Entries from June 2010

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Five-Day Delivery Testimony in Chicago

Nine Groups Testified; One Solution Presented Being the last person to testify had its disadvantages, but at least it kept me in that hot room next to Chicago’s ruling Mayor Richard Daley’s office to listen to all the other testimonies and a political speech by Danny Davis. With the muffled sound of unrelated protesters down [...]

Friday, June 18th, 2010

PRC Approves P.O. Box Competition

Associated Mail & Parcel Centers (AMPC) members pay dues to support the organization’s efforts to support their businesses. The money pays for a staff to develop benefits, programs, discounts, research, education, and advocacy for the members. Joining AMPC is easy. To help us support your industry and business, go to www.ampc.org and sign up. The Postal [...]

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Success in Seattle…

…and on to San Francisco “I just returned from the mini convention that AMPC hosted in Seattle last weekend.  What an excellent experience!  This was a perfect example of where AMPC is headed.  I read your editorial in the June MPC Today the day after the meeting and it expresses exactly what a trade association should [...]

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Postal Rate Update

Associated Mail & Parcel Centers (AMPC) members pay dues to support the organization’s efforts to support their businesses. The money pays for a staff to develop benefits, programs, discounts, research, education, and advocacy for the members. Joining AMPC is easy. To help us support your industry and business, go to www.ampc.org and sign up. As mentioned [...]

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The Need for Postal Reform

The difficulty in changing the US Postal Service is apparent as reflected in this 34-year-old study. SYNOPSIS Given its present charter and goals, the Postal Service is detained to be a continuing source of dissatisfaction and frustration.  Too many constituencies expect the Postal Service to produce economically rational results, given economically irrational constraints and expectations. [...]

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Free Internet Business Listings

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Friday, June 4th, 2010

5-Day Delivery Update

If it happens during this go around, it won’t be until late 2011.  And I doubt that Congress will be able to muster the courage to pass this (if at all) until after 2012. The Postal Service continues to press for the freedom to reduce delivery from six days to five. It has asked the [...]

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Postal Rate Update

USPS continues to plan to file a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) next month for an emergency price increases that will exceed the increase in inflation (price cap). The 2006 postal reform law permits such increases in “extraordinary or exceptional circumstances.” This part of the law has never been tested, but the USPS [...]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Postal Rate News

An “exigent rate case” appears to be a certainty with the Postal Service expected to announce its proposal in early July. The Postal Regulatory Commission has scheduled a technical conference for next month to discuss “procedural issues.” Rumors continue to swirl about what the price hikes might be, and any proposal will be challenged by [...]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

AMPC Presents Case for Expanding Private Mail Box Service

AMPC is now leading the effort once again to make sure that unfair competition to the Mail and Parcel industry doesn’t threaten the businesses and livelihoods of thousands of small business owners. Associated Mail & Parcel Centers (AMPC) members pay dues to support the organization’s efforts to support their businesses. The money pays for a [...]