Pitney Bowes Inc. Statement on National Academy of Public Administration’s
Review of the “Hybrid Public-Private Postal Service” Concept Paper
Can Postal Reform Help Keep the Mail Trucks Full?
Independent Review Suggests that “Last Mile” Postal Reform Concept is Worthy
of Consideration as Part of Comprehensive Postal Reform
STAMFORD, Conn. -- March 14, 2013
In a report released today, the National Academy of Public Administration
(NAPA) reviewed the potential for a “Hybrid Public-Private Postal Service”
that was outlined in a concept paper earlier this year by a coalition of four
long time postal policy leaders. The Academy report on the paper by John
Nolan, George Gould, Ed Gleiman and Ed Hudgins provides a helpful analysis of
one very promising long term option to secure affordable and universal postal
delivery service in the U.S. The panel indicated that several reforms to the
Postal Service are needed, but that this concept is worthy of consideration as
a part of a comprehensive reform package.
We agree with the NAPA panel that the public wants--and our economy
desperately needs--a healthy, universal, affordable and reliable postal
system. Hundreds of thousands of jobs and almost a trillion dollars in
commerce depend on it.
Like the panel, Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) believes that the financial relief
and operational flexibility requested by the US Postal Service are critical to
its short term stability. We also believe that significant structural reform
such as the “final mile” delivery model proposed by the authors of the concept
paper should be considered as part of any postal reform package by Congress,
and provides a promising way to help ensure the long term future of affordable
universal mail delivery service in the U.S.
The “final mile delivery” model proposed in the white paper has the potential
not only to protect, but also to strengthen, the nation’s only universal
door-to-door delivery service by unleashing the creative energy of American
business to find significant opportunities to increase mail volume, control
costs and enhance services for rural, suburban and urban areas.
By concentrating on its strength in delivery, and charging only for that
service, the Postal Service will encourage increased use of commercial
providers to collect, transport and sort the mail, create a private sector
market for mail use, and encourage development of new products and services
that can help sustain universal delivery service well into the future.
We are confident that, when coupled with the reforms requested by the Postal
Service, the long term structural changes outlined in the hybrid
public-private postal system concept paper reviewed by the National Academy of
Public Administration would go a long way toward ensuring a healthy future for
the Postal Service and the mailing industry it supports.
Pitney Bowes is a strong proponent of policy research to help protect and
improve our nation’s postal system. The policy review by the National Academy
of Public Administration was made possible, in part, by a contribution from
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms
that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue. The
company’s solutions for financial services, insurance, healthcare,
telecommunications, legal, public sector and retail organizations are
delivered on open platforms to best organize, analyze and apply both public
and proprietary data to two-way customer communications. Pitney Bowes is the
only firm that includes direct mail, transactional mail, call centers and
in-store technologies in its solution mix along with digital channels such as
the Web, email, live chat and mobile applications. Pitney Bowes has
approximately USD$5 billion in annual revenues and 27,000 employees worldwide.
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Matt Broder, 203-351-6347
VP, External Communications
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