IMAG Issues Press Release on August Price Changes

Contact: Kate Muth Telephone: 703-867-7002 Email: Website: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2017 Outbound International Mailers Brace for Mid-Year Price Increase Arlington, VA, July 12, 2017 —The International Mailers’ Advisory Group (IMAG), the premier representative of the U.S. international mailing sector, is telling outbound international mailers to prepare for a significant mid-August price increase that was not part of 2017 budgets. The price changes will affect two outbound international mail products offered by the U.S. Postal Service: International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL). Both ar

UPU and IPC Agree to Enhance Cooperation on Postal Development

First posted on July 6, 2017 The Universal Postal Union (UPU) and International Post Corporation (IPC) have agreed to enhance their cooperation for the development of the postal sector worldwide. In a statement sent to Post&Parcel, UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein said: “The UPU’s foremost aim is to secure the organization and improvement of postal services worldwide and to promote international collaboration in this area. We are therefore particularly pleased to engage in a partnership that brings measurable benefits for the industry by contributing to the development of accessible, efficient and innovative postal services in our member countries. “This joint cooperation program s

UPS Takes the Pulse of the Online Shopper

(First posted on June 23, 2017) StartFragmentUPS has begun to roll out the UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper 2017, with volume one of the five-volume study focusing on U.S. shoppers. This volume, Digital Evolution, states that online shoppers in the United States are making more purchases from international retailers, using mobile devices to make more of their purchases, and relying more on international marketplaces. UPS researchers describe a new crop of online shoppers. These shoppers have honed their online shopping skills so that they can search for the best prices from every corner of the world. The comfort level for shopping via mobile devices has increased over the last two years

PayPal Looks at Cross-border Shoppers

(First published on June 23, 2017) StartFragmentThe United States and China are the biggest markets for online spending, with India growing fast, according to PayPal Cross-Border Consumer Research 2016. That finding should come as no surprise, given the population sizes of those three countries. Other findings in the PayPal report, however, add nuance to the growing market for cross-border online shopping. Portugal, Peru and India are the countries where cross-border online shopping is most prevalent. In terms of regions, Latin America and Middle East have highest incidence of cross-border online shoppers.Middle East shoppers are comfortable with cross-border purchases, but they prefer to bu

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