They've got mail
'They may have cellphones in their pockets, earphones dangling from their heads and computers at home, but recent research shows young consumers still have a thing for the tried-and-true: mail.'
Dallas Morning News
The Smokes Are in the Mail
'Post office lawyers argue further that there is only one sure-fire way to find out whether these rectangular packages coming from Internet tobacco warehouses are cartons of cigarettes - a search warrant, one for each package.' (Curious: window clerks didn't need search warrants to ask whether you were mailing explosives- why can't they ask you about tobacco?) New York Times
Mediation next for supervisors' pay package?
From Postcom.org: Mailer's Council director Robert McLean says that the National Association of Postal Supervisors' rejection of the USPS pay package could lead to 'third-party mediation for the first time since Congress approved legislation allowing for such intervention'.
The NAPS web site continues to carry a notice dated October 18 indicating that the package had been rejected, and was being 'forced on the management organizations'.
UPS Agrees to End Cigarette Deliveries
'Monday's agreement leaves only the U.S. Postal Service among major carriers to continue to deliver cigarettes to individuals, [New York Attorney General] Spitzer said. He called that practice "an embarrassment."' Associated Press
It's Still About Costing
'While customers of the Postal Service are concerned about quality of service, universal service, and the like, the fact remains that if the prices charged for the services received do not compare favorably with other methods of communicating and transacting business, mail will come out on the short end.' Gene Del Polito commentary for Postcom.org
PRC backs overhaul bill
'The Postal Rate Commission sent a letter Wednesday to House Government Reform Chairman Davis and Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., supporting legislation championed by both lawmakers to revamp the Postal Service, countering criticism of the bill by the agency's Board of Governors.' Government Executive