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Industry News September 2018

PAPER OK BUT NOT MERCHANDISE?  

The USPS has proposed that all marketing mail that is sent via USPS must be printed matter and no merchandise or goods will be allowed of any type (regardless of value).   The USPS says that the change allows them to “ship the items to mail streams with better end-to-end tracking capability". The alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM) challenged the move claiming the USPS doesn't have the legal authority to regulate what nonprofit companies and fundraisers can put in envelopes. The USPS, in response, basically said not to worry just yet.

UNITED PARCEL SERVICE TO BEGIN SUNDAY PACKAGE DELIVERIES

Teamster negotiators and UPS have reached a handshake deal on a new 5-year contract that would  raise pay for existing workers but also create a new category of lower-paid drivers to handle weekend deliveries  This discussions would become one of the biggest collective bargaining agreements in the US.  The hybrid-driver role would allow UPS, which now delivers on Saturdays in some markets, to start regular Sunday delivery of packages (something the USPS provides for customers such as Amazon).

WALMART AND COSTCO IN PROMO PRODUCT SPACE

Walmart and Costco are now competing with promotional products distributors by offering customizable products directly to consumers.  Walmart has been in the game for a little while now, but Costco has quietly started selling products in the same way Walmart has.  Costco announced on its site that it will now offer personalized items like writing instruments, apparel, bags, drinkware with a production turn time of seven business days.

Sources:  Wall Street Journal, USPS Federal Register, Promo Marketing Magazine