Key Notes Volume 03 Number 10

2016 USPS Promotions and Incentives Webinar

You do not want to miss this webinar!  Graphic Communications, along with its parent company Veritiv and sister company Bulkley Dunton has set up a WebEx invite for an interesting Postal Webinar on March 16th.  This will not be you typical postal presentation.  Although we will touch on some of the postal requirements, the main focus of the presentation will be to illustrate the various technologies being used for the USPS promotional discounts.  See video examples of Enhanced Augmented Reality, NFC, and iBeacon used within mailpieces.  There are also some very entertaining videos showing the use of specialty paper and inks.

Postal Webinar – 2016 USPS Postal Promotions Overview

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

4:00 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr

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Rolling Back Prices – Who says April is the cruelest month?  April 10th will bring a postage price reduction for mailers and consumers.  The U.S. Postal Service will roll back prices on many of its products by an average 4.3 percent.  This reduction is known as the exigency rollback.  The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) agreed to an increase, but only a temporary one.  Once the USPS recovered the revenue lost to the recession – calculated at $4.6 billion – it would have to lift the surcharge and roll back prices to pre-exigent levels.  The USPS expects to hit that threshold April 10.  So market-dominant prices will drop, unless Congress enacts postal legislation that makes the exigent rates permanent, or the federal appeals court issues a ruling favorable to the Postal Service.  The USPS OIG wants to hear from you:  Do you anticipate sending more mail than initially planned this year once prices decrease?  Source:  USPS OIG

The Postal Service Lost Money on Its Facility Closures Last Year – The U.S. Postal Service has long sold its decision to reduce the size of its physical footprint as a necessary evil, a painful cost-cutting measure required to adapt to the changing landscape of mail delivery.  One problem:  It did not cut costs.  The second phase of the Postal Service’s consolidation plan actually lost money in 2015, according to a report USPS filed to its regulatory body and first reported by Dead Tree Edition.  The agencysuspended its plan to shutter 82 mail-processing facilities in May, which officials said has prevented the Postal Service from reaping the full benefit of the cuts.  The second phase was made possible by the Postal Service restructuring its delivery schedule, including virtually eliminating overnight mail delivery.  The Postal Service said the final consolidations remain in a “deferred status,” though officials initially said they would resume in 2016. Phase two will eliminate 7,000 jobs, according to USPS estimates, while forcing many more employees to relocate.  Source:  Government Executive

Lawmakers From Both Parties Renew Pushback on Postal Closures – Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing deep skepticism over the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to shutter more facilities and in the process shed more jobs as part of its consolidation strategy, pointing to the initial closures that actually lost money for the agency. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., wrote a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan on Tuesday to “demand” answers on the losses incurred by the Postal Service as it moved forward with the second phase of its “network rationalization” plan last year.  USPS lost $66 million from closing facilities in fiscal 2015, as the increased transportation costs outweighed the savings in parts and labor.  The agency said it would have benefited from the plan to shutter 82 processing plants if it had not been cut short due to concerns over delivery standards.  A more comprehensive postal reform bill introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., last year would place a two-year moratorium on the USPS consolidation plan. The consolidation plan was originally scheduled to shed 7,000 jobs, while relocating more employees.   Source:  Government Executive