On the border of the boundary wars: The PRC’s order on First Class Mail Parcels

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Last month the Postal Regulatory Commission denied the Postal Service’s request to transfer retail, single-piece First-Class Mail Parcels from the market-dominant list to the competitive list, where it would have become a category of First-Class Package Services. FCM Parcels are lightweight packages weighing 13 ounces or less, and they’re typically used by individuals and small businesses to ship things like … Read More

The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples

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The Postal Service has rather quietly announced a pilot program to put post offices inside of Staples.  It’s part of what the USPS is calling the Retail Partner Expansion Program, and the first Staples to host a post office will be located in San Francisco and San Jose. According to an article in the Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, which was apparently based on … Read More

Postal Vision 2020 looks at the future of “postal services” and sees privatization

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The third annual Postal Vision 2020 conference will take place this week in Washington, DC.  The conference brings together speakers from a variety of backgrounds for what the Postal Vision website describes as a "provocative, candid conversation about what Americans should have in the way of ‘postal services’ in 2020 and beyond and who should provide them.” More about postal privatization: … Read More

Privatizing the post office: The NAPA/Pitney Bowes study on reinventing the retail network

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About three weeks from now, postal insiders and innovative outsiders will convene in Washington DC for the PostalVision 2020/3.0 conference to discuss the future of the Postal Service.  Called “Positioning America for the New Millennium,” the event will focus on “a constructive approach to re-inventing today’s broken Postal Service model for future generations.” Among the headliners speaking at the event … Read More

Pitney Bowes funds a study to privatize the Postal Service, could make billions off the plan

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The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has just published a report about a proposal to create a "public-private hybrid" postal system.  The full title is worth noting: “An Independent Review of
 a Thought-Leader Concept to Reform the U.S. Postal Service.” Under the proposal, two-thirds of the Postal Service — the retail and processing components (the “upstream activities”) — would … Read More