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Senators reveal bipartisan plan to fix USPS' financial woes
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The U.S. Postal Service could tap a pension fund surplus to encourage as many as 100,000 employees to quit or retire in the next few years, under a bipartisan Senate bill introduced recently. The legislation, touted as a comprehensive fix for the failing mail carrier, would also lower its annual health care bill by billions of dollars, require eligible retirees to enroll in Medicare, and allow the Postal Service to create its own health insurance plan if its four unions go along. More



AMPC publishes suggested holiday shipping dates
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Every holiday shipping season, AMPC consolidates the carriers' suggested shipping dates for items to arrive by Christmas. Click here for a two-page chart showing the holiday schedules and guaranteed delivery policies of the major carriers. More

Industry support for Senate's Postal Service rescue plan
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Industry groups are currently mulling over the details of the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which would provide a number of pension and health care finance reforms to help the USPS, as well as measures to pave the way for a downsizing in the USPS network. The act was released by the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which is expected to mark up the proposals later this month for a hearing before the full Senate. More

OIG recommends outsourcing more jobs, slashing contractor's pay
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The U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General issued a report recently suggesting that the USPS could save $675 million a year by outsourcing janitorial and truck driving jobs, and by slashing the pay of existing contractors. In its response to the audit, the USPS pointed out that it is already reducing wages under the new APWU agreement, which allows some USPS employees to be paid even less than a contractor. More

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USPS far from dead letter, its chief says
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Despite the U.S. Postal Service's string of multibillion-dollar deficits and plans to shed more than 100,000 jobs, people are still lining up for a chance to work at the nation's mail service, according to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. More

UPS expects 6 percent rise in holiday shipments
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United Parcel Service expects package deliveries the week before Christmas to rise 6 percent compared with 2010. That's a total of 120 million packages around the world during the company's "peak week" compared with 113 million last year. UPS' smaller rival, FedEx, expects to handle 17 million packages on its busiest day. That's 10 percent more than its busiest day last year. More



USPS seeking info on direct mail and technology integration
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Ideally, the USPS would like to ground itself as a thought leader in best practices of integrating emerging technologies with mail. The USPS is requesting capability information, from those in the technology industry as well as the mailing industry, on any service offerings (both front end and back end) that allow consumers to interact and be engaged with their direct mail as a result of a technology component — a service that will help "blur" the lines of offline and online and further entrench direct mail as a valuable and impactful medium for all businesses both small and large. More

Postal Service sticking with ad campaign
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The U.S. Postal Service, attempting to slow the migration of first-class mail to electronic communications, says it will stick with an advertising campaign begun in September that tells businesses refrigerators and cork boards can't be hacked. More

Pitney Bowes expands use of Volly digital mail service
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As it continues working towards a consumer launch for the digital mailbox service next year, Pitney Bowes has signed agreements with customer communications companies Allison Payment Systems and Immediate Mailing Services to expand the use of the Volly service by mailers. The Volly service will comprise a cloud-based digital mailbox for consumers, through which they will be able to opt in to receiving statements and bills from various service providers in a single platform. More
 

 
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