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Congress must step up to save the US Postal Service as we know it

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night keeps the U.S. Postal Service from delivering the mail, but if Congress doesn’t act soon, financial insolvency just might.  Read more.

 

Senate easily passes sweeping opioids legislation, sending to President Trump

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the issue before the November midterm elections.  Get all the details here.

 

How the USPS’s Proposed Changes to Marketing Mail Hurts Customers

On August 23, the United States Postal Service filed a Federal Register with proposed changes to the definition of Marketing Mail Contents. This proposal has mailers at all levels very concerned, regardless of industry. Members of the USPS state that their goal is to open a conversation about what Marketing Mail is, and to look at ways to improve efficiency and operations in the future.  Read on…

When Mail Disappears (and Gets Found Again)

Thinking about adding mail tracking to your roster of services? It takes extra cost and effort, so how would you pitch the value to your clients? On its website, Pitney Bowes has a great collection of case studies that show how its mail tracking service, TrackMyMail, not only benefitted the client, but actually prevented major marketing disasters. If your client faced one of these situation without mail tracking, what would they do? It’s a fair question. Here are three examples. You can check out the entire collection of case studies here.

 


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2019 Forecast: Tight Paper Market Will Continue for Publication, Coated Grades

At the beginning of next year, magazine publishers will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier – assuming they can find any paper to buy.  Continue to read…

 

Paper Tariffs Are 100% Eliminated: Why This Matters

Earlier this year, the Commerce Department imposed a newsprint tariff on uncoated groundwood paper imported from Canada. This sort of tariff is intended to protect U.S. industry by raising the price of a foreign-made object. But, in this case, the U.S. producers do not have the available capacity to meet the demand for this paper in this country. The only options available to American consumers and businesses were to continue to buy paper from Canada and pay the increased costs or find other non-print options to market their products and services. This tariff would have severe negative consequences to American businesses.  Read more.

 


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Driver turnover on the rise: ATA

ARLINGTON, Va. – Driver turnover at large truckload fleets hit its highest level since 2015, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

For the first half of 2018, driver turnover at large truckload fleets was 96%, on pace to be the highest year for turnover since 2013. Meanwhile, turnover at small truckload fleets was 72%.  Read more.