More than 40 million Americans change their address each year, which means the U.S. Postal Service forwards an awful lot of mail. In fiscal year 2010, it forwarded 1.2 billion pieces. Under the Postal Service’s regulations, customers who fill out a change of address form have their mail forwarded to their new address for 12 months after the move. Mail forwarding costs the Postal Service almost $300 million a year. The cost to return mail to sender is another $800 million.
As the post that handles almost half of the world’s mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service knows a thing or two about mail. But that doesn’t mean it can’t learn something from other posts.
Although the Postal Service differs in many respects from other posts, many of the regulatory...Read More