundancy offers and said parts of the new depot were too cramped. But after talks between managers and the Communication and Workers Union (CWU), staff returned on Saturday."

From the Federal Register:

POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

Meetings: Time and Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Place: Commission hearing room, 901 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20268-0001.
Status: Parts of this meeting will be open to the public. The rest of the meeting will be closed to the public. The public session will be podcast.
Matters To Be Considered:
Portions Open to the Public:

1. Review of postal-related CONGRESSIONAL activity.
2. Report on international activities.
3. Review of active cases.
4. Review of anticipated rulemakings.
5. Report on public communications regarding the Nature of Service Inquiry (Docket No. N2010-1).
6. Report on status of a special study, pursuant to section 802(c) of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006, addressing the Postal Service's estimated share of a certain Civil Service Retirement System-related retirement benefit liability.
7. Report on recent activities of Joint Periodicals Task Force and status of anticipated report to the Congress pursuant to section 708 of the PAEA.
Portions Closed to the Public:
8. Discussion of pending litigation.
9. Discussion of confidential commercial information relative to Commission contracts.
10. Discussion of confidential personnel issues involving performance management, pay and benefits.
Contact Person For Further Information: Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, Postal Regulatory Commission, at 202-789-6820 or stephen.sharfman@prc.gov (for questions concerning the agenda) and Shoshana M. Grove at 202-789-6842 or shoshana.grove@prc.gov (for questions concerning podcasting).

April 23, 2010

flag The Federal Times has reported that "After testifying before a House committee last week, Postmaster General John Potter reiterated his plea before a Senate panel Thursday that the U.S. Postal Service needs to transition to five-day delivery. And Postal Service Inspector General David Williams stressed the importance of recouping the $75 billion they say USPS overpaid into a retirement fund."

 
The latest issue of the
PostCom Bulletin is available online.
 In this issue:

  • In an article for the Federal Times, USPS Inspector General David Williams wrote: "Newspapers across the country are describing the U.S. Postal Service's financial difficulties and how service cuts may be needed. The alarm is not exaggerated. The Postal Service expects to lose $11 billion this year before its aggressive plan for cost reductions. Yet in the discussion of the Postal Service's financial problems, a huge contributing factor is often ignored."
  • The Postmaster General has testified on the challenges facing the U.S. Postal Service and what may be needed from Congress to ensure the fiscal viability of the nation's postal system.
  • The USPS OIG told a Senate postal oversight panel that "that "the fiscal condition [the Postal Service is facing] is serious and the Postal Service has an ongoing aggressive plan to address it." "A concern of my office," he noted, "is that the plan calls for huge simultaneous actions across a very broad and fast moving front. These will produce significant project management challenges, as well as, unintended consequences."
  • Phillip Herr, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government Accountability Office (GAO) told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs postal subcommittee that the U.S. Postal Service (US)PS) "is facing a major financial crisis. Mail volumes, the primary source of USPS revenues, declined by 36 billion pieces (about 17 percent) over the last three fiscal years (2007 through 2009)". The "USPS's financial problems," he said, "are likely to continue unless fundamental changes are made to address challenges in its current business model by better aligning costs with revenues." He noted that "GAO recently reported that making progress toward USPS's financial viability would primarily involve taking action to rightsize operations, cut costs, and increase revenues."
  • Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway told the Senate postal oversight panel that while the Postal Service has been exploring the savings that could come from reducing the number of days of mail delivery from six to five, "the potential near-term savings in cutting delivery days has significantly less impact than addressing issues of retiree liabilities. And could add to the rate of mail decline at a time when mailers and the economy are just beginning to recover from a severe recession."
  • The USPS this week published its responses to questions asked through its Request for Information (RFI) process on an Online Direct Mail Solution. For the most part, the Postal Service responded that it is exploring all options, or looking for industry input on best practices, on the finer points of a hybrid mail solution.
  • The USPS on April 21, 2010, posted on its web site an advance copy of its final rule for its 2010 Standard Mail Incentive Program (aka "summer sale"). The sale will provide a 30 percent credit on postage paid by Standard Mail customers mailing an increased volume of letters and flats above a predetermined threshold. The program period will run from July 1 through September 30, 2010.
  • The Buzz Machine's Jeff Jarvis, author of "What Would Google Do?" Said that "the ash cloud over Europe will kill airmail and with it paper documents around the world. It will hasten the decline and death of postal delivery that I foresaw here."
  • According to the Courier, Express, and Postal Observer, "PowerDirect like other firms trying to compete with the Postal Service for a share of the market for delivery of print advertising to households is a firm focused on local delivery of advertising. Their business model allows them to compete with the Postal Service on both a price and service basis."
  • Butler Mailing Services president Todd Butler debunks a number of myths circulated in the general press in his outstanding letter to a newspaper editor.
  • Secure destruction survey. More on the USPS RFI. Treasury goes green . . . USPS goes red. Big Brother?
  • An update on DMM Advisory notices issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • A review of recent reports released by the U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General.
  • A review of postal news from around the world.
  • Postal previews.
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flag The BBC has reported that "Postal workers at Liverpool's new main delivery centre have walked out on unofficial strike. About 100 staff, who moved from Copperas Hill to Brunswick Dock three weeks ago, claim Royal Mail has broken promises. They have accused it of withdrawing redundancy offers and say parts of the new depot are too cramped. A Royal Mail spokesman said it was in talks with the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) to resolve the strike."

