Key Notes – Volume 03 Number 27

Binding the Nation Together / From the Beginning – Meeting in Philadelphia in May of 1775 – more than a year before we declared our independence from Great Britain – the Second Continental Congress created the position of Postmaster General and conferred the title on Ben Franklin – and effectively established the U.S. Postal Service.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Washington and the other founding fathers believed America had a need for a mail system that ensured the free flow of information between citizens and their government. They understood that an informed citizenry was essential to a successful democracy. Indeed, the first editions of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution traveled as broadsides through the mail to inform all the colonies of what was happening in Philadelphia. Source:  USPS IG

Importance of Chain-of-Custody – Graphic Communications has recently renewed their long-standing commitment to the three major Chain-of-Custody standards: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).  The Chain-of-Custody certifies that the fiber used in paper making is traced from its originating forest through the manufacturing process to its final step of printing and distribution.  Source:  Graphic Communications

Why Marketers Choose Print – “At our very core, we are a tactile species,” declares Daniel Dejan, Print & Creative Manager at Sappi Etc.  “Our sense of touch is highly developed, and we seek that tactile experience.  We need it.”  In fact, the neuroscience of touch has proven that as soon as we touch something–such as a print piece–we begin to feel differently about it.  We value it more.  Source:  Printing News

USPS Offers Range of New Products – Imagine getting an email with images of all the physical mail that’ll be delivered to your home later that day.  The Postal Service is piloting the Informed Delivery system right now in New York City.  That’s just one innovation USPS is trying. Gary Reblin, USPS’ vice president for new products and innovation, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin about a range of new products, including some for the Postal Service’s bread-and-butter business.  Listen to the complete interview here.  Source:  Federal New Radio

Address Quality – The U.S. Postal Service has developed a newly proposed procedure, the Address Quality Census Measurement and Assessment Process, to measure address quality pertaining to move-related changes.  The process will utilize a scorecard for mailers that conveys information on address hygiene as well as Move Update quality.  This proposed rulemaking is subject to both Postal Service management and Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approvals.  Source:  Federal Register

Members of Congress Introduce Resolution to Ensure Door Delivery of Mail – With the Postal Service already beginning to phase out of door delivery of mail, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) re-introduced a bipartisan House Resolution stressing that door delivery must not end.  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) joined Davis as lead cosponsors of H. Res. 28.  “Proposals to end all door delivery are not good for postal customers, businesses or the USPS in the long run,” said Rep. Davis. “My constituents with door delivery are very vocal about wanting to keep this critical service and I support them.”  Source:  Rep. Susan Davis

USPS Historical Service Performance Trend Data Now Available – Customers can now view the Postal Service’s most recent quarterly report of area and district-level data as well as historical quarterly performance trends going back to Quarter 2, Fiscal Year 2015 [Link].  The new historical quarterly performance trends allow stakeholders to put current performance in context by visualizing data in trend charts. The Postal Service has adapted this format to report service performance scores that are easily and readily available to the public.  Source:  Industry Outreach

Union Refuses Arbitration with Canada Post – Canada Post’s largest union has rejected a proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration to avoid a potential work stoppage.  Canada Post has extended its lockout notice to Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET and is willing to submit to arbitration in an effort to resolve the ongoing dispute.  Source:  CBC