Post Office


Japan Post mulling plan to transport parcels between post offices in mountainous areas, to remote islands, by drone

The Japan Times

The envisioned project by the mail and package delivery unit of state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co. comes in the wake of e-commerce operator Rakuten Inc. and major parcel delivery provider Yamato Holdings Co. testing drone deliveries, but safety concerns remain about the new delivery method. "We are aiming to fly drones between post offices in mountainous areas and remote islands," Japan Post Executive Vice President Seiki Fukuda said at a news conference Monday. Japan Post is planning drone delivery in rural areas because there is a smaller risk of the machine falling on people on the ground and because at post offices, workers will be able to receive packages directly. In fiscal 2016, Japan Post carried out experimental drone deliveries, aiming to deliver packages to doorsteps at some point in the future.


U.S. Postal Service's financial straits could disrupt daily mail delivery

PBS NewsHour

Postal Service (USPS) crates sit on the floor at the Brookland Post Office in Washington, D.C., U.S. No customer data was stolen in a recent data breach, USPS officials say. Postal Service is warning that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health benefits for the fifth straight year. It is citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery. Postmaster General Megan Brennan stressed an urgent need for federal regulators to grant the Postal Service wide freedom to increase stamp prices to cover costs.


AusPost trials machine learning to manage unpaid bills

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Australia Post has quietly created an email add-on tool that uses machine learning to find unpaid bills and itemise when they need to be paid. The postal service said it would use undisclosed machine learning techniques to extract data from the bills and itemise them according to due date. In particular, Bill Scanner looks for the payment amount, due date, and who issued the bill, and also extracts a full copy "for presentation in the application". "Bill Scanner verifies your Postbillpay bills automatically," the postal service said.


Postal Service: Dog attacks on carrier halt mail delivery

U.S. News

The Postal Service has told residents that mail won't be delivered to Scholato's block in Washington, Pennsylvania, until the dog is properly restrained. Until then, those residents can pick up their mail at the post office, where it will be held for 30 days.


How emotion tracking and machine-learning makes the Post Office less stressful

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So, for me as a marketer, one of the most exciting trends in design today isn't Batman's new ride, it's the way we measure effectiveness – and the science and technology we're using to do it. We want to make it easy for our customers to get the important things in life done, and design marketing activity to support that goal. Recently, we've been using biometric technology to measure our customers' unconscious responses to'shopping' in one of our branches. Hopefully, a trip to the local Post Office branch is a lot less stressful than DiCaprio's ordeal.