flag Government Executive has reported that "While labor costs are a major cause of financial woes at the Postal Service, five-day mail delivery and further workforce reductions are not certainties, officials told lawmakers on Thursday. Employee compensation and benefits account for 80 percent of Postal Service expenses -- a major cause for concern, witnesses said. "We can't fix this problem without looking at all costs. To say we shouldn't consider labor costs, we won't solve the problem without considering [them]," said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Panelists agreed that one change alone won't solve the Postal Service's fiscal problems."

flag According to the Post Chronicle, "The Postal Service should downsize itself and remake its operations - and, in one sense, the timing couldn't be better. It employs just under 600,000 workers, and 50 percent of them are expected to retire within five years. If its services were redefined for a smaller workforce, those positions could be eliminated at great savings."

flag From MarketWatch: "NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading network, communications and information technology company, announced today the conclusion of a framework agreement to deliver and install 18 new Culling, Facing, Cancelling and Revenue-protection (CFCR) systems for TNT Post B.V., the universal service provider for letter mail in the Netherlands. The new CFCR systems, based on NEC's latest NS-10 platform, will be used to replace and expand upon the services currently being provided by previous generations of NEC's CFC systems."

flag flag According to UniGlobal, "The draft Canada-EU agreement, a well-guarded secret until its release earlier this month, reveals that the federal government may be putting public postal service and other public services at risk."

flag From Business Wire: "A United States Postal Service (USPS) proposal that would reduce delivery of mail to five days could negatively impact the millions of Americans with chronic conditions who rely on the convenience and value provided by mail-service pharmacies, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said in letters sent to U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)."

Well, we had a bit of a technical problem with yesterday's webinar. Apparently, GoToWebinar, on its own, decided to send some of the registrant's the wrong access code. So, for those who may have missed it, here's what you can do.
The recording and presentation from the webinar entitled "Executive Summary - NPF" hosted by David Robinson, Postal Relations, Pitney Bowes, can be accessed by going to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/779977328.
Enter your email address and hit the prompt to view the webinar. Give it a few minutes to load.
Now . . . here's what you really missed. It was the conversation between Dave Robinson and the GoToWebinar computer named HAL.

Dave: "HAL. You sent out the wrong information. Now fix it!!"
HAL: "Sorry, Dave, I can't do that . . . ."

Well, you get the picture.

April 22, 2010

A hearing on "The Future Of The U.S. Postal Service" before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.

Opening Statement: Sen. Thomas Carper (R-DE)

 Witnesses:

The Postal Service has posted its answers to several questions that it had received regarding its RFI on SME Direct Mail Solution - #RFI-SMEDM-03302010.

flag Press Release: "Mobile Marketing & Retail Strategies: Advertising, Coupons & Smart Posters 2009-2014 This report provides industry intelligence and forecasts for the three markets which together comprise mobile retail: mobile coupons, smart posters, and mobile advertising. Incisive analysis of key players and their recent product launches are provided, along with discussions on the evolution of the mobile retail market over the next five years."

Here's an offer you really shouldn't refuse. Check it out.

flag Parcel magazine has reported that "PARCEL has asked Doug Kahl, Vice President at TranzAct Technologies to provide a brief analysis of UPS' recent pre-announcement of First Quarter Earnings and some insight on what we may hear on next week's Earnings Call."

flag Hellmail has reported that "At least one in 24 records in direct marketers' contact databases are corrupt after a year if they don't update or cleanse their database - according to Postcode Anywhere's study of daily changes to Royal Mail's Postcode Address File. Companies who use Royal Mail's official records but don't use the updated version can see marketing material misdirected with junk mail costing UK e-commerce ú146m a year. Address auto-fill and validation users who want to keep an eye on data quality could be in for a shock if they don't frequently update their dataset says UK address management company Postcode Anywhere - with as many as one in every 24 records becoming corrupt over the course of a year."

