The Court Rules on the Barcode Case (again)

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Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, issued a decision on the Postal Service’s challenge to a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission involving barcoding and a rate increase.  The ruling is here. The Court’s ruling is essentially a rebuke to the Commission for failing to provide an adequate explanation for why changes in the Postal Service’s … Read More

Talk about Fake News: How a flawed Citigroup analysis led to Trump’s bogus tweets about Amazon and the Postal Service

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President Trump is continuing his Twitter attack on Amazon over its deal with the Postal Service.  Yesterday Trump tweeted, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country… not a level … Read More

Post Office discontinuances and suspensions: A decade in review

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The Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission are currently working on the annual compliance review.  The goal of the ACR, as stated in 39 U.S.C. §3652, is to determine if during the previous fiscal year the Postal Service has met all of the rate setting and service goals of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. The review deals primarily with the issue of … Read More

How to rent a piece of history: JLL’s USPS Properties for Lease

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  Last summer Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) replaced CBRE as the Postal Service’s exclusive provider of real estate services.  As stated on the USPS page on its website, JLL is “the transaction manager and exclusive broker for USPS’ 280 million-square-foot U.S. portfolio.”  JLL is responsible for negotiating leases on 25,500 properties the Postal Service leases from private owners, brokering the sale of … Read More

The Postal Service gets a new real estate provider

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The Postal Service has ended its contract with CBRE as the agency’s exclusive real estate provider.  A few months ago, the Postal Service awarded a contract to a new broker, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). Los Angeles-based CBRE (aka CB Richard Ellis), the world’s largest commercial real estate firm, became the sole provider of real estate services for the Postal Service in … Read More

The Postal Service plans to end COD home delivery

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The Postal Service is planning to end COD mail to home addresses. Under current policy, COD — officially “Collect on Delivery,” aka “cash on delivery” — can be delivered by the carrier to an address (COD per se) or it can be picked up by the customer at the post office, which is officially “Hold For Pick Up” (HFPU). The home delivery … Read More

The Postal Service test drives its new Service Performance Measurement system

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Back in January 2015, the Postal Service proposed a major change in the way it measures on-time service performance for single-piece First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting out to a third-party as it had done for many years, the Postal Service wanted to take advantage of the increased use of barcoding and do the measuring itself. The Postal Service began testing … Read More

Postal Service releases 2015 Household Diary Study

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The Postal Service has released the Household Diary Study (HDS) Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The HDS measures the mail sent and received by U.S. households, tracks household mail trends, and compares mail use between different types of households. Among the Study’s findings: In 2015, U.S. households received 119.9 billion pieces of mail, and sent 10.5 billion. Mail sent or … Read More

Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

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Votingbymail.com: Polls released this week indicate that the November presidential election could be very close, much closer than previously expected.  In most elections, the margin of victory is large enough to avoid questions about how the votes were cast and counted, but when elections are close and contested, things like how the voting machines function and what constitutes a valid ballot can become … Read More