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Quick Reference to the U.S. Postal Service March 2016 Introduction The U.S. Postal Service is an independent federal agency that must deliver mail to all Americans according to a standardized pricing schedule. Despite a legally guaranteed monopoly on non-urgent mail and exclusive rights of access to Americans’ [Read More...]
Postal Service “Profits” are Nothing to Write Home About The U.S. Postal Service has finally delivered — a profit, that is. Last month, the beleaguered government agency reported its first net quarterly profit in five years. Have Americans rediscovered their love of greeting cards? Not really. A closer look [Read More...]
International Postal Update — April 2016 POSTAL OPERATORS WORLDWIDE SEEK COMPETITIVE EDGE FROM TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS USPS UPGRADING PACKAGE DELIVERY NETWORK The U.S. Postal Service is investing heavily in major technology initiatives with a focus on improving delivery of its competitive package products. Over the past two [Read More...]
International Postal Update — January 2016 NEW REPORT: EUROPEAN POSTS OVERCHARGE CONSUMERS ON INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING International shipping within Europe can cost up to five times as much as domestic shipping, according to new research from Saint-Louis University in Brussels, Belgium, conducted on behalf of the European [Read More...]
The Threat to Public Safety in the U.S. Mail Law enforcement agencies nationwide are confronting an increasingly prevalent threat: a flood of cheap, new synthetic drugs from overseas. They’re generally ordered online, arrive by international mail and are delivered to buyers in the United States by the U.S. Postal [Read More...]
Postal Regulatory Commission Report Confirms Market Distortions in International Mail System The complex system governing payments for international mail is responsible for widespread distortions in the marketplace for mail and delivery services, according to a new paper published by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The paper, prepared by the firm Copenhagen Economics, [Read More...]
A Threat to Public Safety, and the Economy, via International Mail Drug dealers are teaming up with an unlikely new business partner — the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service is unwittingly delivering increasing amounts of dangerous synthetic drugs — nasty compounds that can trigger unpredictable, violent behavior and overdoses but [Read More...]
International Postal Update — October 2015 SECURITY RISKS FOR PACKAGES ENTERING THE U.S. United States authorities are effectively not screening packages entering the country from foreign posts. In a recent study, Copenhagen Economics surveyed designated postal operators from 10 countries and found that none submitted security [Read More...]
The U.S. Postal Service and the Dangers of Monopoly Power From the Examiner When purchasing a 49-cent postage stamp to send a greeting card or pay a bill, most of us probably think that we’re getting a good deal — covering the costs of our friendly neighborhood letter carriers and [Read More...]
International Postal Update — June 2015 TERMINAL DUES FOCUS OF U.S. HOUSE HEARING “Fair Competition in International Shipping” was the focus of a hearing of the Subcommittee on Government Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 16.  Hearing participants discussed terminal dues, the international [Read More...]
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