PRC logo The Postal Regulatory Commission has posted on its site a database of postal street collection boxes.

flag New Straits Times has reported that "The revised domestic mail tariff effective July will not burden the people, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said. He said on the other hand, the tariff revision would benefit over 15,000 staff of Pos Malaysia. "This is because corporate customers form 90 percent of major postal users with 1.2 billion items annually. The mail tariff has not been restructured since 1992," he said after launching ''Mel Rakyat'' at Kuala Kubu Baru post office here today. The Cabinet early this month approved revision of tariff and stamp for letter weighing less 20g from 30 sen to 60 sen starting July."

flag Online Media Daily has reported that "Magill, the founder of Magilla Marketing, said email marketers need to avoid the temptation of sending out masses of emails, although that can drive immediate results. It could be penny-wise, but pound-foolish. "Sending unwanted email is a very brand-damaging act," he said at MediaPost's Email Insider Summit. "Think about what you're doing." Email click-throughs and purchase results can be tracked, but the negative opinion a barrage generates that festers can't be measured. "When you send garbage, [consumers] hate you for it," Magill added. "Email is a very visceral thing."

flag The Washington Post has reported that "The Treasury Department is making a big push to go green -- and save a lot of green -- by switching millions of people who receive Social Security and other federal benefits from paper checks to electronic payments. If someone doesn't have a banking relationship or doesn't want to receive payments by direct deposit, there's the option of the Treasury's Direct Express debit card. A million people already get their benefits though the debit card."

flag Uni-Global has reported that "CTT - Correios de Portugal, SA, (Portuguese Postes), alleging the need to streamline the sorting/treatment and home-delivery of mail, outsourced to a company of the CTT Group - the DTE - the processing of mail from large customers and, in different areas throughout the country, and areas of home-delivery mail. By doing this the CTT's want to change the Postmen's working hours and cut out bonuses that were already part of the monthly salary (monthly cutting of + / - 270.00 Euros). The union said that if we allow that to occur, it will be a cut of 270.00 Euros on net wages of, an average postman's salary of 950.00 Euros and this will mean a cut equivalent to 25% of monthly income of most of the Portuguese Postmen's."

flag According to China Knowledge, "Enterprises above the designated size in China's express delivery industry reaped a total of RMB 12.4 billion in revenue in the first quarter of this year, according to statistics released by the country's State Post Bureau."

flag The Appeal-Democrat has reported that "A move by the U.S. Postal Service to have agriculture inspections at the Olivehurst mail sorting facility bumped to a time early even for roosters has Yuba County officials crying foul. County Agricultural Commissioner Louie Mendoza said moving the inspections to before 5 a.m., when previously they had been done between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., was retaliation for the county's critical comments on closing the facility and moving its operations to West Sacramento."

flag As What They Think has noted, "The U.S. Postal Service recognized Arandell Corporation with its Corporate Business Achievement Award for the company's commitment to a successful business partnership with the Postal Service. The award was announced at the annual National Postal Forum, held April 11-14 in Nashville, TN."

flag Postal news from Hellmail:

ups logo Business First has reported that "United Parcel Service Inc. continues to deal with a limited air network in Europe as some air space across the continent remains closed. Flights have been grounded in parts of Europe for nearly a week because of ash being spewed thousands of feet in the air by a volcano erupting under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland."

flag The Wall Street Journal has reported:

flag As stamps lose hold as a hobby, these philatelists push the envelope.
flag Japan's government Tuesday unveiled details of a plan to expand the financial-services offerings of its sprawling postal service, a move that has sparked protests from Japan's financial industry.

flag Mobile Enterprise Magazine has reported that "The Italian private postal service company Defendini uses 200 BlackBerry devices (BlackBerry Curve 8300s and 8310s) to help its mail carriers confirm and track deliveries -- and within the next year, the company plans to add another 200 BlackBerry devices to the deployment. In addition to BlackBerry smartphones, the company's mail carriers are provided with Baracoda RoadRunner data matrix bar code readers to scan postal mail and packages (as well as a code indicating the type of delivery) in order to confirm delivery time and location."

flag The Irish Times has reported that "the volcanic ash plume from Iceland has affected the delivery of thousands of letters and parcels to long-haul destinations such as the US and Australia. An Post said 20 per cent of overseas mail has not been delivered since last Thursday, when long-haul flights were halted. After Irish airspace closed, An Post quickly organised alternative routes of delivery for UK mail. Its spokesman said all services to the UK were operational "with minimal delays" due to dispatch by road and ferry. On Tuesday, it resumed deliveries to main European destinations via ferry and road, with some delays to delivery times. The remaining 20 per cent of international mail goes to destinations such as the US, Canada and Australia, and cannot be delivered until these flights resume."

flag From OfficialWire: "Japan Post - SWOT Analysis company profile is the essential source for top-level company data and information. The report examines the company's key business structure and operations, history and products, and provides summary analysis of its key revenue lines and strategy."

flag From MarketWatch: "HP has announced a new services delivery platform -- the HP MPS Smart Decision Suite -- that enables customers to better analyze, report and predict the use of their imaging and printing devices through an HP Managed Print Services (MPS) engagement. In addition, HP introduced HP ePrint Enterprise mobile printing solution, based on HP CloudPrint technology and available on the BlackBerry(R) smartphone. This announcement is the result of HP and Research In Motion's (RIM) strategic alliance announced last year and is the first use case of HP's ePrint strategy. HP ePrint also will be available at public print locations through FedEx Office and Hilton Worldwide, providing mobile enterprise workers a secure remote printing experience."

