Postal

USPS to Help Alibaba Get Goods to American Consumers
September 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

The US Postal Service will help get Alibaba merchandise into the hands of US consumers more quickly. The agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alibaba's logistics firm Cainiao to work together to develop new international shipping solutions and enhance the logistics-service experience for sellers and buyers. Alibaba said the global B2C cross-border e-commerce market…

Postal Union Scores a Win in War Against Staples Counters
July 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Whether you find postal counters at retail chain stores to be convenient or ill-conceived, it's not a sure thing they will continue. A judge found last year that the USPS violated the National Labor Relations Act by withholding certain information from the American Postal Workers Union. The Union requested the information in connection with bargaining…

USPS Adds E-Commerce Component to Direct Mail
May 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

The USPS is testing a new feature to engage consumers through mobile devices and make snail-mail marketing more attractive to retail marketers. The revelation came from Postmaster General Megan Brennan in a keynote speech at the National Postal Forum on Monday. The project, known as real mail notification, is being piloted in Northern Virginia and…

USPS Investigated for Possible Unlawful Activity
May 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Two Republicans on the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General demanding she turn over details about the agency's competitive products operations. In a letter dated May 13, 2015, Republican representatives Jason Chaffetz and Mark Meadows demanded Postmaster General Brennan provide the committee with a…

Postmaster General Brennan's View for the Future of the Post Office
April 9, 2015

Before a room full at catalogers at the American Catalog Mailers Association's (ACMA) Annual Forum and Policy Caucus in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Megan Brennan, the 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service — and the first woman to hold the position — addressed the future of her organization and why she believes it can still be a viable entity in an increasingly digital world.

USPS Delays April Rate Increase
March 30, 2015

The USPS Board of Governors decided on Friday to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of its proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices. 

What April USPS Rate Changes Mean for Online Merchants
February 26, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service is making rate changes in April, both for market-dominant services and competitive products. The USPS received approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission this week. The good news for many small online sellers is that Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates are not increasing. But there is negative news for sellers using First Class Package International Service. We checked in with Eric Nash of Stamps.com for help in understanding the impact of the new rates on online sellers.

Union Says USPS Should Exploit E-Commerce Opportunity
February 19, 2015

One year ago, the USPS Inspector General said offering financial services could help generate $8.9 billion in new revenue per year for the Postal Service. Apparently postal workers agree, and their union said Wednesday the Postal Service should also capture a greater share of the growing e-commerce market. And if anyone understands the growth of e-commerce, it's the men and women carrying packages to shoppers’ front doors. 

UPS Objects to Postal Service ‘Competitive Advantages’
February 6, 2015

As the U.S. Postal Service increases efforts to take business away from UPS and FedEx, UPS is asking the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to require USPS to be more forthcoming with information about its competitive products. In a filing on Monday, UPS said there were serious, deeply embedded problems with the manner in which the Postal Service is accounting for the costs of its competitive products business. "These problems prevent the Commission, the public, and indeed likely the Postal Service itself from knowing the true costs associated with this business," the shipping carrier stated in its filing.