Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 05, 2012
Pronto Post, South Florida’s largest direct marketing and product fulfillment company is issuing comment regarding the long awaited U.S. Postal Service reform. "Postal reform is an issue that affects U.S. businesses and individuals in a fundamental way, as the current mail service may be dramatically altered," explains Andrew Diamond, General Manager of Pronto Post. "Businesses that send out invoices, statements and checks, could have their scheduled deliveries altered; affecting these businesses’ cash flow. Direct mailers relying on specific delivery dates might see a dramatic change that would impact the planning of production and the scheduling of delivery of their mail pieces."
The debate in Congress over the future of the United States Postal Service continues and there is a sharp division along political party lines on what is the best course moving forward. The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill by a margin of 63 to 37 to provide a $34 billion bailout. The bill would delay planned reforms that include massive layoffs and post office closings. It also minimizes benefit changes discussed to bring the postal service back from financial disaster.
Senate bill 1789, approved by a Democrat controlled Senate requires employees to contribute more to their pensions and offers buyout and early-retirement incentives for 100,000 postal workers. It could be months before any of the changes become law, and a number of these changes may not make it through the House and the Senate. But there is a feeling, particularly among Republicans, that putting the US Postal Service back in fiscal order will involve more austerity for its workforce.
The US Postal Service is losing $25 million a day, and critics of the Senate bill say it will only make things worse. Former Postal Regulatory Commission official, Robert Cohen, said the Senate bill would exacerbate the Postal Service’s financial problems.
Legislation has been advanced by the House of Representatives aimed at resolving the Postal Service’s financial crisis. H.R. 2309, the Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act, would give the Postal Service the freedom to restructure its network. Taking into account America’s change in its use of mail, the H.R. 2309 mandates that the USPS cut costs. This includes consolidation of excess facilities in a process similar to the military base closures.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe stressed the urgency of the U.S. House of Representatives to act soon on legislation aimed at cutting the Postal Service’s $25 million a day loss.
If the Congress is unable to reach agreement on a Postal Reform Bill the USPS will move forward with its own plan to cut Saturday delivery, delay mail delivery and close hundreds of postal processing plants and post offices, enabling thousands of job cuts nationwide.
"Mail fulfillment companies like Pronto Post have been affected by the growth of digital media including email, notebook computers, tablets and smart phones." Diamond explains. "Mail has also been affected by a long term economic crisis, and mail volume has been trending downward. It is important for companies like Pronto Post and others to have a stable postal system, and for the uncertainty regarding its future to be resolved."
For direct marketing, mail fulfillment, literature fulfillment and product fulfillment services, Pronto Post Inc. can be reached by email at fulfillment(at)prontopost(dot)com, by visiting their website at http://www.prontopost.com, or by calling toll free to (866) 834-2153.