April 21, 2010

flag Be sure to check out Target Marketing's "5 Direct Mail Ideas Based on Social Media Insights."

flag Check out the latest from the Pew Research Center for the Press & the Press. It rates how people feel about various government agencies, and the Postal Service comes out pretty good.

[usps logo] From PRNewswire: "On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its green newsroom, a one-stop shop for all its environmental information. Replete with photos of its energy-saving vehicles and facilities, green products and services, and a time-lapse video of the construction of New York's largest green roof, the Postal Service's green newsroom is its newest, most informative site to visit on Earth Day."

[usps logo] The Washington Business Journal has reported that "The U.S. Postal Service has suspended guarantees on delivery for European deliveries as volcanic ash continues to disrupt air travel. It has also banned shipments of perishable items to many European countries." See also the Washington Post and the U.S. Postal Service.

[Bermuda] The Bermuda Sun has reported that "the Post Office's workload has plummeted in recent years and yet there are still as many staff, getting paid more seemingly to do less. It last turned a profit in 1996. Is this a microcosm of what goes on throughout government, where the staff rollcall rises but accountability is vague at best? Or is the Post Office merely struggling to provide a vital service amid mounting competition from e-mail and private courier services? Jobs will not be cut at the Post Office despite projected losses of almost $8million for the next financial year. And Government has no current plans to raise local stamp prices, which have remained constant at 35 cents for over a decade, to help address the losses. Postmaster General George Outerbridge said he was focusing instead on creating new revenue streams to compensate for the decline in usage of the service."

According to The Age, "postal delivery workers have been regularly paid less than the award throughout north-east Victoria under outsourcing contracts signed off by Australia Post management."


The Postal Journal has published a piece on "An Investment Analyst's View of SmartPost."

DMM Advisory:  Summer Sale Returns. The Federal Register final rule on the upcoming 2010 Standard Mail« Incentive Program (aka 2010 Summer Sale) was posted today on Postal Explorer« at pe.usps.com. The Sale will provide a 30 percent credit on postage paid by Standard Mail customers mailing an increased volume of letters and flats above a predetermined threshold. The program period will run from July 1 through September 30,2010. Invitation letters will automatically be sent to eligible customers by May 1, 2010. Mailers who want to participate in the program and believe that they meet the minimum eligibility criteria, of mailing 350,000 Standard Mail letters or flats within the program qualification period, may request a review of their eligibility by contacting summersale@usps.gov no later than May 15, 2010. The 2010 Standard Mail Incentive Program was reviewed and approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission on April 7, 2010.

CEP News (Courier-Express-Postal), published by the MRU Consultancy, has reported that:

French La Poste intends to almost triple its profit from 2010 to 2015.
Deutsche Post wants to keep prices steady for its key accounts when its VAT privilege is ending at the end of June and therefore will accept a negative impact on its letter division's earnings.
Sandd and Selekt Mail, Dutch TNT's main competitors, have to conclude permanent contracts with the majority of their deliverers.
Spain's postal unions have announced to widen their protests.
'The attempt to gain market shares in the premium market as the smallest of three providers was a mistake'. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post, concluded quite clear on DHL's past expansion in the USA in front of journalists in New York. Appel further added, 'in fact our customers always cherished us, but being cherished is not useful, if you can't do business with it'.
FedEx intends to expand its market position in Europe with additional flights between China and the EU.
Poczta Polska lost its monopoly on mail delivery orders by a change of the code of civil procedure.
According to a report of the Dutch business journal ╗Handelsbladź (19.04) there is a logical and obvious buyer for TNT's postal services: the private equity company CVC. However it is questionable whether CVC, which holds 50% minus 1 share of Belgian La Poste, is able to realise the acquisition on its own. Additionally Netherland's political parties are seeking to limit foreign private equity interests in Dutch companies through fiscal measures.
Portugese CTT Correios only recorded declining revenues and earnings in 2009.

