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Free Community Papers of New York (FCPNY) is a trade association made up entirely of free distribution shopping guides, newspapers and periodicals that publish throughout the state of New York. Our members deliver over 5.7 million homes via 444 editions weekly. Our advertising arm, Community Papers Ad Network (CPAN) brings buyers and sellers together both regionally and statewide via classified ads, ROP and pre-printed inserts.


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By Frank J. Rich

Where would life be without the Internet? How well would we make it to work, or to the trash can outside each day if we didn't put our feet into shoes? How many lives have been saved, crisis averted, schedules met, assurances made, friends connected, products and services found, etc., because of the proverbial "hip cricket" on our person? Desk or desktop, sedan or SUV, train or bus, boat or rail-all are tools we choose to make life more workable, more livable, more productive, more enjoyable, and more promise-filled. The one thing common to all is you, the user of tools, perhaps itself, the greatest tool of all. 

According to a recent report by Ernst & Young, the top (3) opportunities today and beyond are: innovation in products, services, and operations; emerging markets; and investment in processes, tools, and training. The obverse side of this coin is called "threats." In unpacking the first the progenitor of all comes clearer into focus. It is the individual. 


Written by: Donna Hanbery, Executive Director | Saturation Mailers Coalition

On December 24, 2013, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued an order approving, but limiting, the USPS request for a permanent postal rate increase of 4.3%, on top of its annual CPI price change, as an "exigency" rate increase to compensate the Postal Service for the revenue lost from the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

The PRC found that the Postal Service had justified a basis for showing lost revenues of approximately $2.8 billion due to the extraordinary or exceptional circumstances of the Great Recession and related mail volume losses. The PRC ordered that the rates originally proposed by the Postal Service, and attached to its original exigency increase, could go into effect on January 26, 2014 as a surcharge. The PRC found that the across the board approach to the exigent rate increase was equitable in that it distributed the increase proportionately to all categories of mail. The PRC found that the Service's dangerously low liquidity levels made the rate adjustment necessary to maintain and continue needed postal services.

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