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Published:January 6th, 2007 06:54 EST
U.S. Postal Service News

U.S. Postal Service News

By SOP newswire

Quotable Quotes . . . “Thank your mail carrier. Offer your carriers a push if their vehicles get stuck. Offer a cup of hot chocolate, a smile or a word of gratitude.”   — Denver, CO, Rocky Mountain News, during the city’s recent rash of blizzards.

USPS COMMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENT. Several media outlets ran stories claiming that a Presidential signing statement accompanying the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act gives President Bush new authority to open mail without a warrant. In a statement issued this week, USPS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Tom Day said, “As has been the longstanding practice, First-Class Mail is protected from unreasonable search and seizure when in postal custody. Nothing in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act changes this protection. The President is not exerting any new authority.”

TIME MAGAZINE GETS SATURDAY DELIVERY DATE. TIME magazine is shifting its on-sale date from Monday to Friday. That means the typical TIME subscriber will now receive his or her copy in the mail on Saturday instead of the following Tuesday. TIME’s research shows that weekend delivery will allow readers to spend more time with the magazine. “TIME magazine is an important Postal Service customer, and we’re going to make sure we have a smooth transition of their publication to Saturday delivery,” said USPS Senior VP of Operations Bill Galligan.

MAIL MATTERS MORE THAN EVER. The New York Times reports that not long ago, pundits predicted the Internet, and e-mail in particular, would lead to a paperless world and make mail obsolete. In fact, mail is more relevant than ever, according to Pitney Bowes CEO Michael Critelli. The article said the “quintessential mail company” saw its revenue and earnings increase more than 11 percent in 2005, and they continue to climb this year. Critelli said more items are ordered online and fulfilled through the mail. Direct mail also has grown because marketing e-mails often are treated as spam, and the “do not call” law has restricted telemarketers, he said.

SOURCE:  USPS