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US Postal Solutions proudly welcomes our newest client Hub at Oxford

US Postal Solutions, Inc. – Student Housing Mail Delivery & Package Management Software – welcomes our newest client Hub at Oxford, beginning August 23, 2013. We are proud to announce additional student housing mail delivery management, and package management & asset / inventory management software services for Core Campus. The Hub at Oxford is a 582-bed off-campus student housing apartment community located near the Ole Miss in Oxford, MS.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management services, inventory / asset tracking software, and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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US Postal Solutions is proud to welcome our newest client 2400 Neuces (Austin, TX)

US Postal Solutions, Inc. – Student Housing Mail Delivery & Package Management Software – welcomes our newest client 2400 Neuces, beginning August 13, 2013. We are proud to announce additional student housing mail delivery management and package management software services for EdR. 2400 Neuces is a 655-bed off-campus student housing apartment community located near the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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US Postal Solutions proudly welcomes our newest client The Cadence

US Postal Solutions, Inc. – Student Housing Mail Delivery & Package Management Software – welcomes our newest client The Cadence, beginning August 21, 2013. We are proud to announce student housing mail delivery management and package management software services for The Capstone Companies. The Cadence is a 456-bed off-campus student housing apartment community located near the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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US Postal Solutions Shows Strong Growth in New and Existing Markets

Seeing GrowthAfter an adventure to Minneapolis, MN for the 2013 ACUHO-i Annual Conference, US Postal Solutions is booming with activity. The fall semester is about to get started with Mail Managers across the nation preparing for the swarm of new and returning students moving in to student housing properties coast-to-coast, from the Sunshine State of Florida to the Golden State of California.

With new properties popping up all over the place, the company is showing strong growth in new markets and expanding in existing markets as second and third phases are completed. The introduction of PackageLog, an innovation in inbound package management, continues to open avenues of activity for both on-campus and off-campus housing.

Since Craig Meddin was appointed President and CEO in December of 2011, US Postal Solutions (mail delivery management services) has grown 31.5%, servicing over 40,000 beds as of August 1, 2013.  Current activity suggests that this growth is not a temporary or short-lived bump on the growth scale, but a continuing inevitability. The future looks promising and Craig’s leadership will be necessary to ensure that the company continues to meet and surpass its already high-standards of service to its existing and prospective clients in every market across the country. 

The development of the subsidiary USPSI Online, the software-as-a-service model that currently includes PackageLog and TrackItLog, is poised for growth as the team expands to meet growing demand. The software products currently available have received rave reviews as the development team continues to update and upgrade service capability. With additional software products on the horizon, US Postal Solutions and its subsidiaries are expected to increase service options for existing clients and continue to expand nationally and internationally.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services, package logging / package management software, and online asset tracking software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Where Does Mail Delivery Fit In The University Budget Discussion

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Sign of the Times

Is it a sign of the times when a major university decides that they will no longer accept snail-mail? The University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) announced last year that they will no longer be handling physical mail on-campus. The only option available for receiving snail-mail will be to rent a private mailbox at the University Center for $100 per year. Though they have opted to continue receiving packages and parcels on behalf of students. Universities across the nation are looking for creative ways to save money and UTSA has decided that mail is the line item cut from the university’s budget. Will this be a trend?

Arguments For and Against

There are outcries from parents and students alike, but the truth is US Mail is on the decline by about 25% since  2006. With email and social media dominating communications, an old-fashioned letter seems almost archaic. So are these universities in the right to consider ridding themselves of mail service all together? The flip-side of the argument is that while snail-mail is generally down, package deliveries are up. 85% of internet users shop online, which translates to about 2 billion people. That means lots of packages being delivered, with parents buying their college-bound children supplies and technology, and students buying things like furniture, shoes, and clothing. According to a US Postal Solutions Study, the average student receives about 21 packages per year. Multiply that times the number of students living on-campus and see how many packages you can expect to manage. Each with substantially higher values than letters with the university liable for damages, loss, and theft.

Are There Alternatives?