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that "Japan's government Tuesday unveiled details of a plan to expand the financial-services offerings of its sprawling postal service, a move that has sparked protests from Japan's financial industry. The plan, part of an effort by Japan's new government to reverse the privatization of Japan Post Holdings Co., follows weeks of government discord over how far to take the effort. The plan suggests the government is moving toward the preferred policy of Banking and Postal Services Minister Shizuka Kamei, a privatization opponent who has pushed to give Japan Post greater competitive heft. The move has drawn criticism from Japan's financial industry, amid concerns that a government-backed financial giant could distort competition and present a big risk to the stability of the market."

The Business Spectator has reported that "Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour has unveiled a new five-year plan designed to harness the rapid growth in internet usage and online retailing. The program called 'Future Ready' will see Australia Post restructure into four strategic business units ľ Postal Services, Retail Services, Express Distribution Services and E-Services ľ and was unveiled to staff in a presentation today. Mr Fahour believes growth in parcel traffic from online retailing can balance the reduction in letter postage as a result of the growth in email and online communication services."

Dow Jones has reported that "Dutch Postal and Express company TNT NV said Wednesday it resumed flights to and from Hong Kong, Shanghai, and New York JFK. TNT also resumed international and domestic flights in Europe."

The Japan Times has reported that "The administration plans to reorganize Japan Post Holdings Co.'s five-company structure into three companies in October 2011, with the government continuing to hold more than one-third of its shares, Cabinet members said Tuesday. The move is part of the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration's proposed legislation aimed at scaling back the privatization of Japan Post that was spearheaded by Junichiro Koizumi of the Liberal Democratic Party when he was prime minister. Postal reform minister Shizuka Kamei, and Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi announced the details of the bill at a joint news conference."

The Herald Sun has reported that Australian "post offices will soon offer access to more government services, possibly Centrelink, as Australia Post ramps up its business. Recently-appointed chief executive Ahmed Fahour said yesterday the company was talking with the government about expanding its offer of "vital trusted services". The former NAB Australia chief would not comment specifically on whether Australia Post's 4433 outlets would become an alternative access point for welfare payments. But he said the company was keen to add to the government services it offers such as passport applications." See also News.com.au.

As the Springfield News-Leader has noted, "The National Association of Letter Carriers and National Rural Letter Carriers' Association's annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is May 8."

From PRWeb: "Valassis, one of the nation's leading media and marketing services companies, announced today that coupon distribution and redemption continued to increase significantly in the first quarter of 2010. This increase builds on record-setting growth announced for 2009. These findings were revealed as part of a Coupon Market Quarterly Update recently released by NCH Marketing Services, Inc., a Valassis company."

Here's an interesting piece in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. [EdNote: Thanks go to Postalnews.com for finding this one.]

The Kalamazoo Gazette has reported that "Local union leaders say the United States Postal Service could announce within several weeks whether some services now handled at a Kalamazoo Processing and Distribution Center will be transferred to Grand Rapids."

Postal news from Hellmail:

Trading Markets has reported that "FedEx burnished its environmental credentials Tuesday with release of a 2009 Citizenship Report touting the company's EarthSmart initiative and improvements in the express company's carbon footprint. Since 2005, FedEx has reduced aircraft emissions 8.33 percent and boosted fleet efficiency 14.1 percent, the report said."

The Wall Street Journal has reported that "FedEx Corp. has restarted its European hub at Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris, although United Parcel Service Inc.'s (UPS) European hub in Cologne remains closed. Operations began at the FedEx hub late Monday, according to a Memphis-based spokeswoman. One flight took off bound for Memphis, and additional flights landed from the Middle East and Asia. The company is warning customers it will take time to clear cargo backlogs, however. UPS said it is holding all outbound European freight at its Cologne hub--instead of trucking it across Europe to airports that have opened--because the company has been told German air space will open in the next day or so. "The second they open the air space, those European packages will take off," UPS spokesman Norman Black said." See also the Louisville Business Journal.

April 20, 2010

The word from several sources is that Korn Ferry is in charge of a search for a new postal senior v.p. to be in charge of governmental and public affairs. It sounds like a re-creation of a position that once had existed within the USPS. It was a good idea then. It would be a good idea now.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that "Japan's government Tuesday unveiled details of a plan to expand the financial-services offerings of its sprawling postal service, a move that has sparked protests from Japan's financial industry. The plan, part of an effort by Japan's new government to reverse the privatization of Japan Post Holdings Co., follows weeks of government discord over how far to take the effort. The plan suggests the government is moving toward the preferred policy of Banking and Postal Services Minister Shizuka Kamei, a privatization opponent who has pushed to give Japan Post greater competitive heft. The move has drawn criticism from Japan's financial industry, amid concerns that a government-backed financial giant could distort competition and present a big risk to the stability of the market."

