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Graphic Communications Key Notes Vol. 02 No. 39

What Will the Mail of the Future Look Like? – The PostalVision 2020 Initiative is about Reinventing the American Postal Ecosystem of the Future. Founded in 2010 by John Callan they have been engaging stakeholders from all points on the postal platform and beyond in a critical conversation about what future generations should have in the way of Postal Services in America.  PostalVision 2020 mission is; “to serve as an independent transformative cause that inspires imaginative thinking, stimulates provocative conversation and influences the reinvention of American Postal Services in 2020 and beyond.”  PV 2020 has started a series of articles where they are looking at some wonderful innovations in print that bring new life to hardcopy messaging.  Some of these you may already have seen – but others will surprise you!  [Editors Note:  This is a MUST view.]  Source:  Postal Vision 2020
Coming Soon: An Open Database of Every U.S. AddressThe Transportation Department is in the very early stages of trying to build the first publicly accessible database of the geographical location of every address in the country.  Source:  Fed Scoop
Veritiv to Host 2015 Chicago Paper ShowThe Veritiv (NYSE: VRTV) Chicago Paper Show is the largest graphic design event in the U.S. sponsored by a paper distributor.  The invitation-only show attracts approximately 800 prominent designers and commercial printers from the Greater Chicago area ‒ one of the leading graphic arts markets in the country. The theme of this year’s show is PAPER PERSONA-Discover Yours.  Proceeds from the show admission will benefit Marwen (www.marwen.org), a nationally recognized art education organization, providing free visual art programs to Chicago’s underserved youth in grades 6-12.  Follow the 2015 Veritiv Chicago Paper Show events through Twitter at and Facebook.  Source:  PR Newswire
Fall Mailing Season Update The Postal Service provided the mailing industry an update on their Fall Mailing Season plans.  View the USPS Mailing Industry call here.
Postal Service Could Utilize Driverless Cars in the Future, IG SaysThe Postal Service should look to the future and plan for how it could use self-driving vehicles to cut costs and speed up deliveries, says a Sept. 28 USPS inspector general blog post.  The blog post says analysts expect autonomous vehicle technology to hit the roads in the next few years and that could signal major changes for the shipping and transportation industry and supply chains.  Driverless vehicles could enable automated truck convoys for deliveries to central warehouse locations. The convoys would consist of a driver in a lead truck setting the pace and taking over the steering, acceleration and braking of a line of trucks following closely behind, IG says.  Source:  Fierce Government
USPS Lost $375 Million For August 2015The Postal Service published its unaudited August resultswith the Postal Regulatory Commission. USPS lost $375 million in August 2015.  The Postal Service’s controllable operating net loss for the month was $61 million. Year-to-date, the USPS has a $1.265 billion controllable income.  Source:  PostCom
Seasonal SpikeHoliday shoppers are expected to spend more money online this year, which could translate into another record season for the shipping industry, analysts say.  Consulting firm Deloitte projects online and mail-order holiday sales will grow between 8.5-9 percent. Total holiday sales are expected to exceed $960 billion, a 3.5-4 percent gain.  The Postal Service delivered approximately 524 million packages last December, up 18 percent from one year earlier.  Source:  USPS Link
Mailers Pay $1.25 Million for Bulk Mail Error Missing glue on a bulk mailing will cost several some mailers more than $1 million, a federal judge ruled this week.  In 2014, Sears, along with Segerdahl Graphics and Aspen Marketing Services, sued the United States Postal Service after it disqualified the companies from lower shipping rates on mailers because the mailers were not sealed properly.  The court ruled the companies could have used any of a number of publications the Postal Service provides to the public.  In addition the companies should have relied on warnings the companies received from the agency regarding the proper sealing of mailers in the past.  Source:  Courthouse News

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