The changing postal and delivery sector : towards a renaissance
Title: The changing postal and delivery sector : towards a renaissance
Citation: Cham : Springer, 2017
ISBN: 9783319460451; 9783319460468
This book addresses some of the major issues facing postal and delivery services throughout the world. Postal operators worldwide have been slow to address the threats from and opportunities created by electronic competition. The European Commission and member states are wrestling with these issues, while at the same time continuing to deal with the interrelated issues of implementing entry into postal markets and maintaining the universal service obligation. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. exacerbated financial and managerial problems faced by USPS that result in part from electronic substitution for letter delivery. Comprised of original essays by prominent researchers in the field, this book addresses the new reality of the postal industry and proposes ways in which postal operators might reinvent themselves. Issues discussed include cross-border parcel delivery, e-commerce, the transformation of postal networks, and the effects of postal liberalization. This book will be of interest to postal operators, regulatory commissions, consulting firms, competitors and customers, experts in the postal economics, law, and business, and those charged with the responsibility for designing and implementing postal sector policies. Researchers in regulatory economics, transportation technology, and industrial organization will also find useful information in this volume.
Table of Contents:
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act After 10 Years—Some Proposals for Reform, Michael Crew (et al.) -- Lessons from the Postal Sector to Telecommunications and Vice Versa, Pier Luigi Parcu (et al.) -- E-Substitution and the Demand for Business Mail in the UK: Trends and Prospects, Frank Rodriguez (et al.) -- An Examination of the Links Between Postal Price Constraints, Efficiency, Competition and Public Welfare, Philippe Donder (et al.) -- The Personalization and Volume Trade-Off: A Future Without Saturation Mail?, Michael D. Bradley (et al.) -- An Economic Perspective on Terminal Dues, Henrik Ballebye Okholm (et al.) -- A Case Study of Density of Retail Outlets in Portugal: Regulation and Politics in Postal Markets, João Confraria (et al.) -- Minimum Wages in the Award of Public Contracts After RegioPost, Alessandra Fratini -- Protecting Consumers Using Postal and E-Commerce Delivery Services in Competitive European Markets, John Hearn -- E-Commerce in Europe: Parcel Delivery Prices in a Digital Single Market, J. Scott Marcus (et al.) -- U.S. Postal Markets and Delivery Liberalization: A Simulation Approach, Margaret M. Cigno (et al.) -- The Sharing Economy and the “Uberization” Phenomenon: What Impacts on the Economy in General and for the Delivery Operators in Particular? Claire Borsenberger -- Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities for Postal Financial Services, Christian Jaag (et al.) -- Digital Identities: A Good Move for Postal Operators, Claire Borsenberger (et al.) -- The Digital Future of the Printed Publishing Material and the Impact on the Postal Sector, Simona Romito (et al.) -- Econometric Benchmarking of Delivery and Processing Costs in the UK Postal Sector, Helen Ferguson (et al.) -- Changes to the Universal Service: Influencing Factors, Impacts and Regulatory Implications, Steven Cape (et al.) -- Mail Composition and Recipients’ Reaction to Direct Mail, Thomas Geissmann (et al.) -- The Total Price of Mail: A Consumer Perspective, Benjamin Gough (et al.) -- The Challenge of Designing Access to the Postal Network: An Economics Perspective, Henrik Ballebye Okholm (et al.) -- Should the Postal Sector Change Its Social Model to Succeed in Its Transformation?, Dominique Bailly (et al.) -- Is the Universal Postal Union Still Relevant?, Emmanuel Vivet (et al.)
Result of the 24th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, held on May 18–21, 2016 at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the EUI