House Oversight Committee chairman Edolphus Towns has written in the Huffington Post that "The committee [has examined the USPS Inspector General's report entitled "The Postal Service's Share of CSRS Pension Responsibility." The IG argued that the USPS has overpaid into the Civil Service Retirement System by as much as $75 Billion. Employees who worked for both the old Post Office Department before 1971, and the independent Postal Service after 1971, receive pension payments that are funded by the federal government and the Postal Service. If these findings are correct, it puts the changes to the USPS business model in a whole new light because the Postal Service would be able to fully fund its retiree health care obligations for the next 75 years if it was allowed to access the funds. Congress could then relieve the Postal Service of its requirement to pay an average of $5.5 billion into the health care trust fund for future retirees until 2016. Taken together, these two steps would put the Postal Service on much firmer financial footing.

From PRNewswire: "For the seventh year in a row, Valpak announces its support of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the nation's largest one-day effort to help needy families. On May 8, postal carriers will collect non-perishable food from customers along their routes and deliver the food to local food banks. Valpak pledges to help the NALC by featuring the event on some 40 million Valpak envelopes distributed across the United States as a donation to support the cause. This year, in addition to the in-kind donation worth more than $1 million, Valpak will donate $1 for every new Valpak Facebook fan (up to $5,000) to Feeding America."

International Freighting Weekly has reported that "Forwarders believe it could take three weeks to clear backlogs of cargo, even if airspace restrictions were lifted today, while airlines are expected to implement rate hikes as the scramble to get cargo into northern Europe intensifies."

The Manawatu Standard has reported that "Posties will have more parcel power in Palmerston North from today. New Zealand Post is trialling having posties deliver parcels weighing up to 5kg, along with the normal run of letters. They will be given trailers to tow behind their bikes, and some of the bikes will become battery powered, said New Zealand Post's general manager for postal delivery, Matthew Riordan. Posties' mailbags will also get bigger. The trial will run through April and May. Palmerston North has been chosen because it has a mix of postal delivery modes and the infrastructure to support the trial. The city's 41 posties deliver 90 per cent of the mail by bicycle; the rest walk or use motorbikes."

Media Daily News has reported that:

  • Email marketing spend is estimated to increase 9% in 2010 to about $1.4 billion.
  • As Microsoft conducts research into improving the experience for the Hotmail user, some surprising findings have emerged that should be a boon for email marketers. People are using their inboxes more for commercial purposes than personal ones. In a behavioral survey, the top three reasons people said they use email were: shopping online and conducting transactions; receiving billing statements and managing related accounts; and communicating with businesses in a way that allows privacy.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that:

  • Japan's government Tuesday unveiled details of its plan to reform the nation's postal system, choosing the radical option of expanding its offering of financial services after weeks of government discord over how far to go in reversing privatization. The move has drawn heavy criticism from Japan's financial industry, amid concerns that a government-backed financial giant could distort competition and present a significant risk to the stability of the market.
  • An influential Japanese banker said the government's plan to roll back the privatization of Japan Post Holdings Co. While allowing it to expand its offering of financial services will create a market risk similar to that of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the U.S.
  • Deutsche Post AG has been transporting packages via road and rail to sidestep the massive ash cloud hovering over much of Europe. Even the logistics giantĂs chief executive was rerouted. Frank Appel, who was in Washington and New York for meetings last week, was supposed to head back to Germany on Friday. His flight was canceled, according to a spokesman traveling in the executiveĂs entourage, though the group managed to land spots on a Rome-bound Alitalia flight Saturday night.

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According to Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine, "The ash cloud over Europe will kill airmail and with it paper documents around the world. It will hasten the decline and death of postal delivery that I foresaw here. It will have an equally profound and permanent impact on other sectors of the economy and society. But letĂs just look at the post office. Right now, it is impossible to get a document to or around Europe with speed. People canĂt fly. Mail canĂt fly. Even when the air clears, thereĂll be diminished faith in the ability of the post office ¨ not to mention FedEx, DHL, and UPS ¨ to make speedy delivery of documents. Any company or agency with an ounce of strategic sense is creating a plan now to convert to digital. It is speedier (instant!) And more certain (guaranteed) and cheaper (free) and even earns green points (no dead trees, no fuel, no fumes). WhatĂs not to love? On top of that, Google just announced Cloud Print, which will enable Sally in Chicago to print directly to Sarah in LondonĂs printer. This does us the favor of getting rid of the hassle of printer drivers (once compatible printers are built). As Leo Laporte realized on the latest This Week in Google, it also portends the end of that other great hassle: the fax machine (and with it, all tired metaphors about the value of fax networks). With Google Docs and Google Print, who needs the post office or the FedEx bill or the fax machine? WeĂll have Iceland to thank for this."

