COMMUNITY PAPERS PRESS POSTAL SERVICE.A leading expert on newspaper mailing and postal issues testified before a presidential commission recently that while community papers don't oppose the principle of negotiated agreements -- where mailers guarantee a specific number of pieces sent though the U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs. and therefore receive discounts -- they do oppose volume-based discounts.
"We believe these are dangerous tools in a statutory monopoly and that they will undermine public faith in the Postal Service's ultimate mission of universal service," Max Heath testified before the President's Commission on the United States Postal Service The President's Commission on the United States Postal Service was a Presidential Commission formed by United States President George W. Bush on December 11, 2002, through the Executive Order 13278. References
1. on May 28. Heath is the vice president for circulation and postal affairs at Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. of Shelbyville, Ky., and is the chair of the postal committee of the National Newspaper Association (NNA NNA National Notary Association (Chatsworth, California)
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Last year the Postal Service postal service, arrangements made by a government for the transmission of letters, packages, and periodicals, and for related services. Early courier systems for government use were organized in the Persian Empire under Cyrus, in the Roman Empire, and in medieval struck a Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA NSA
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Impossible to repair, rectify, or amend: irreparable harm; irreparable damages.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin damage the advertising markets that support the news we publish."
In addition to his concerns about volume discounts, Heath told the commission that he did not think that USPS (1) (Uninterruptible Switching Power Supply) A power supply for a computer that contains its own battery and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) circuitry. See power supply and UPS. plans to move carrier-route sorted mail from entry into the mail stream at local offices to central, automated plants would benefit publishers.
"What really frightens me is the notion that automated sorting may force newspapers to cease to handle their own carrier route, walk-sequenced sorting, and their own delivery to local units, and to send all of the mail, unsorted, upstream in a large mix for automated processing," Heath testified.
The Kentucky newspaper executive urged the commission to recommend that newspapers be allowed to continue to provide sorted mail to their local offices and that the USPS be directed to develop "effective sorting machinery" that can handle newspapers for papers that are mailed outside of their counties.
In addition, Heath told the commission that the Postal Service has a set of standard operating plans to handle periodical periodical, a publication that is issued regularly. It is distinguished from the newspaper in format in that its pages are smaller and are usually bound, and it is published at weekly, monthly, quarterly, or other intervals, rather than daily. mail that, though efficient, have not been adopted at all USPS facilities.
Heath said that he doesn't understand why USPS senior management has been unable to require the use of the periodical standard operating plan (SOP). "But I strongly suspect that if it were uniformly put into place, a number of other problems would melt away including, I would hope, some of the costs that inevitably arise when SOPs are set aside, and loss of periodicals volume," he said.
While mail circulation is only a small part of a metropolitan daily's distribution, smaller dailies and weeklies depend almost exclusively on the Postal Service to get their newspapers to readers. The modern USPS has never particularly liked dealing with newspapers -- they're oversized o·ver·size
1. A size that is larger than usual.
2. An oversize article or object.
adj. o·ver·size also o·ver·sized
Larger in size than usual or necessary. -- and it is only through the efforts of executives like Heath that papers haven't been bumped down even lower on the USPS totem pole totem pole
Carved and painted vertical log, constructed by many Northwest Coast Indian peoples. The poles display mythological images, usually animal spirits, whose significance is their association with the lineage. Each figure represents a type of family crest. .