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USPS Releases Proposed Parcel Standards  Oct 05, 2006 1:49 AM By Mark Del Franco

The U.S. Postal Service has released its proposed mailing standards as part of the rate case introduced on May 3. While much of the focus has been on what the changes will mean to catalog production and circulation

As Congress Adjourns, Postal Reform Stalls  Oct 03, 2006 12:54 AM By Mark Del Franco

Though legislators and mailers worked past midnight on Saturday night–the session adjourned at 12:25 a.m.– an agreement was not reached on a conference bill that resolved the differences between the Senate (S. 662) and House (H.R. 22) postal reform bills.

DMA Escalates War of Words with UPS  Oct 02, 2006 4:23 AM By Mark Del Franco

As the postal reform issue comes down to its waning days in the 109th Congress, the war of words between the Direct Marketing Association and the United Parcel Service grew more heated on Sept. 29, with DMA president/CEO John Greco Jr. issuing a pointed statement:

7 tips for shopping for a shipping consolidator  Oct 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Direct marketers have long relied on shipping consolidators to help them get their packages farther down in the U.S. Postal Service mail stream so that

2006 Benchmark Report INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  Oct 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Here’s an encouraging statistic from Multichannel Merchant’s 2006 Information Technology Systems Benchmark Report: More than 70% of respondents said that

Ay Carrumba! Eleventh-Hour Debate Over Parcel Rates Could Kill Postal Reform  Sep 27, 2006 8:32 PM By Mark Del Franco

As the House and the Senate mull the merits of enacting postal reform, it appears that 11th-hour lobbying efforts brought by private-sector package delivery firms over parcel rates could threaten postal reform, according to Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president of government affairs for the Direct Marketing Association in Washington.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Moving to Greener Pastures  Sep 27, 2006 8:28 PM By Mark Del Franco

Lake Champlain Chocolates in October is moving its packaging, warehousing, and shipping divisions into a building down the street from its Burlington, VT, headquarters. Not only is the new 47,000 sq. ft.- location more than double the size of its old distribution center, it’s also a whole lot greener.

Eleventh-Hour Debate Over Parcel Rates Could Kill Postal Reform  Sep 26, 2006 5:23 AM By Mark Del Franco

As the House and the Senate mull the merits of enacting postal reform, it appears that 11th-hour lobbying efforts brought by private-sector package delivery firms over parcel rates could threaten postal reform,

Some Question PMG’s May 6 Postal Increase Date  Sep 21, 2006 10:36 PM By Mark Del Franco

Speaking in Arlington, TX, at a conference of business mailers on Sept. 20, Postmaster General Jack Potter, said that he expects the new postal rates to take effect on May 6, 2007.

Socially Conscious Fair Indigo Catalog Hits Mailboxes  Sep 21, 2006 1:59 AM By Mark Del Franco

Four former Lands’ End executives have teamed together to create Fair Indigo, a multichannel apparel company with a socially conscious message.

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