Business Times has reported that "Singapore Post on Tuesday said postal services bound for European destinations are disrupted due to the closure of major airports within Europe as a result of ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. As a result, international air mail service including registered articles and parcel items from Singapore to Europe and vice versa is subject to delay."

Postal Technology International has reported that "International mail delivery and airfreight continue to be delayed by flight restrictions imposed in the wake of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. The UK and Northern Europe have been the most affected. Freight flights have been grounded, causing disruptions for operators such as DHL and Royal Mail.

  Be sure to check out Butler Mailing president Todd Butler's response to a Seattle Spokesman story lambasting advertising mail.

April 19, 2010

Business Week has reported that "United Parcel Service Inc. made three flights to Madrid and one to Istanbul overnight to get its first express shipments by plane into continental Europe since volcanic ash disrupted air travel."

The National Association of Letter Carriers has told its members that "Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-MA), full committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA), subcommittee Ranking Member Jason Chaffettz, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and several other members raised many questions about the validity of the Postmaster GeneralĂs projection of a $238 billion shortfall over the next 10 years, the USPSĂs claim that the elimination of Saturday delivery is essential to its future viability, and whether the GAOĂs study has true value if the assumptions it used are now being called into question."

According to Intelisent, "Full-Service Intelligent Mail USPS Release #4 is now slated for implementation November 2010. This release will be a "big-brother is watching - and charging - you" release. Intelligent Mail barcode Mail Quality reports will be beefed up, in order to support the USPS non-compliance revenue stream. Instead of looking at compliance issues as a way to improve the mailstream, the Postal Service is more focused on catching errors and charging for them - in most cases the loss of the tiny Intelligent Mail discount and Full-Service benefits for Full-Service Intelligent Mail users. This will make the risks associated with presenting Full-Service mailings all the more difficult to alleviate. The USPS will also be implementing reports designed to catch and charge those receiving Full Service ˘Free÷ ACS and then failing to update the addresses within the required time frame."

The Irish Sun has reported that "An official with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) said Monday that operators across Europe were trying to cope with the closed skies that have seen planes needed to deliver letters and packages grounded."

The Washington Post has noted that "Loyal Federal Eye readers and close observers of the U.S. Postal Service flagged an exchange from last week's House hearing about the mail agency that is worth highlighting here. Though the Postal Service estimates it could lose $238 billion in the next decade, it's a worst-case scenario estimate based on assumptions that fewer postal workers than anticipated will retire, that Congress won't take any action and that the agency won't institute $123 billion worth of planned cuts. Under questioning by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), Postmaster General John E. Potter admitted last Thursday that the figure "is a theoretical number" (see video of the exchange above). Connolly called the $238 billion figure "hard to believe," adding later, "It looks, frankly, a little bit like a scare tactic to get us to make some decisions that may or may not be popular."

Post & Parcel has reported that "Postal operator CTT Correios de Portugal announced a net profit of EUR 50.6m for 2009 ű one of the highest totals achieved during the last 40 years."

The Wall Street Journal is of the opinion that "Japan's government is planning to expand deposit caps at the country's state-owned bank¨already one of the biggest deposit-taking institutions in the world. Critics worry this move signals a fundamental rollback of the Junichiro Koizumi-era reforms. To the contrary: Now would be the wrong time to privatize the postal bank."

A new OIG report has been posted recently on the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General website (http://www.uspsoig.gov/).  If you have additional questions concerning this report, please contact Agapi Doulaveris at 703.248.2286. Officer Compensation for Calendar Year 2009 (Report Number FT-WP-10-001)

The latest blog posted today on the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector GeneralĂs 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 http://blog.uspsoig.gov/. Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards? Can the Postal Service relax some of its delivery standard requirements to save money in transportation or processing costs?

MediaDailyNews has reported that "After years of showing great promise but disappointing growth, mobile marketing is poised for explosive growth over the next four years."

The Wall Street Journal has reported that "FedEx Corp. and the Teamsters union are battling over whether wide-ranging aviation legislation will contain provisions to make it easier for unions to organize airline employees and harder for carriers to cut costs by allying with rivals or outsourcing maintenance. A House version of the bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration¨a three-year, $54 billion package passed last year¨contains several pro-union provisions. A two-year, $35 billion Senate version doesn't. Lawmakers from both chambers are set to negotiate a final version within the next few weeks. Lobbyists for unions and industry groups are stepping up efforts to influence the outcome."

According to the Post Chronicle, "The Postal Service should downsize itself and remake its processes - and, in one sense, the timing couldn't be better. USPS employs just under 600,000 workers, and 50 percent of them are expected to retire within five years. If the USPS services were redefined for a smaller workforce, those positions could be eliminated at great savings."

