Key Notes – Volume 03 Number 31

Bipartisan USPS Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Agency – Bipartisan bills that address real national problems are rare these days.  Maybe it is not surprising that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) produced a bipartisan postal reform bill in July, given that the self-supporting Postal Service is by far the most popular government agency – it had an 84 percent favorability rating in a recent Pew Research survey.  Source:  The Hill

USPS Increases Sustainable Vehicle Fleet – The Postal Service and its highway contract suppliers have increased the number of tractor-trailers that run on alternative fuels, part of the organization’s broader efforts to become more sustainable.  In fiscal 2015, USPS suppliers used 72 tractor-trailers that run on natural gas — up from 39 such vehicles one year earlier.  This increase more than doubled the number of annual miles operated by natural gas vehicles to 6.6 million miles. The increase also more than doubled the number of natural gas gallons used by the tractors to 1.1 million gallons.  Source:  USPS Link

Delivering on Expectations and Avoiding Ghosts of Christmas Past – The countdown to Christmas has already begun for the majority of logistics firms and retailers, who are keen to maximize the opportunities provided by the festive season.  The build up to the Christmas holiday proves a busy time of year for logistics companies and has the potential to be extremely profitable for retailers.  Source:  Post & Parcel

Direct Mail Promotions – The USPS currently has three mailing promotions running that offer a 2 percent postage discount for the use of print/mobile technology and tactile, sensory, and physical experiences.  By visiting, you can view examples that would qualify for each of these promotions and experience how direct mail can be cutting-edge and innovative.  Source:  Postal Bulletin

PMG & CFO to Host Media Call on FY16 3rd Quarter Results – The Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY16 third quarter financial results in detail.  The call is open to all other interested parties.  Click here for more information.  Source:  EconoTimes

Paper Use Is Growing in the Classroom – This year’s Paper and Productive Learning: The Second Annual Back-to-School Report, commissioned by the Paper and Packaging Board, surveyed 4,300 students, parents and teachers in the United States.  And the numbers tell a story:  despite the availability of digital resources, paper is still a leading learning tool both in and out of the classroom.  Click here to view infographic.  Source:  How Life Unfolds

PRC Publishes USPS Household Diary Study – The Postal Regulatory Commission issued a report documenting the findings of the USPS Household Diary Study for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.  The HDS aims to collect information on household use of mail and how that use changes over time. The survey collects household information on demographics, lifestyle, attitudes toward mail and advertising, bill payment behavior, and use of the Internet and other information technologies.  Source:  PRC

The Importance of Chain-of-Custody – Graphic Communications has recently renewed our 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®).  Why is Chain-of-Custody such a critical consideration to a paper sourcing policy? It 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:  Veritiv

White House Reveals Major Steps to Integrate Drones into US Airspace – The White House revealed a number of actions during the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation to advance and celebrate the potential of unmanned aircraft systems.  The US Postal Service intends to publish its findings on how drone delivery can help the public.  Specifically, it is investigating how the public would view drone delivery if it were offered by the US Postal service and for delivery by commercial operations.  Source:  Silicon Republic