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Let Opus help you fill your empty mailboxes
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Looking to increase customer traffic in your store and fill empty private mailboxes? Sign up now to become an Opus Virtual Offices partner! Opus' program allows business owners to have many of the normal office amenities, such as a live receptionist answering calls and a corporate mailing address, without actually owning or leasing an office. To make this possible, Opus teams with retail mail centers where customers can open private mailboxes. If Opus sends a client to your store, you will be compensated $25 per month per mailbox. More

USPS told to end cross-subsidy of monopoly mail services
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Issuing its fourth annual review of U.S. Postal Service activities, the Postal Regulatory Commission has said that the USPS should stop subsidizing loss-making monopoly products with revenues from elsewhere. For the first time ever, the commission said one of the USPS products — Standard Mail Flats — was not in compliance with U.S. law. It has ordered the USPS to rectify the situation "as soon as practicable." More

USPS proposes rules to make it easier to close post offices
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The U.S. Postal Service in June may pinpoint several thousand post offices, stations and branches as candidates for closure under proposed rules aimed at speeding up the closure process, a top executive has said. The proposed regulations, published in the Federal Register, aim to cut reviews of potential closures to less than five months. Reviews currently take up to 21 months. More

GAO: Keeping 6-day delivery would mean 'difficult decisions' for USPS
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Without going as far as recommending Congress definitely allow a five-day postal delivery week, the Governmental Accountability Office has warned that failing to allow the plan would mean "difficult decisions" would be needed to cut costs elsewhere in the U.S. Postal Service. More

Postmaster General comments on GAO report on 5-day mail delivery
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In a press release from the U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe noted, "The Government Accountability Office has produced a thorough and comprehensive review of the Postal Service proposal to move to a five-day-per-week delivery schedule. We are pleased to see they agree that the Postal Service is likely to achieve significant cost savings if this change were to be effected and that much of its success depends on how efficiently it is implemented. We agree and believe that having completed a lengthy planning process; we are prepared to make that happen." More

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New postage statements available online
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New postage statements associated with the latest price change are available on As of April 17, all postage statement facsimiles dated prior to January 2011 are obsolete. More

USPS introduces product samples by mail
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The U.S. Postal Service has introduced a new service allowing marketers to send product samples through the U.S. mail. It said sending packages "brimming with food and personal care sample items" would be a proven way for direct mailers to engage with consumers, test new products and generate sales. More

First-of-its-kind contract moves forward
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In a first-of-its-kind contract, the Postal Service and Discover Financial Services have entered into an agreement that will help to retain first-class mail and grow standard mail volume. The agreement with Discover Financial Services provides a rebate for a portion of the postage paid for first-class mail and standard mail as a result of future price increases. To qualify for the rebates, Discover's postage revenues must meet or exceed an established dollar threshold. The full-service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) would also be required for all qualifying mail volume under this program. More

UPS, FedEx form clean fleets partnership
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Express transportation giants UPS and FedEx joined with AT&T, Verizon and Pepsi-Frito Lay in a coalition to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles. More

Deputy postmaster general named
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Ronald A. Stroman will bring more than 30 years of professional experience in government, legislative affairs and leadership to the office of Deputy Postmaster General. Stroman, who most recently served as staff director, Committee on Oversight and Government Relations at the U.S. House of Representatives, will lead all outreach and communications with congressional and mailing industry leaders. More

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