Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy

Commercialization of Postal and Delivery Services: National and International Perspectives

Editors: Crew, Michael A., Kleindorfer, Paul R. (Eds.)

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xiii • We have almost the cheapest letter price in the OEeD. • We've quadrupled the retail outlets where you can buy stamps, but closed three quarters of our Post Offices. On time delivery is better than 97%. • The workforce has been reduced by 40%, with a 25% increase in volumes over the period. Real unit costs, measured by total real expenditure divided by total volumes, have been reduced by over 20%. What do these results and achievements mean for policy setters around the world? In particular, do these results for New Zealand Post prove that it is a commercial business, and what are the lessons for other postal businesses? Market Forces New Zealand Post presently has a limited letter monopoly, a 45 cent letter price against an 80 cent competitive floor price. The existence of this level of protection somehow negates the company's commercial achievements. The combination of high efficiency and low prices cannot persuade everyone that the results are not my view, are the only ones that can solely monopoly driven. Market forces, in answer my question: is New Zealand Post a commercial organization? We need the test offree and open competition to see whether we've got the business formula right. Before advancing this argument, which in essence is the case for deregulation, it may be useful to distinguish between market behavior and Post behavior.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • A Review of Efforts to Develop a New Policy Framework for Postal Services in the European Union

    Pages 1-25

    Campbell, James I., Jr.

  • Deregulation of Australia’s Postal Services

    Pages 27-44

    Castro, Maurice C.

  • The Application of Legal Safeguards Against Predation to the Postal Services Industry

    Pages 45-65

    Kovacic, William E.

  • Measuring the Performance of the Public Postal Service Provider in Germany

    Pages 67-78

    Hofmann, Heinz

  • Measuring Quality of Service of International Mail

    Pages 79-91

    Grzesiak, Thomas (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Commercialization of Postal and Delivery Services: National and International Perspectives
Editors
  • Michael A. Crew
  • Paul R. Kleindorfer
Series Title
Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Series Volume
19
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-2784-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-2784-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-9514-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6203-6
Series ISSN
2730-7468
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 284
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