Postal

Staples, USPS End Program to Set Up Mini-Post Offices in Stores
July 15, 2014

Staples said it will end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the company's retail outlets, after several protests outside the stores. Postal workers have protested the program for months, objecting to expanding post office services to Staples stores, staffed with nonunion workers. The news comes days after the American Postal Workers Union won the support of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) after it approved a resolution to boycott Staples.

FedEx’s Price Rise Is a Blessing in Disguise for Amazon
May 12, 2014

No. 1 on the list of chores the Internet has done away with: dragging yourself to the store to stock up on unwieldy items and carting them home. Many e-commerce companies - led by Amazon.com and the sites it owns, like Diapers.com and Soap.com - have made it easy to order even items like toilet paper and diapers without paying a cent for shipping. So when FedEx announced last week that it would change its shipping prices to

USPS Plans to Open Hubs to Retailers Competing With Amazon
April 15, 2014

In 2020, when your supplies of milk and butter start to run low, your refrigerator will know to send out a call to the grocery store and, later that day, the Postal Service will show up at your door with fresh provisions. Sound far-fetched? Not to Nagisa Manabe. Manabe, the chief marketing and sales officer with the USPS, offered a preview of an array of initiatives that the agency is working on to improve and expand its services through the use of technology, tapping into unused infrastructure and by forging new partnerships. 

What Will Postal Reform Mean to Catalogers?
April 1, 2014

The long road to getting a bill passed in Washington is rarely smooth. The efforts of the last few years to pass a postal reform bill, whose primary purpose is to efficiently downsize the USPS in light of its diminished use in today's society, has been no exception. During the 112th Congress, the Senate passed a postal reform bill, but the House was unable to counter with one of its own. So far, a year-and-a-quarter into the 113th Congress, a similar pattern has ensued. Here's a recap of where things stood as of press time

Poshmark, USPS Collaboration Could Spell Big Changes for E-Commerce
March 21, 2014

A new collaboration between the U.S. Postal Service and fashion startup Poshmark could mark a significant milestone for e-commerce brands, large and small. The latter has introduced a scheme dubbed "PoshPost," a new USPS shipping label designated specifically for retail. The model follows a similar pricing plan already set up for books, DVDs and whatnot, all shipping at

2014-2015 Conference Calendar for Supply Chain, Distribution, Postal, Specialized Industry and More
March 4, 2014

The value of attending conferences is significant: learn from a combination of expert and peer-led presentations on trends and strategies to improve processes, enhance quality, reduce costs and do your jobs more effectively; network and make new connections; seek certification and professional growth opportunities; peruse the exhibit halls to better understand vendor capabilities and services; and more.

eBay, USPS Cast Doubts on Same-Day Delivery Model
February 18, 2014

There are signs that same-day delivery may not be as winning a model as some had hoped. The USPS suspended one of two pilot programs called Metro Post due to a lack of participation from retailers, and eBay CEO John Donahoe recently downplayed the company's same-day delivery service eBay Now during a presentation to Wall Street analysts. The USPS Office of Inspector General is concerned about a movement it calls "crowdshipping" that retailers use to deliver same-day orders to their customers. Donahoe cautioned analysts about how to think about the demand for same-day delivery.

Postal Bill Clears Senate Committee, Mailers Left Disappointed
February 7, 2014

A proposed rescue plan for the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service took a step forward Thursday when a Senate committee passed a bill that would end Saturday delivery and make permanent a recent, temporary increase in the cost of stamps. The bipartisan bill would also restructure the Postal Service's health insurance program and a $5.5 billion annual payment the agency must make toward health costs of future retirees, two shifts that would cut significant costs. Commercial mailers, meanwhile, oppose a provision to allow higher postal rates that's designed to bring the mail agency billions of dollars in new revenue.

What Online Retailers Should Know About January USPS Rate Changes
January 28, 2014

Shipping carriers raise rates every year, but this year, online sellers who use the U.S. Postal Service got some good news mixed in with the rate changes, according to online postage providers Stamps.com and Endicia, which provide sellers with commercial base rates that are more favorable than regular USPS retail rates. Eric Nash of Stamps.com said Priority Mail rates are going up a net zero percent, for example. In a podcast interview with EcommerceBytes, Nash highlighted some of the instances where rates are actually going down.

Dad Gets OfficeMax Mail Addressed ‘Daughter Killed in Car Crash’
January 21, 2014

An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's direct mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different. It was addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in Car Crash." Strange as that sounds, the mail reached the right guy. Seay's daughter Ashley, 17, was killed in a car crash with her boyfriend last year. OfficeMax somehow knew.