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What’s Happening in the World of Shipping: UPS’ Global Expansion and Selma Post Office’s Tribute
Welcome back to our bi-weekly roundup of what’s going on in the shipping and mailing world. This week, we’re taking a look at how USPS® is looking to revamp its pricing and service flexibilities, new UPS® next-day shipping services around the world and how President Obama and a Selma, Alabama post office are paying tribute to a Civil Rights activist.
The U.S. Postal Service was selected for Federal News Radio’s “Agency of the Month” program in July, and as part of the discussion, USPS chief human resources officer Jeff Williamson outlined his vision for the future of the Postal Service. That vision hinged on four points he’d like to see taken up in postal reform legislation. While two pertained to postal workers themselves, the other focused on the agency’s control over pricing and service flexibilities.
“Right now, we don’t have the latitude to really innovate and offer different types of digital solutions,” Williamson told FNR, noting that being granted greater control on pricing and service flexibility could spark innovation for new products and delivery means, while at the same time keeping rates affordable, costs down and revenue up.
UPS® announced it is adding 50 new countries and territories under the umbrella of its UPS Worldwide Express service. This service guarantees next-day shipping to recipients by 10:30 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. (depending on their location) of the next business day. This global next-day shipping network now spans 117 countries, which, as UPS International President Jim Barber notes, accounts for “nearly 95 percent of the global gross domestic product, and 96 percent of real imports.”
A bill put forth by Selma, Alabama native and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell called to rename the Selma post office after Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist among the protestors who attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge and was beaten in the now-infamous Bloody Sunday debacle. In 1964, Boynton Robison again made history when she ran for Congress, making her the first woman in Alabama to ever run for a seat in the House of Representatives. In 2015, President Obama honored Boynton Robison’s place in history at his State of the Union address, where she sat as a guest; now, this year, the president has taken another step in honoring her legacy by signing Sewell’s bill and officially renaming the Selma post office after Boynton Robison.
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