Posted on October 18th, 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that looked at the current terminal dues system, changes that will come in 2018, and the possible effects on various stakeholders.

From the opening of the report:
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, created the terminal dues system so that designated postal operators in member countries could compensate designated postal operators in other countries for delivering mail in those countries. GAO found that it is not possible to quantify the financial effects of the terminal dues system on various U.S. mail stakeholders because the data needed to conduct such an analysis are not readily available. However, stakeholders GAO spoke with and literature GAO reviewed described differing impacts of the terminal dues system on U.S. stakeholders. 


https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687725.pdf



Posted on October 17th, 2017

​The 2017 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper™ survey reveals a changing retail landscape where online shoppers purchase more from international retailers, shop more on mobile devices and rely more on marketplaces. Volume 4 in this series zooms in on “The Savvy Shoppers,” and highlights these findings, of interest to etailers and shippers:
 
Open to small and large retailers. A new breed of shopper values both small merchants and large marketplaces. These shoppers have honed their shopping skills to find the best prices from every corner of the world.
 
Looking for something unique
. Six percent of respondents said they shop at small retailers because they offer unique products, and six percent of those who have purchased from an international retailer say they did so to find unique products not found in the United States
 
Ready to compare prices. Most shoppers believe that a better price can be found with a little time and the aid of a smartphone. In fact, a majority of mobile device users, especially millennials, report comparing prices and searching for retailer coupons in order to secure a better price.
 
Shipping still matters. The importance of free shipping options at checkout has declined three points since 2015, from 77 percent to 74 percent. However, 79 percent of shoppers report that shipping fees are important during the product search and selection process. Over half of shoppers abandoned their carts because shipping costs made the total purchase more than expected.
 
Signing up for membership. The percentage of online shoppers who have joined one or more membership programs is at its highest level in three years, up from 45 percent in 2015 to 65 percent in 2017. More than eight in 10 online shoppers indicated free shipping is an appealing element of a membership rewards program.
 
The full text of Volume 4: The Savvy Shoppers can be found here.

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Please see the following message received from the UPU concerning Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten:

From: UPU.EmIS
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00 PM
Subject: EmIS 96/2017 – Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten – Resumption of international mail forwarding
Importance: High

The Secretariat of the Caribbean Postal Union (CPU), on behalf of the designated operators of Anguilla (Anguilla Postal Service), the British Virgin Islands (BVI Post) and Sint Maarten (Sint Maarten Postal Service), asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that, following the recent disruption caused by hurricanes in the region, mail can now once again be forwarded to:
–          the British Virgin Islands;
–          Sint Maarten;
–          Anguilla (via Sint Maarten).

The CPU Secretariat, on behalf of the designated operators of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten, thanks all designated operators for their patience over the past few weeks.

Posted on October 17th, 2017

Please see the following update received from the UPU concerning Costa Rica:

From: UPU.EmIS
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 3:20 AM
Subject: EmIS 97/2017 – Costa Rica – Partial resumption of postal services
Importance: High

Further to EmIS 89/2017, the designated operator of Costa Rica, Correos de Costa Rica, wishes to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that postal services have been restored in much of the country after Tropical Storm Nate; however, in some offices, operations have resumed at reduced capacity, leading to potential delivery delays for letters, parcels and EMS items.

The postal codes corresponding to the offices with reduced capacity are as follows: 10309, 10312, 10601, 10603–10606, 11901, 11905, 11910, 11911, 30107, 30803, 50204, 50303, 50304, 50306, 50501, 50502, 50702, 50703, 50801–50805, 60102, 60103, 60103, 60106, 60109, 60111, 60114, 60115, 60116, 60204, 60205, 60301, 60303, 60304, 60306, 60308, 60401, 60402, 60402, 60403, 60502, 60601, 60603, 60702, 60901 and 61101.

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

From: UPU.EmIS
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 5:42 AM
Subject: EmIS 81/2017 – Dominica – Hurricane Maria
Importance: High
 
The Secretariat of the Caribbean Postal Union (CPU), on behalf of the designated operator of Dominica, the Dominica Postal Service, asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that all postal services have been suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
 
As reported by the Prime Minister, many buildings, private and public, including the main general hospital and those serving as hurricane shelters, were compromised.   There is no communication with the communities outside of the capital Roseau, but people who have walked into the capital from outlying areas report that all homes have been destroyed.  There is no electricity, running water, or telecommunication services.  There is an urgent need for tarpaulins and other relief supplies.
 
The CPU Secretariat, on behalf of the Dominica Postal Service, thanks all designated operators for their understanding. It will inform them via EmIS as soon as the situation returns to normal.