DOWNTURN BRINGS TURBULENCE TO EUROPEAN POSTS ROYAL MAIL'S LEADER STEPS DOWN Royal Mail Chairman Allan Leighton announced that he would be stepping down from his role by March 2009. Leighton has been head of the British postal operator since March 2002. Leighton's successor will face several challenges. Royal Mail is currently losing...

The observations made by Postal Board of Governors Chairman Alan Kessler in Congressional testimony last year put the Postal Service’s economic situation in apt perspective. “First-Class Mail, particularly single piece First-Class Mail, is no longer growing steadily,” he said. “Standard Mail, which contributes significantly less than First-Class Mail to...

UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION FACES TOUGH AGENDA UPU CONGRESS CONVENES IN GENEVA Member nations are preparing for the 24th Universal Postal Congress, from July 23 to August 12 in Geneva. Delegates from the UPU’s 191 member countries will deliberate issues facing the global postal sector. The full Congress meets every four years, and...