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Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy

Postal and Delivery Innovation in the Digital Economy

Editors: Crew, Michael A., Brennan, Timothy J. (Eds.)

  • Addresses some of the major issues facing postal and delivery services through the world
  • Comprises original essays by prominent researchers in the field of postal economics and policy, selected and edited from papers presented at the 22nd annual Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, held in Frascati, Italy, in June of 2014
  • Presents strategies by which postal and delivery services may address the new reality of the industry and attempt to reinvent themselves in the digital age
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About this book

Worldwide, postal and delivery economics is the subject of considerable interest. The postal industry’s business model is in drastic need of change. Notably, the European Commission and member states are still wrestling with the problems of implementing liberalization of entry into postal markets, addressing digital competition, and maintaining the universal service obligation. In the United States, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 has, perhaps, exacerbated some of the problems faced by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Currently, the USPS has serious financial problems because of difficulties it faces in making changes and the failure of the Act to address problems that have been long-standing. Electronic competition is severe and affects post offices (POs) worldwide, which have been slow to address the threat. This book addresses this new reality and includes discussion of how POs may attempt to reinvent themselves. Parcels and packets will play a major role in developing new business models for postal operators. This book is of use not only to students and researchers interested in the field, but also to postal operators, consulting firms, utilities, regulatory commissions, Federal Government Departments and agencies of the European Union and other countries.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Business Models: Some Implications for USPS

    Crew, Michael A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • E-commerce and the Return of Unwanted Goods: A Case for Cooperation Among Providers of Postal and Non-postal Parcel Services

    Wojtek, Ralf

    Pages 17-29

  • The Concentration Phenomenon in E-commerce

    Borsenberger, Claire

    Pages 31-41

  • Implications of 3D Printing for the United States Postal Service

    Cutting, Samuel T. (et al.)

    Pages 43-54

  • Spam or Ham? Assessing the Value of Direct Mail

    Okholm, Henrik B. (et al.)

    Pages 55-64

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-12874-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-12873-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35574-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postal and Delivery Innovation in the Digital Economy
Editors
  • Michael A. Crew
  • Timothy J. Brennan
Series Title
Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Series Volume
50
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12874-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12874-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12873-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35574-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 336
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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