Mailing/Fulfillment - Postal Trends

Expansion Project for Mail Masters
June 5, 2009

NEW ALBANY, IN—A $1.2 million investment in hardware upgrades and the addition of 24 jobs highlights the expansion in digital printing capabilities for L&D Mail Masters, according to The (Jeffersonville, IN) Evening News and Tribune. Mail Masters provides direct mail marketing campaigns and boasts sales in excess of $21 million, according to the paper.

USPS Reacts to Shrinking Mail Volume
May 1, 2009

Days after announcing cost-cutting initiatives designed to save more than $100 million a year, Postmaster General John Potter told a House subcommittee that without aid, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will run out of money this year. The USPS lost $2.8 billion in 2008 and stands to fall deeper into the red this year, its business exacerbated by the weak economy and a drastic decline in mail volume.

Achieving Discounts -- New Numbers, Same Advice
May 1, 2009

IN THE wake of postal reform, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) started a new practice last year: annual rate increases. Last May, this May, and potentially every May in the foreseeable future, prices will change for most forms of mail and USPS services—usually upward.

Do Not Mail Initiatives -- Truth Outweighs Hype
May 1, 2009

DEPENDING ON your point of view, the news out of San Francisco is either devastating or a continued call to arms in the battle against Do Not Mail proponents and their efforts at passing legislation at the state and federal levels.

Small Win for 'Do Not Mail' Supporters
April 3, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday calling on the state of California and the U.S. Congress to create a Do Not Mail registry. The board approved the resolution, sponsored by supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, by a 9-2 vote.

Cash-Strapped USPS Seeking Aid
March 27, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Days after announcing cost-cutting initiatives designed to save more than $100 million a year, Postmaster General John Potter told a House subcommittee that without aid, the U.S. Postal Service will run out of money this year. The USPS lost $2.8 billion in 2008 and stands to fall deeper into the red this year, its business exacerbated by the weak economy and a drastic decline in mail volume.

USPS Issues RFI for Outsourcing of NCOA Program
March 23, 2009

The United States Postal Service has put out the following Request for Information (RFI) regarding proposals for a third party to manage its change-of-address (COA) program:

Database Management -- The Cleaner, the Better
March 1, 2009

EVEN THOUGH mailing and database management services have been around since the 1980s, a substantial number of printers expanded into this highly technical (and profitable) market as competition heated up with the new millennium. Today, more printers are continuing to invest in these capabilities in spite of—or, perhaps, because of—the bleak economy. After all, the weaker the financial outlook, the more important it is for service providers to ensure a bigger bang for their clients’ shrinking print dollars.

USPS Seeks to Cut Day of Mail
January 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Citing a nine billion piece reduction in mail volume during 2008, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General John Potter asked Congress this week to drop the requirement of delivering mail six days per week. Potter noted the USPS was $2.8 billion in the red during 2008, and that the loss could climb as high as $6 billion this year.

Printing Gaffe Exposes Personal Information
December 19, 2008

BATON ROUGE, LA—A printing job mailed out by the Louisiana Department of Revenue accidentally exposed the personal information of nearly 300 taxpayers to other people with tax debts, according to the Associated Press. The department said letters that were mailed to taxpayers who owed money included the name, address, social security number and debt amount for a different taxpayer on the other side of the document. The state agency says it has no reason to suspect the personal information has been misused.