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NPF 2016: Planning for a Productive Week

Posted by Mark Fallon on Mar 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The postage rate rollback. Rumors of restarting the network consolidation plan. Invoices based on the Mailer Scorecard. These are just a few of the issues attendees will be discussing at the upcoming National Postal Forum (NPF), March 20 – 23, 2016 in Nashville, TN.

The most anticipated moment of the NPF is when Postmaster General (PMG) Megan Brennan delivers the keynote address to the attendees on Monday morning. It will be interesting to hear her take on the continual financial and operational issues facing the USPS, and the lack of congressional action to fix the problem. PMG Brennan has been straightforward with mailers in the past, and we expect the same next week. We also look forward to the opportunity to ask direct questions to her and her leadership team. And receive direct answers.

For us, the NPF will start on Saturday, as we’ll be part of the crew working on the Habitat for Humanity project. Volunteers will be putting up trim, installing doors and painting. It will be a great way to give back to the Nashville community.  (Note: If you didn’t pre-register, but still want to participate, contact Mark directly.)
Based on direct mail pieces received lately, there will be new and returning vendors in the exhibit hall. We’ve already set up meetings with several software, hardware and service providers. The schedule will be tight, but a good plan will help us gather the information we need.

Information and education are the focus of the educational sessions. This year, Mark Fallon, President of The Berkshire Company, will be presenting 5 classes:

  • Sunday, Period 1 – “You Don’t Need to Be a Supervisor to be a Leader”
  • Sunday, Period 6 – “Quality Control in Mail Center Operations
  • Monday, Period 7 – “Boot Camp for Mail Center Managers (1)
  • Tuesday, Period 13 – “Boot Camp for Mail Center Managers (2)
  • Wednesday, Period 15 – PCC Bootcamp – Education (Panel)

It’s shaping up to be an eventful conference. We’re looking forward to an interesting, interactive and productive week at NPF 2016. Hope to see you there!

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