If universities are going to relinquish responsibility for mail service, it may be in their best interest to consider outsourcing the service and finding a way to generate revenue in the process. This would resolve any budgeting issue that may exist, while providing a revenue stream for the university. Universities everywhere are looking for  areas in their budgets to cut and it looks like mail could be the next culprit. A recognized expert like US Postal Solutions can assist with assessing this scenario and finding a solution that would best serve the university.

If you have anything you would like to add or an experience you would like to share, please comment below.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Outsourcing Services Expand In University Budgets Allowing For A Re-Focus Toward Academic Work

In previous posts there has been some mild discussion of a trend in higher education to outsource services, but according to The Guardian, London Metropolitan University is outsourcing most of its services to a private firm, except academic faculty.  The idea is that university staff should be focused on academic work and not on things like food service and mail management. This is not a novel concept as many of the services on a university campus is outsourced like waste management, most food service, copy service, even the classic university book store is run by a third-party vendor on most campuses. 

If you look at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities report, Policy Matters, its evident that institutions are increasingly finding “public-private partnerships to help develop online and specialized degree programs in a timely and cost-effective manner.” This emphasizes the role of outsourcing practices in higher education and its impact to the bottom line and more importantly the universities’ role to educate its students. By creating public-private partnerships, universities are able to streamline service focus to their most important constituants, the student body. It only makes sense, if this is approached from a business perpective. Instead of trying to provide all services to everyone, a university can now focus on its primary service to its primary market. This is just a good business practice.

Having established public-private partnerships with universities across the nation, US Postal Solutions has worked to resolve mail management challenges that were ineffectively servicing the student body and bogging down university resources. As the leader in student housing mail management services, the company is a perfect example of how public-private partnerships resolve some of the challenges seen by universities trying to provide all services to everyone.  

If you have anything you would like to add or an experience you would like to share, please comment below.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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US Postal Solutions welcomes our newest client The Continuum

US Postal Solutions, Inc. – The Student Housing Mail Delivery Management Experts! -  welcomes our newest client, The Continuum (A Provident Community for University of Florida Graduate Students). The Continuum is a 571-bed community located in Gainesville, FL managed by The Capstone Companies near the University of Florida. Mail delivery management services began November 30, 2012.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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US Postal Solutions to Sponsor NCFAA Speaker and Lunch Meeting

US Postal Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will sponsor in conjunction with the North Central Florida Apartment Association (NCFAA), a Fair Housing training program (3 CECs) offered by national speaker Nan Cavarretta on October 18, 2012 at 9:00AM – 12:00PM in Gainesville, FL.

US Postal Solutions sponsorship includes the three-hour Fair Housing training program and admission to the NCFAA monthly lunch meeting. US Postal Solutions is pleased to extend one-complimentary admission to the Fair Housing training program and lunch meeting for each local service-client.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Help Bridge the USPS’ Generation Gap

A recent public opinion poll by The New York Times and CBS revealed that only three in 10 people under age 45 say they use the mail “all the time.” As younger generations continue to use the Internet to connect with their friends and family, USPS worries about its long-term future if it is not currently playing a role in the daily lives of young Americans. USPS is turning to the Internet to ask for suggestions on how to reach a younger audience and have supplied a few questions to start the brainstorming process:

  • What do you think is the best way for the Postal Service to serve a younger demographic?
  • Should it attempt to promote its traditional products to younger Americans and tout the benefits of hard copy as a complement or supplement to digital?
  • Should the Postal Service instead focus on expanding its digital offerings?
  • Is there another strategy?

Join the conversation on the US Postal Service Inspector General’s blog,Pushing the Envelope.”

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Postal Service leaving University of Alabama, school does not renew lease

The University of Alabama (UA) does not plan to renew the U.S. Postal Service’s lease in the Ferguson Center (student center), forcing the USPS to leave the campus at the end of the next school year, expiring February 2013. UA plans to continue to offer a mail distribution center on campus, final details/information remain uncertain.

UA has extended the Postal Service’s lease until May 2013, while a program to distribute mail is formalized.

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US Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The US Postal Solutions, Inc. companies offer mail delivery management, delivery services and package logging / package management software. For more information regarding US Postal Solutions, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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