July 10th date for USPS Reform Vote in House Could be Delayed

After the previous post on an expected schedule for H.R.2309 was promoted promoted on twitter, Congressman Dennis Ross responded and indicated that the schedule could slip.  @CEP_Observer rough estimate. Nothing is set in stone. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012   Given that July 11th is already scheduled for another debate and vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, any delay in dealing with postal reform in the House of Representatives pushes it until either July 12th or the following week.  Delays in bringing H.R. 2309 to a floor vote would indicate that the bill’s managers are finding it difficult to find legislative language that will ensure that 218 Republicans are [...] Read more »

USPS Reform Appears Headed to House Floor on July 10


In repsonse to a question on Twitter, Congressman Dennis Ross has confirmed that H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, will reach the House floor on July 10, 2012. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012 After this post was published, Congressman Ross tweeted that the July 10th date could slip. @CEP_Observer rough estimate. Nothing is set in stone. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012  If the timing does slip, H.R. 2309 will have to wait until at least July 12th as the House will be debating another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on July 11. Postal Stakeholders should understand that in addition to the legislative language passed [...] Read more »

House Schedule This Week Includesd Three USPS Bills (To Name Post Offices)


This week’s House of Representatives schedule included three bills that were considered on Tuesday that named Post Offices. As noted by others, naming Pot Offices is the most common legislative activity in the current Congress. The schedule did not have any specific items for consideration on Wednesday, June 27th or Thursday, June 28th which would indicates that there would have been floor time to debate USPS reform this week if the bill’s sponsors wanted to move the legislation forward this week. However, Chairman Darrell Issa, who is one of the two sponsors of H.R. 2309, appears to have bumped postal reform legislation down on his list of priorities as he continues [...] Read more »

USPS Finances Continue to Look Stronger than at Beginning of Year


With the May preliminary financial results now out, the Postal Service appears likely to complete this year in better financial shape than expected when forecasts were made last September.    Volume remains stronger than expected for the full year and even the slowdown in the economy this Spring appears to have done little more than push volumes and revenue back to original expectations.   Given that the next two quarters should see growth double-digit growth in parcel volumes and an unprecedented level of political campaign spending on mail, the Postal Service faces the challenge of  improving service quality while adjusting its staffing operating plans to handle higher volumes than it expected when current operating strategies were approved. [...] Read more »

Why Mail Matters: 10% Of Obama Campaign Spending is Postage


National Review has reported that the Obama Campaign has spent $14.7 million in postage between April 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012.  This is 9.9% of the campaign’s total spending during this period.  If one assumes that postage is only half of the cost of mailing,  then the nearly $30 million that the Obama campaign appears to have spent on postage, mailing list management, printing, and mail piece design is greater than what it spent on any other means of reaching voters other than television.   Previous posts have noted the importance of mail during the last few weeks of a number of Republican primaries.   As Obama moves from a non-contested primary season to [...] Read more »

J.P Morgan Indicates that USPS Service Standard Changes Will Reduce Business Working Capital


In a note to clients, J.P Morgan notes that the coming changes in Postal Service Service Standards could have a negative impact on the financial health of American businesses. With the reduction in locations and mail carriers, invoices may take one to two days longer to reach your customers, while, simultaneously, customer payments will also take longer to collect. The result: an increase on Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) — and a potential increase in your company’s working capital. Specifically, the receivables cycle and DSO may increase by two to four days, while the volume of delinquent customer payments may also increase.  Current estimates of the financial impact of these changes [...] Read more »

USPS Responds to Post on Customer Interface System Outages

Roy Betts, wrote this comment on behalf of the Postal Service on the post, “Did the USPS Lose Revenue When Systems Went Down?” The Postal Service regrets any inconveniences our customers experience when we experience system outages. The June 17 outage is under review and we intend to learn what happened, why it happened and how we can prevent it from happening again. We value our customers and will do everything within our power to prevent future system outages. Tweet Read more »

Did the USPS Lose Revenue When Systems Went Down?

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The Postal Service’s customer interface systems (i.e. FAST, IMB, Postal One, Click ‘n Ship, label printing, Postage purchase, etc.) were out as much as twelve hours on Sunday June 17. Problems with the customer interface was noticed by some commercial customers as early as 8 a.m. Consumers and small business began reporting problems on Twitter around 11 a.m. on the east coast. Problems on digital interfaces for business customers appeared to have been resolved by 8 p.m. on the east coast. Consumers and small business customers that use the Postal Service’s web site continued to experience problems to nearly 11 p.m. Commercial Interfaces Affected The Postal Service’s Commercial Business Gateway [...] Read more »

USPS Delivered 30% of FedEx Ground Shipments in FedEx’s Fiscal Fourth Quarter


For the twelfth consecutive quarter  FedEx has increased the proportion of shipments handled by its FedEx Ground subsidiary over the same quarter the previous year.    The continued rapid growth of FedEx Ground’s SmartPost service reflects the continuing increase in business-to-consumer shipments that FedEx transports for its customers. The following chart illustrates the share of FedEx Ground shipments delivered by the Postal Service since 2009.  The increase in USPS share of deliveries reflects the faster market growth of FexEx SmartPost as compared to FedEx Ground’s delivery using other FedEx Ground or FedEx Home contractors.  The fast growth rate of Fedex SmartPost reflects the need of B-2-C online retailers for a low cost delivery service [...] Read more »

Another Week and Still No Action on USPS Reform in the House

On Friday, the Majority Leader Office of the House of Representatives released the Weekly Schedule for the House.   As expected there is no mention of any action on postal reform this week.  A Hill newspaper report on likely legislative actions prior to the July 4 recess lists a number of items including flood insurance, Food and Drug Administration reform, small business tax incentives, cybersecurity, energy legislation and appropriations bills. MONDAY, JUNE 18TH On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 1) H.R. 4027 – To clarify authority granted under the Act entitled “An Act to [...] Read more »