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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Important Postal News from around the world this week:

1.                  Punch On The Web has reported that "The Postmaster-General, Nigerian Postal Service, Mallam Mori Baba, on Tuesday, said that, contrary to the view that Information Technology, particularly the Internet and mobile phone services, had threatened postal services in the country, it had rather enhanced service efficiency."

2.                  The National Association of Letter Carriers has told its readers that "This morning’s Washington Post has done it again. For the fourth time this year, they have offered an editorial on the Postal Service’s financial problems that is remarkable in its ability to get even the most basic facts wrong. We have corrected the editors in published letters and we have met with the editorial writers. Yet the paper refuses to learn and appears to accept postal management’s bogus talking points with an utter lack of skepticism. These are fundamental failings for so-called journalists. Understanding the financial crisis facing the Postal Service is not easy. But it is not rocket science. Shame on The Washington Post for misleading its readers."

3.                  Hellmail has reported that "The Postal Users’ Group (PUG) and the Free and Fair Post Initiative (FFPI) have been, and continue to be, strong supporters of a fully liberalized market for Postal Services in the European Union but say that users of postal services, as well as postal operators (public and private), are currently left in a difficult position."

4.                  The Guardian has reported that "TNT Post and other private postal groups could quit Britain if Royal Mail is turned from a "public monopoly into a private monopoly" when it is privatised, regulator Ofcom will be warned this week. Nick Wells, chief executive of TNT Post in the UK, said that the government could "fatten up" Royal Mail by bolstering its market position at the expense of its rivals to get a better sale price. The postal services bill, which is going through Parliament, will see the state-owned postal group sold off and will overhaul the regulatory regime governing competition in the postal market."

5.                  Postal Technology International has reported that "DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight forwarder of Deutsche Post DHL, and Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates airline, will partner to drive the e-freight agenda across their networks, to become the industry leaders in implementing it. Both companies recognise the strategic value of e-freight; working in an electronic environment will bring enhanced operational efficiency and improvement to the supply chain."

6.                  Fox News has reported that "The Swiss postal system has pulled the plug on WikiLeaks' bank account in another serious setback for the secret-spilling website that is fighting to stay online. An official with Swiss Post in the Swiss capital of Bern told The Associated Press on Monday that the account under WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's name would be canceled."

7.                  In an open letter to all employees on his first official day in office, PMG Pat Donahoe defines core business strategies that will guide the organization to become “a profitable, nimble Postal Service that competes for customers and has a well-defined and valued role in an increasingly digital world.” Donahoe says the strategies will drive significant change in the organization in the coming days, weeks and months. “We are not going to stray from our core business function — mail and package delivery — but we are going to revitalize the way we approach the marketplace,” he states in the letter.

8.                  Russian Post has reported that its 1st class priority mail service has shown strong growth for the first three quarters of 2010, with priority mail items reaching 9.3m, close to the total for all 4 quarters of 2009 (10.3m) and surpassing 2008 results by 63%. Russian Post also operates its own hybrid mail service for government and commercial organizations engaged in large-scale direct mail.

9.                  The East African has asked: "Will postal firms weather mobile phone onslaught?" "Price wars in the mobile telephony market have been a boon to consumers, resulting in reduced calling rates. But for postal corporations in East Africa, the wars have been costly to their core business. For many years, government-owned mail companies in the region have kept the population in touch through delivery of letters. They have also made huge profits in the process. But all that has since changed. Instant messaging, e-mail, coupled with the slashing of call rates and mobile phone prices, have left letter-writing looking quaint and outdated."

10.              Hellmail has reported that "The CEO of Italiane Poste, Massimo Sarmi, and the Director General of Russian Post, Alexander Kiselev, yesterday signed a trade agreement in the presence of Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev, under which Italy will provide Russian Post Offices Italian skills and expertise for the modernization of 40,000 Russian post offices, the logistics network, and the introduction of online financial services and mobile telephony. The agreement was signed at the Italy-Russia bilateral summit in the Russian city of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea."

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