Monday, January 30th, 2012...8:54 am
Stop the USPS from Stealing your Mail Box Customers
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.
We knew that when the USPS requested that some PO Boxes be placed on their Competitive Price List it was not just to test higher prices. It was the beginning of a government assault on the Private Mail Box business and that Commercial Mail receiving Agents (CMRAs) were their target. AMPC, along with individual stores and other related organizations supported the effort to warn the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that, although the mail and parcel industry could not object to prices going up for PO Boxes, enhancements to the the PO Box services must be put to public comment before implementation.
The PRC agreed with AMPC and other commenters. From Order No. 473:
“if the Postal Service proposed to offer ancillary services to P.O. Box Service, those issues would be addressed in future proceedings.”
In a desperate attempt to cover mismanagement, the USPS managers have been assigned the task of getting new revenue no matter how it may affect the private sector economy. The latest attempt is to allow ancillary services such as email notification, the use of the Post Office street addresses, acceptance of private carrier packages, the use of the “#” address designation.
Moreover, as a direct affront to the regulations that are imposed on CMRAs, the USPS will allow the use of the Change of Address forms and processes for former PO Box renters.
This effort to use the tax and marketing advantages of the United State Postal Service to attack the livelihood of hard working families is un-American at the least and illegal in its implementation.
We need the help of individual shipping stores to fight this battle. Begin by joining us, now. We will keep you informed of our progress and let you know when and how to take action against this government takeover of your business.
We cannot let the Postal Service steal our mail box customers.