Trends in Print and Mail

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Trends in Print and Mail - The Top 10 Posts from 2018

Posted by Mark Fallon on Dec 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Just in time to approve the 2019 postal rate increase, the Senate confirmed two members of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors. One of the new governor’s term expired in December, other nominees didn’t even receive a hearing, so the administration will have to resubmit their names in 2019. Postal Legislation is still mired down in subcommittees of both houses.

After one White House report caused an uproar by recommending privatizing the USPS, the long-delayed Task Force report side-stepped that option while providing few other ideas. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has taken no action on their own proposed changes to the rate-making process.

On the industry side, mergers, acquisitions and splits abound, with both equipment and service providers. Cloud-based processing of addresses and documents is becoming more popular, while inkjet printers continue to supplant traditional print technologies. The demand for higher quality and closed-loop reporting has service providers and in-plant managers working to improve their operations.

The only certainty of 2019 is more uncertainty. The new split in Congress will make legislative postal reform more difficult. Technology will continue to disrupt how we create and process documents – inbound and outbound. We plan on discussing those, and other issues in the coming year. If there’s a particular topic you’d like to see covered, drop a line in the comments, or send me an email at

Before we move forward, a look back at the most popular posts of 2018:

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