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AN INDUSTRY BUILT ON WORKSHARE: A LOOK BACK The USPS must continue to capitalize on the innovation and partnership that are hallmarks of its workshare program as it navigates the increasingly digital waters. | By Kathleen J. Siviter

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t was July 6, 1976. “Silly Love Songs” and “Afternoon Delight” topped the music charts. Gerald Ford was President. The first class of women was inducted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The Soyuz 21 carried two cosmonauts to the Salyut 5 space station. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 10-7. Steve Jobs was 21 and had recently built a new kind of computer circuit board in his garage, which later that year started a business called Apple… …and the U.S. Postal Service introduced the first ever “workshare” discount

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for presorted First-Class Mail letters sorted in ZIP Code sequence. Fast forward to today’s huge, diverse, and complex mailing industry supply chain. In its 2015 Mailing Industry Jobs Study, the EMA Foundation determined that there were approximately 7.5 million jobs (six percent of the nation’s jobs) and $1.4 trillion in sales revenue (4.6% of total US output) associated with the mailing industry in 2014. A significant segment of these jobs and revenue comes from the mail service provider (MSP) part of the supply chain — from businesses developing software and technology

to support presort, barcoding, and electronic documentation; to those transporting mail in drop-ship programs; to those providing “co” services to improve presort density and drop-ship penetration; to those offering pre- and post-mailing data services around visibility, address quality, and more. HOW DID WE GET HERE? A QUICK HISTORY LESSON… To understand the genesis of workshare, one may need a short history lesson. Luckily, the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has put together wonderful exhibits and

Mailing Systems Technology May/June 2018  

Mailing Systems Technology May/June 2018

Mailing Systems Technology May/June 2018  

Mailing Systems Technology May/June 2018