Royal Mail marks 500th birthday

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516.

As you would expect from any institution that has been around for 500 years, there are a number of significant dates in our history. The knighting of Brian Tuke was the catalyst for the creation of the Royal Mail we know today. Tuke had the influence and authority to establish key post towns across the country and build out a formal postal network.

To celebrate, Royal Mail is working in close partnership with its heritage partner, the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA), to create an online gallery of 500 objects, people and events – www.royalmailgroup.com/500years – telling the story not only of the postal service but also of our contribution to social and political development over the last 500 years.

Read more: Royal Mail celebrates 500 years

Video: Jeremy Corbyn vows to bring Royal Mail back into public ownership

Jeremy Corbyn today vowed to bring the Royal Mail back into public ownership.

The Labour leader made the pledge as he supported posties in North London marking National Postal Workers’ day.

He warned that privatisation threatened workers’ pay and conditions as well as the universal service obligation that guarantees everyone in the UK gets their post delivered for the same price.

“I want to see a publicly-run Royal Mail, with protection for workers and the service.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn vows to bring Royal Mail back into public ownership – Mirror Online

Canada Post’s new community mailboxes frozen shut on Prince Edward Island

Some P.E.I. residents woke up Tuesday morning to find their new community mailboxes frozen shut, because Canada Post wasn’t able to weatherproof them all before temperatures plunged below zero.

“There’s been a lot of people stopped,” said Mary Sharkey, who tried twice — unsuccessfully — to retrieve her mail from a community mailbox on Valdane Avenue in Charlottetown.

“They’re taking their keys, and trying to put them in, and fidgeting, and wondering, what the heck is going on?”​

Residents had been using the boxes for a month without issue — but Monday’s wet conditions combined with frigid temperatures overnight left some customers frozen out.

Read more: Canada Post’s new community mailboxes frozen shut on P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island – CBC News

Don’t be fooled by Canada Post’s headline: the Crown Corporation remains profitable says Union

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is pointing out that Canada Post’s press release is highly misleading, continuing its record of downplaying financial success in order to impose unnecessary cost-cutting measures.

“Looking at the report, for the first three quarters, we see an overall profit of almost $30 million ($28 million). Once again, in 2015, Canada Post is on track to surpass its projections,” said Mike Palecek, National President of CUPW.

The Canada Post news release headline emphasized the $13 million loss for the Canada Post segment. Only much lower down in the release does it mention that the Canada Post Group of Companies reported a profit before tax of $10 million for the third quarter and $28 million for the first three-quarters of 2015.

The post office is a seasonal business, depending heavily on holiday sales for its success. The union cautions Canadians not to be misled by third-quarter results, which are normally lower. In 2014, for example, the fourth quarter generated $185 million in profit, $150 million more than the third quarter profit.

“There is every reason to expect that the Canada Post Group of Companies and the Canada Post segment will both see a much greater overall profit this year once the busy holiday season is factored into its last quarter” said Palecek.

Source: CUPW – 2015-11-20 – “Don’t be fooled by Canada Post’s headline: the Crown Corporation remains profitable,” says Union

Canada Post loses $13M with future of home delivery on hold

After making a profit in the second quarter of the year, Canada Post has reported a loss of $13 million in the third quarter.

In the first nine months of the year, the Crown corporation lost $20 million before tax, a figure that is likely to play into upcoming decisions over door-to-door delivery.

On Oct. 26, after the election of the Liberals, Canada Post put the transition to community mailboxes on hold, saying it will work “collaboratively” with the Government of Canada to determine the best path forward.

The community mailbox program has been controversial because of lack of consultation over where boxes are installed, as well as because of the loss of service to millions of Canadian homes.
Read more: Canada Post loses $13M with future of home delivery on hold – Business – CBC News

Royal Mail PLC Results for the Half Year Ended 27 September 2015

Royal Mail plc (RMG.L) today announced its results for the half year ended 27 September 2015.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results, said:

“Royal Mail is the pre-eminent letters and parcels carrier in the UK. We have delivered a resilient performance in the first half, demonstrating our ability to respond to a competitive trading environment. Continue reading

UK Mail shares plunge after troubled move to new automated plant

UK Mail saw its shares plunge by more than 17.5pc after the company issued a fresh profit warning as its parcel delivery service struggles with a move to a new fully automatic processing facility.

