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EVENT: Defense Acquisition Reform – Wednesday, June 24, 2015 The Lexington Institute is organizing a Capitol Hill forum on Wednesday, June 24th to discuss ways of streamlining management and procurement at the defense department. The forum will be a series of back-to-back presentations by subject matter experts. It will [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...]
Postal Trendwatch – May 2015 Click here to download the full report as PDF. Executive Summary The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $754 million in Q1 FY 2015 despite an increase in revenue. The loss is more than double the agency’s $354 million deficit in [Read More...]
International Postal Update — February 2015 REPORT FUELS CALLS FOR CHANGES IN TERMINAL DUES A recent study commissioned by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission concluded that the current system for assigning fees between countries for mail and small packages sent internationally produces market distortions and disruptions [Read More...]
International Postal Update — October 2014 ELECTION-RELATED REVENUE BOLSTERING POSTAL FINANCES Election mail is becoming a major source of income for postal operators around the world and appears to be improving voter participation rates. Voting by mail is gaining popularity in the United States. In California, [Read More...]
International Postal Update — July 2014 U.S. EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES FACE BARRIERS ABROAD The 2014 National Trade Estimate Report by the U.S. Trade Representative identified barriers it says hinder market access for U.S. express delivery companies across the globe. In Brazil, the government charges a flat [Read More...]
Postal Trendwatch – April 2014 Click here to download the full study as PDF. Executive Summary The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $354 million in Q1 FY 2014 — the 19th money-losing quarter of the prior 21. Still, the loss represents a significant improvement over [Read More...]
International Postal Update — April 2014 ROYAL MAIL AND UK RETAILERS SHIFT TOWARD E-COMMERCE Royal Mail and retailers look to capitalize on e-commerce growth. Royal Mail recently launched a television advertising campaign targeting parcel business customers — its first in five years. The postal operator’s half-year [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...]
WHEN IS A SAFE SCHOOL NOT A SAFE SCHOOL? Issue Brief Can you name a school you would describe as “persistently dangerous?” You might think so, but according to official education statistics, there are only 38 persistently dangerous public schools in the United States, and these occur only in [Read More...]
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