The Postal Pundit

Ed Mayhew worked for the Postal Service for 37 years, becoming one of the most recognized experts on periodicals mail in the country. Ed was a part of the Rates and Classification Service Center (RCSC), ending his career as a Classification Specialist in the New Pricing and Classification Service Center in New York City. He has written rulings, instructions and articles for postal publications, appeared as an expert witness in court, a rebuttal witness for the Postal service at the Postal Rate Commission, co-authored postal handbooks and applications, and was the RCSC coordinator for six postage rate cases.

He is the 2002 winner of the Angelo R. Venizian award for contributions to the publishing industry, the first postal winner of that award in its history.

Ed has made training videos appearing on radio and TV, speaks at numerous seminars and is an 11-time top National Postal Forum speaker. He is founder and president of consultancy Eddie Mayhew’s Classification Station. Contact Ed at 973-462-5662, E-Mail at or Twitter @eddiemclass.

The entire Eastern seaboard, but now mostly New York and New Jersey, has been struggling through the aftermath of Sandy, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the country. At one point 8 million people were without power and the flooding reached into Manhattan as far up as 23rd Street. More than 50,000 families remain homeless and the process of demolishing between 200 and 500 homes on the coast is set to begin.

April is here and we now know that March madness was more than just basketball.

Part of the madness is the belief in some circles that everything regarding the mailing industry and the Postal service will resolve itself, negating the need for legislative relief and a change in the way mail moves.

It is less than two months into the new year and the migraine headaches are already beginning for most of us. Our view of the near future, rather than being clear and sharply focused, is still blurry and uncertain. There is no argument that the Postal Service is in dire financial straits. There is no argument that something needs to be done.

Now that the Postal Service is showing the level of desperation that only a company typically in its death throes would show, just maybe the powers that be will act with some level of expediency.

Various elements of the Postal Service haven’t yet realized how serious the situation is for the future of the mailing industry that depends on them.

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