Rounding up the biggest stories of the week on the pages of Post&Parcel, with USPS making a surprise announcement on Saturday deliveries, and the changing face of UK e-commerce delivery.
Saturday delivery for US mail other than packages will end in the week of August 5th, 2013, the US Postal Service announced this week.
The surprise move came without Congress approving the measure, with many suggesting USPS did not have the power to move to five-day-a-week mail delivery.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said he didn’t believe it was legal for the US Postal Service plan to abandon Saturday deliveries, and suggested that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe had “damaged his reputation” in announcing the plan.
E-commerce retail body IMRG suggested this week that home delivery parcel volumes in the UK could level off by 2015, owing to the increasing popularity of alternative delivery points.
The bold forecast came as UPS announced a new network of parcel shops in the UK, extending its Kiala business as acquired last year, under the new brand UPS Access Point.
And, Polish company InPost is now launching its automated self-service parcel locker terminals in the UK, with plans to install 2,000 by the end of this year.
Parcel carrier DPD launched a new “game-changing” international business-to-consumer delivery service out of the UK.
The DPD Direct service is geared particularly towards e-commerce merchants looking to sell into 12 of the largest markets overseas, including the USA, Australia and continental Europe.
It said the new international service would aim to cut the cost of cross-border delivery, but also make it easier.