New Postal Service Offerings Raise Questions Issue Brief February 20, 2014 Summary A new U.S. Postal Service product offering and one recently proposed could generate new revenue via direct financial services to consumers and same-day metropolitan package delivery.  But pertinent questions of regulatory, legal, privacy/data security [Read More...]
International Postal Update – December 2013 ____________________________________________________________________ CANADA TO END DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY ____________________________________________________________________ Canada Post plans to end door-to-door delivery service, cut its workforce, and raise stamp prices by 35 percent over the next five years. With these new measures, the postal operator aims to reverse [Read More...]
International Postal Update October 2013   ____________________________________________________________________ Canada Post Faces Lawsuit and Losses ____________________________________________________________________ Canada Post proposes lawsuit settlement while suffering substantial losses in Q2 2013.Canada Post offered $5.05 million (US$4.9 million) to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2006 by Lee Valley Tools [Read More...]
International Postal Update July 2013 ____________________________________________________________________ Boycott Threatens Royal Mail  ____________________________________________________________________ Royal Mail profits surge while union threatens to boycott private mail. Ahead of the government’s planned sell-off of Royal Mail, the U.K. postal service reported that its pre-tax profits in the year [Read More...]
Competitive Defense Contracting: When It Makes Sense (and When It Doesn’t) Research Study Executive Summary Competition has become the mantra of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) acquisition corps. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Mr. Frank Kendall has gone on record saying “I think that nothing, nothing, [Read More...]
International Postal Update April 2013 ____________________________________________________________________ Universal Postal Union Meetings In Berne ____________________________________________________________________ The Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) two main deliberative bodies, the Postal Operations Council and the Council of Administration, met in Berne this month to begin action on policies approved at [Read More...]
A Quick Reference On The U.S. Postal Service Click here to download printer friendly PDF   Overview Created in 1789 as the Department of the Post Office, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) commenced operations as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United [Read More...]
Toward A 21st Century Defense Logistics Enterprise Research Study Historically the focus of the defense acquisition and sustainment system has swung pendulum-like between two policy objectives. At one end of the arc, the goal is effectiveness: insuring that the military gets the best equipment and support available [Read More...]
Don Soifer interviewed on “The Takeaway”, Public Radio International on the future of the Postal Service Lexington’s Don Soifer interviewed on Public Radio International’s “The Takeaway” morning news program, broadcast on 70 stations across the United States. He discusses the Service’s $5.5 billion default, and what it means and doesn’t mean for postal operations. He also [Read More...]
Is the Postal Service Eyeing Your Piggy Bank? The Daily Caller During the 2000 election, Saturday Night Live had a field day with Al Gore’s suggestion that Social Security and Medicare be put into an “ironclad lockbox.” Congress would not be able to use the Social Security and [Read More...]
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