June 3, 2013 (RARC-WP-13-010)

The explosion of e-commerce parcels flooding postal networks is just one symptom of a confluence of forces characterized by increasing globalization, the expanding digital revolution, and changes in manufacturing and transportation. Together, these forces are transforming the global logistics market, altering hundreds of years of traditional commerce, and resulting in major implications for postal operators.

In its white paper, The Global Logistics Revolution: A Pivotal Moment for the Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) calls this rapidly changing environment the Global Logistics Revolution. The revolution is fundamentally changing how, when, and where goods are produced, purchased, and delivered. The OIG’s white paper highlights the forces and trends fueling the revolution, and examines the implications and opportunities for the Postal Service to meet the changing needs of citizens and commerce through value-added logistics. As the Global Logistics Revolution continues to alter many aspects of today’s economy, this paper is intended to be a first look at what it means for the Postal Service.

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