The independent postal services provider said the difficult transition to a new head office and hub from Birmingham to Coventry meant expectations for next year’s financial performance had “softened slightly”.

Source: UK Mail shares plunge after troubled move to new automated plant – Telegraph

Royal Mail expands its national same day network through acquisition of eCourier

Royal Mail plc today announces it has agreed to acquire eCourier, a leading same day delivery company operating mainly in the Greater London area and offering nationwide distribution. The combination of eCourier and Royal Mail Sameday®, Royal Mail’s existing courier business, will create a significant player in the national same day delivery market.

The acquisition of eCourier supports Royal Mail’s strategic objective to enhance its parcel offering, expand its network and capture more value in the fastest growing segments of the UK parcels market. Royal Mail is already a leading player in other key parcels segments like business-to-business and business-to-consumer.

Same day delivery is a premium segment of the parcels market, with an estimated value of over £500 million1, and growing rapidly at around 4-5 per cent per year2. While it is principally a B2B market, the currently modest B2C segment is expanding rapidly, driven by the e-commerce trends and the increasing consumer demand for faster fulfilment.

Royal Mail provides a nationwide same day service through its Royal Mail Sameday®courier services and partner companies, with a limited footprint in London. eCourier generated revenue of approximately £19 million in 2014-153. eCourier’s main shareholder and CEO, Ian Oliver, will remain in role. The financial terms of the transaction are not material in the context of the Royal Mail Group as a whole.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail,said: “Today’s announcement marks another milestone in our strategic objective of increasing our presence in growth areas of the parcels market.Same day deliveries are already one of the fastest growing segments of the UK parcels market.”

APWU: Reported USPS Loss is “Essentially a Fraud”

11/16/2015The Postal Service’s latest financial report, which showed an operating profit of $1.2 billion, is good news, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“The report shows there is absolutely no justification for cuts in service to the American people or to the wages and benefits of postal employees,” he said. The Postal Service released the report for fiscal year 2015, which ran from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015, on Nov. 13.

The results mark the second consecutive year the USPS posted an operating profit of more than $1 billion and the third consecutive year Postal Service operations were “in the black.”

The positive financial report is the result of an improving economy and a sharp increase in package volume, Dimondstein noted. “I often say that the Internet taketh and the Internet giveth. First-class mail has declined, but online shopping has triggered an explosion in package volume.” In 2015, package volume increased by more than 11 percent over the previous year.

The Postal Service continues to show a net loss of $5.1 billion, “but that’s essentially a fraud,” Dimondstein said. “The entire loss was the result of a 2006 law that forces the Postal Service to pre-fund health care benefits for future retirees 75 years in advance,” he said. The Postal Service is the only entity – private or public – that is required to pre-fund benefits in this fashion.

The financial results bode well for the Postal Service and should give added momentum to efforts to developed postal reform legislation that will satisfy workers, customers and major mailers, Dimondstein said.

Canada Post suspends cluster box conversions

One of the issues the Liberal Party ran on in last week’s Canadaian parliamentary elections was Canada Post’s move to end home mail delivery. In light of the Conservative Government’s crushing defeat, Canada Post has suspended further cluster box conversions. The Crown Corporation released this statement today:

OTTAWA (Ont.) – Canada Post is temporarily suspending future deployment of the program to convert door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes. We will work collaboratively with the Government of Canada to determine the best path forward given the ongoing challenges faced by the Canadian postal system.

canada-post-community-mailboxEfforts are now underway to place the comprehensive program on hold in an orderly fashion. This involves roughly 460,000 addresses across the country which are currently in the process to be converted to community mailboxes.

As a result, all conversions planned for November and December 2015 and those announced for 2016 will be placed on hold. Customers impacted by this decision will receive a letter within the next few weeks advising them of the status of their mail delivery service.

In neighbourhoods where the 10-month internal and community conversion process is complete, customers will collect mail and parcels at their community mailbox. This includes customers set to begin receiving their mail and parcels in their boxes in October. We remain focused on maintaining reliable postal service to all Canadians without disruption.