Sources of change: The Postal Service breaks down the mail volumes for the PRC

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The news media are busy this weekend reporting on the Postal Service’s financial report for fiscal year 2013, which shows a $5 billion loss.  If Congress weren’t requiring the Postal Service to pay $5.5 billion into the retiree health benefits fund, the Postal Service would have made a profit of over a half billion dollars.  Not that this could stop … Read More

How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

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The Postal Service’s request to the Postal Regulatory Commission for an exigent rate increase is on hold right now due to the government shutdown.  The Request, along with testimony from three Postal Service witnesses and a slew of tables, was submitted on September 26.  Before the shutdown happened, the Chairman had filed a couple of requests for additional information, but … Read More

Groundhog Day at the Post Office: Time for an exigent rate increase, again?

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BY MARK JAMISON It may be September, but it feels like “Groundhog Day,” the movie in which newsman Bill Murray wakes up to the same day over and over again.  A few weeks ago, rumors started swirling again that the Postal Service was going to request an exigent rate increase.  News reports said that at its meeting on September 5, … Read More

USPS BOG backs off five-day delivery, may seek exigent rate increase

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The USPS Board of Governors announced today that it has decided not to go forward with the plan to end Saturday delivery on August 5, 2013. The press release is here. The Board acknowledged that the Continuing Resolution passed recently by Congress means that the Postal Service must continue delivering the mail six days a week.  Apparently a recent analysis from … Read More

On Falling Mail Volumes, A Tale of Two Stories

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” … Read More

PMG caves, DMA wins, USA loses: The Postal Service withdraws its request for a rate increase

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The mailing industry has won the battle over the “exigent rate increase.”  The Postal Service will be withdrawing its request to the Postal Regulatory Commission to increase postage.  No one likes it when rates go up, but this announcement should make people mad as hell.  The Postal Service is closing thousands of post offices, preparing to put hundreds of thousands … Read More

Don’t touch my junk: The bulk mail industry says hands off our profits

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Nobody likes it when the Postal Service raises its postage rates, but maybe it’s time to consider a rate hike.  It won't be a popular idea, but it might be better than closing thousands of post offices and laying off over a hundred thousand workers and pushing thousands more out of their jobs. Not that a small increase in postage … Read More