Printing Impressions has told its readers that "any conversation that
 involves maximizing postal
 discounts begins and ends with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) technology, especially in recent months. In order to claim automation discounts, mailers must switch from using the Postnet barcodes to what is casually referred to as basic or full-service IMB by May of 2011. Simple, huh? Well, not quite. Sit down; this requires a little explaining, but it behooves you, as a printer/mailer, to do a little investigating of the options and canvassing of your mail clients to determine what is your best fit."

According to one writer for OpEdNews, "The United States Postal Service is looking at some drastic cost savings measures. Here's the problem: they're looking at the wrong thing. The reason the US Postal Service is hurting is "yes, the Internet has negatively impacted letter writing, postage and what have you," but the real reason is I cannot remember a time ever going to any post office and wanting to go back. I cannot remember a time ever going to any post office and having a Southwest Airlines customer service experience. I dread going to the US Post Office and the vast majority of folks who are reading this are saying "no kidding""and some who are reading are saying this and they work for the US Post Office. Businesses like this don't survive forever especially when there are choices and they shouldn't and this one shouldn't."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has written, "The United States Postal Service has placed a fundamental question before Congress and, by extension, the American people: Should the nation continue its tradition of universal postal service? If the answer is yes, then Congress must act quickly to free the Postal Service to make the kind of reforms needed to stabilize delivery and maintain universal service over the long run. If the answer is no, then get ready for some wrenching changes."

DM News has told its readers that "Over lunch recently with the leader of a major direct marketing agency, I had the conversation again. You know, the one about the term direct marketing and what it really means, and whether it is still relevant? The Direct Marketing Association is contemplating a name change to better reflect its mission. It has happened before. It was once the Direct Mail Marketing Association, and the Direct Mail Advertising Association before that. Perhaps it is time again. In fact, the association's DMDays, the annual regional direct marketing conference in New York in June, may be a test balloon. The confab was just re-named Digital Marketing Days to reflect a more cutting edge focus on interactive marketing. The industry cuts a wide swath. These disparate organizations all traffic in direct marketing. No wonder direct marketers have an identity crisis. Direct marketing is interesting and complex. Let's not get hung up on terminology. Isn't it more important to practice a discipline that works, that helps move mail, move catalogs, move more dollars to the bottom line? Does it really matter what we call it, as long as we do it?"

According to the Jacksonville Daily News, "Last month the USPS announced a multifaceted proposal that includes: Restructuring retiree health benefit payments; five-day delivery service; establishment of a more flexible workforce; price adjustments to services and increased retail offerings. All the proposed reforms seem to have some merit, but the most promising is moving to a five-day delivery service, dropping Saturdays. This alone would save about $40 billion over 10 years. The impact on consumers would be moderate, given that Saturday is the lowest-volume delivery day. Under the plan, post offices would remain open Saturdays, and express mail delivery would continue. The plans are baby steps in the right direction. The end goal should be privatizing the postal service and/or ending its monopoly on first-class mail delivery."

As ZDNet has noted, "As the Postal Service keeps trying to increase rates to make up for the huge losses, more and more companies will be forced to do more and more communication online, instead of through the mails. Back in the days before the Internet, the software company I worked at used to do both promotional mailings and upgrade notifications via snail mail. We did an upgrade once and it cost us more than $100,000 just to tell people we had a new version of software. Nowadays, software developers just post a note on Twitter or their Web site or ¨ worst-case ¨ send an email to the opt-in subscriber list. Each option is basically free. This is the competition the Post Office is facing: $100,000 or free. Free will win."

As the Washington Post has noted, "The General Accountability Office last week warned that the U.S. Postal Service's business model is no longer viable because of its inability to reduce costs sufficiently to offset falling volume and revenue."

The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that "Ruth Goldway, the new chair of the Postal Regulatory Commission appointed by President Obama, has suggested turning post offices into one-stop shops for government services that would issue passports and national park passes, expand the money-order business and "reinvent the letter carrier" to be the "eyes and ears of the community and the sales and service point for small businesses." But such ideas cost money and don't come close to replacing the loss of revenue from business customers, said Gene Del Polito, president of the Association for Postal Commerce, a trade group for business postal users. "When customers, primarily business customers, leave the postal system because they're using some other medium, how are you going to be able to continue to pay for whatever it is you believe the nation should have?" Del Polito said. "What you're finding out now is if you can't pay for it, you've got to figure out what it is you need, not what you want."

The Wall Street Journal has reported that "United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) said Sunday that it has begun flying some Europe-bound Asian freight to Istanbul, Turkey, where it then will be trucked to its final destinations in a process expected to add up to three days to delivery schedules. The effort marks the latest contingency plan as cargo carriers deal with the flying ban over much of Northern and Central Europe stemming from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. The ensuing ash cloud has grounded passenger planes as well."

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