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The Crisis in Synthetic Opioids Arriving by International Mail Public safety officials across the United States are scrambling for solutions to a worsening crisis caused by synthetic opioids.  Fentanyl and similar synthetic drugs killed nearly 10,000 Americans in 2015.  As Nathaniel Popper explains in his New York Times article [Read More...]
Are Postal Service Retiree Obligations Too Big to Move? (From Federal Times) The magnitude of the U.S. Postal Service’s unfunded liabilities for its retiree pensions and health benefits imperils the agency and its workforce. Now a Congressional proposal seeks to brighten the agency’s future finances – by shifting these liabilities onto federal [Read More...]
Saving the Postal Service Requires Getting the Details Right Postal Trendwatch – May 2017 Change is frequently a difficult experience for many people, no matter how necessary or worthwhile they believe it to be.  This is certainly proving to be the case with the future of the U.S. Postal [Read More...]
Needed International Mail Reforms Inch Forward International Postal Update – January 2017 MODEST PROGRESS WITH NEW POSTAGE RATE SYSTEM  At the 26th Universal Postal Congress (UPU) this fall, member countries voted to institute a new payment system for letters and small packages shipped by international mail. [Read More...]
How Honest is the Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong Lawsuit? The federal government’s lawsuit against former cycling champion Lance Armstrong could potentially cost the fallen icon nearly $100 million in damages.  But the U.S. Postal Service, on whose behalf the government is seeking to collect, has shown it knows a [Read More...]
International Postal Update — October 2016 UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION CONGRESS TWEAKS TERMINAL DUES SYSTEM The Universal Postal Union, the governing organization for international mail, concluded its Istanbul Congress with modest revisions to its pricing system for shipments between designated postal operators. Member countries approved pricing changes [Read More...]
Postal Trendwatch – September 2016 Click here to download the full report as PDF. Mail Use Study Illustrates Postal Service’s Shifting Role Executive Summary Declines across categories of mail continue to cause gradual shifts to the U.S. Postal Service’s role in Americans’ everyday lives, according [Read More...]
The U.S. Postal Service, a National – and Constitutional – Treasure Fredric Rolando is president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. —————————— The Lexington Institute’s Don Soifer has done some in-depth pieces on the U.S. Postal Service, including a recent one on the financial picture at USPS. I appreciate the [Read More...]
Collect on Delivery: $54 Billion in Unfunded Postal Retiree Health Benefits? The U.S. Postal Service earned $68.9 billion in total revenue last year – -that’s the good news.  The less-good news, unfortunately, was that it reported $73.8 billion in operating expenses for the year. But the really bad news is that [Read More...]
World’s Postal Leaders Scrutinize Reform Proposals International Postal Update — July 2016 26th UNIVERSAL POSTAL CONGRESS THIS FALL IN ISTANBUL From September 20 to October 7, postal officials from across the globe will gather in Istanbul, Turkey, to shape the future of the sector. The Universal [Read More...]
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