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Trying out Package Pickup Points

May 20, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

The Wall Street Journal's article, "Parcel-Delivery Firms and Retailers Experiment With Package Pickup Points," reports how as online shopping grows, retailers seek new ways to deal with "failed" package deliveries to homes. 

As online shopping becomes more common, parcel-delivery services and...

Feedback on the “New” Digital Postal Service

May 19, 2015
Author: Bill Bonato

A couple of weeks ago in Direct Markeitng News, the many positive aspects of the U.S. Postal Service as a marketing channel (high response, exclusive access, mass scale) were reviewed and we wondered whether its reputation as dowdy and deficit-ridden old warhorse could be turned around if it...

US Senate Committee Focuses on "Innovative" Ideas for Rejuvenating US Postal Service

May 14, 2015
Author: Bill Bonato

A panel of key stakeholders gave their views on the “challenges and opportunities facing the US Postal Service in the digital age” at a briefing convened on Tuesday (May 12) by Senator Tom Carper, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Jim Cochrane, who...

The Postal Service's Amazing Transformation Continues

May 8, 2015
Author: Bill Bonato

Worried about the US Postal Service? Don't be. CNBC’s Morgan Brennan takes a look at the Postal Service’s amazing transformation, adapting with the times to provide world-class service with amazing new upgrades such as a new hi-tech fleet geared toward same-day delivery. And much more... watch...

Video: California startup to offer “World’s First True Smart Mailbox"

May 7, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

GATE uses a local network to know exactly when the mail is going to be delivered each day, and notifies you from your phone, your social media, or even when you walk by the base station in your home.

GATE is made up of two main parts—the Mailbox Unit and the Home unit.

Two optional units, a...

In Germany, Amazon to test delivering packages directly to your car trunk

May 4, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

Connected cars are not only offering services when you drive, they might also offer convenient services when parked. Audi, DHL and Amazon are for example piloting a project to ship parcels to your car trunk. 

The pilot will start in Munich, Germany in May and allow drivers to order items on...

The Curious Ups and Downs of Mail Volume Declines

May 4, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

The following article, published by the USPS Office of Inspector General, describes the nuances of fluctuating mail volume...

The Midwest is the nation’s “breadbasket.” New England has its Patriots. Appalachia loves its bluegrass music. And it never rains in Southern California. We all...

Why USPS Cost-Cutting Doesn't Always Make Sense

May 1, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

The USPS has plans to install curbside and cluster mailboxes in neighborhoods as a cost saving measure.  A report from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows consumers do not like the idea. 

If your mail delivery was moved to a locked box, how would you react?

The OIG, working with InfoTrends, surveyed 5,000 households across the country. The survey...