This past week, Patrick Barnard wrote an interesting piece in Multichannel Merchant about how small parcel shippers are taking the brunt of USPS price increases. The USPS introduced shaped based postage back in May of 2007. In May of 2008, the post office increased prices again with another dramatic increase for parcel shippers. Once again, the May 2009 price increases target companies mailing small, light weight packages. Standard mail parcels will increase roughly 16%. When will the rates stabilize for small parcel shippers? Good question.
Coming off a dismal first quarterly (Oct – Dec) earnings report where losses exceeded $380 million, should the USPS focus on maintaining revenue or maintaining mail volume, or is there a balance?
by Bob Makofsky