Key Notes – Volume 02 Number 29

UPS to Offer Saturday Delivery Services – In the first stage, UPS will evaluate the demand of the services at a few destinations to justify the cost. These locations include Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, where Saturday delivery services will be monitored initially.  The company is expected to receive good demand as most online customers want to receive deliveries of their goods at homes on weekends.  Furthermore, the current move will also allow United Parcel Services to better compete with its biggest rivals – FedEx Corporation, that delivers ground-based parcels on Saturdays, and US Postal Services that makes deliveries even on Sundays in some areas.  Industry analysts expect home deliveries and online shopping to surge in the future and may account for more than half of United Parcel’s total business by the end of fiscal year 2019.  Source:  Postal Times

Canada Post Negotiations Continue – There’s progress, but still no deal between Canada Post and the union representing its workers.  One of the major demands the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has been fighting for is pay-per-hour for rural and suburban mail carriers, rather than getting paid by the package.  National president Mike Palecek says it’s the same model used for city mail carriers.  Canada Post also wants to change pensions for new hires, giving them fewer benefits than current employees of the Crown Corporation.  Source:  660 News

Direct Mail Holding Steady – Click here to see a timeline that shows data on direct mail volume in the United States from 2005 to 2015. In 2010, 91.7 million mail pieces which were attributed to direct mail were mailed in the United States.  Source:  Statista

Gearing Up – The Postal Service is continuing preparations for the fall election season, which is expected to generate an influx of Election Mail and Political Campaign Mail.  In Pacific Area, for example, managers and employees are adjusting policies and procedures to ease the transition to higher volumes in the fall.  “We need a strong performance for the rest of the year,” said Operations Support Acting Manager Larry Belair.  The adjustments stem from recent meetings in which Pacific Area teams gathered to discuss strategies for strengthening customers’ experiences, improving mail processing equipment efficiency and other topics.  Source:  USPS

2016 Mobile Shopping Promotion – Are you participating in the Postal Service 2016 Mobile Shopping Promotion?  This promotion provides business mailers with an upfront two percent postage discount on Standard Mail letters and flats.  The mailpiece must include a mobile barcode or print/mobile technology that can be read when scanned by a mobile device and leads the recipient to a mobile-optimized shopping website with the ability to complete a financial transaction. The recipient must be able to purchase an advertised product from the website.  The program period runs from July 1st to December 31, 2016.  Source:  USPS

2017 USPS Price Structure Considerations – Sharon Owens, Vice President of Pricing & Costing for the Postal Service, announced at the quarterly MTAC meeting some structural changes and possible insight into greater discounted categories of mail.  One of the key areas for catalogers and magazines is the return to the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) pricing structure that was in place prior to the 2015.  The change includes Standard Mail, Periodicals and Bound Printed Matter flats.  This is good news for mailers because it will bring High Density, High Density Plus, Carrier Route and 5-digit presort pricing back into FSS, bringing all of these presort categories together and available for all flats regardless of whether processing was on FSS.  Click here to see her entire presentation.  Source:  RIBBS/MTAC