Decision on USPS RFP close at hand

WASHINGTON: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is close to

awarding a year-long contract for a campaign to promote postal reform

and the modernization of public mail services.

The RFP says competition from technological alternatives has created an

'urgent need' to reform the way in which the service operates.

USPS spokesperson Gerry Kreienkimp said: 'The proposals we've received

are in the evaluation stage. No decision has been made yet.'

The USPS has been under intense pressure to reform its operations of

late. Losses this year are projected in the billions - despite a recent

rate hike and another one perhaps on the horizon. One possible solution

floated by Postmaster General William Henderson, who is departing next

month, is the cessation of Saturday delivery.

The Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and its agency of record,

Dittus Communications, have been vocal critics of the USPS and its

efforts to raise rates. Among the solutions proposed by them are layoffs

and the closing of underused facilities.

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