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U.S. International Trade Commission Overturns Canadian Newsprint Duties

The five commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday that imports from Canada of uncoated groundwood paper, used for newspapers, commercial printing and book publishing, do not injure U.S. industry.  Read more here.


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Getting to the Core with Data Anayltics

No matter the industry, it’s always better to address the root cause of a problem than put a Band-Aid on the symptom.

We find data analytics — which includes data mining, risk assessments, and predictive analytics — lets us find the most effective ways to detect fraud, waste, and mismanagement at the U.S. Postal Service. Data analytics allows us to synthesize data in ways that get to the very core of a problem or inefficiency, so we can then identify possible solutions.  Read more here.


USPS Drops a Bomb on its Customers

The Postal Service shocked the nonprofit mailing world, and many other mailers, when it posted a surprise Federal Register Notice on August 23.  Everyone should read the actual notice here.  Although postal staffers have tried to soften the blow by characterizing the Notice as a “trial balloon,” “market research,” and “just gathering information,” this is no way to treat your customers!  Read more here.


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The Ugly Truth Hiding Behind Canada’s ‘low’ Unemployment Rate Should Worry Us All

Touting Canada’s relatively low unemployment rate is a common refrain from the Trudeau government. For instance, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has repeatedly stated that “Canada’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been in over 40 years” and “these are the real results of a plan that’s working.”

In reality, however, a broader assessment of Canada’s labour market performance shows things are not as rosy as Morneau suggests, particularly when measured against the United States.  This is concerning because labour markets allocate our most valuable and productive resource: the work, effort and creativity of Canadians.  Read more here.