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Universal Postal Service in Major Economies

November 26, 2013 Comments off

Universal Postal Service in Major Economies
Source: U.S. Consumer Postal Council

Faced with a changing global marketplace with new technologies and enhanced world-wide connectivity, postal operators are adapting their business models. Where this often uneven evolution has been successful, it is characterized by three primary strategies: 1) liberalization, 2) diversification of revenue sources and 3) rethinking universal service requirements. These three best practices have allowed the world’s largest national posts to remain both relevant and fiscally solvent despite declining service demands and global economic recession.

Declining mail volume, independent of economic growth, has driven changes in business models. One study noted a 5.6 percent annual decline globally in mail volume since 2009, although declines have been uneven across different markets. The United States Postal Service has observed a 38 percent reduction in single-piece first class mail, its highest-profit offering, over the past five years, forcing lawmakers and the Service’s management to reconsider its business plans and look at universal service obligations from a different perspective.

This report outlines major dynamics and strategies characterizing universal service across the world’s largest postal markets, comprising 96 percent of global postal revenues, and 70 percent of domestic mail volume, with an emphasis on how they can be expected to impact consumers.

Every national post faces unique demands, obligations and challenges — and so there is no “silver bullet” for restoring postal financial stability. Some countries are enacting tighter regulations and fees in response to changing mail trends, while others are relaxing regulations and fees. But as this report demonstrates, the experience of other national posts can inform decisions going forward, so that countries can build on past successes and avoid missteps.

Consumer Postal Council Market Comparison #3: Pieces of Advertising Mail per Person

October 21, 2011 Comments off

Consumer Postal Council Market Comparison #3: Pieces of Advertising Mail per Person (PDF)
Source: U.S. Consumer Postal Council

Does it seem like all you find in your mailbox anymore is junk mail? If you live in Canada, Switzerland, or the United States, then that just might be the case Americans receive the most pieces of advertising mail per person among the countries in the U.S. Consumer Postal Council’s Index of Postal Freedom, nearly twice as much as third-place Canada, according to an analysis of 2008 Universal Postal Union data. In that year, the average American received 320 pieces of advertising mail — more than six per week.

However, according to U.S. Postal Service data, the number of pieces of advertising mail per American has fallen by about 55 pieces since then. Since 2005, advertising mail per person has fallen by more than 20 percent in the United States.

The Swiss receive nearly as much advertising mail as Americans — just 14 pieces per person less. In 2008, Swiss Post delivered 2.3 billion pieces of advertising mail to the nation’s 7.5 million people.

Germans and Canadians also received more than 100 pieces of advertising mail per person.

See: Index of Postal Freedom