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Commercialization of Postal and Delivery Services : National and International Perspectives - Michael A. Crew

Commercialization of Postal and Delivery Services

National and International Perspectives

By: Michael A. Crew (Editor), Paul R. Kleindorfer (Editor)

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Published: 30th November 1994
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xiii * We have almost the cheapest letter price in the OEeD. * We've quadrupled the retail outlets where you can buy stamps, but closed three quarters of our Post Offices. On time delivery is better than 97%. * The workforce has been reduced by 40%, with a 25% increase in volumes over the period. Real unit costs, measured by total real expenditure divided by total volumes, have been reduced by over 20%. What do these results and achievements mean for policy setters around the world? In particular, do these results for New Zealand Post prove that it is a commercial business, and what are the lessons for other postal businesses? Market Forces New Zealand Post presently has a limited letter monopoly, a 45 cent letter price against an 80 cent competitive floor price. The existence of this level of protection somehow negates the company's commercial achievements. The combination of high efficiency and low prices cannot persuade everyone that the results are not my view, are the only ones that can solely monopoly driven. Market forces, in answer my question: is New Zealand Post a commercial organization? We need the test offree and open competition to see whether we've got the business formula right. Before advancing this argument, which in essence is the case for deregulation, it may be useful to distinguish between market behavior and Post behavior.

Authors and Discussants
Preface and Acknowledgements
Foreword: The Commercial Postal Businesses
A Review of Efforts to Develop a New Policy Framework for Postal Services in the European Unionp. 1
Deregulation of Australia's Postal Servicesp. 27
The Application of Legal Safeguards Against Predation to the Postal Services Industryp. 45
Measuring the Performance of the Public Postal Service Provider in Germanyp. 67
Measuring Quality of Service of International Mailp. 79
Post-Appointment Preference Shaping and Its Influence on Judicial Analysis of Economic Regulation Issuesp. 93
A Consumers' Group's View of New Services, Quality, and Regulationp. 109
Pricing in Postal Service under Competitive Entryp. 117
An Econometric Model of Postal Deliveryp. 137
The Scope of the Reserved Areap. 155
Price Caps for Postal Servicep. 165
Use of Technology Arising from Customers' Needsp. 181
On the Structure of Inter-Firm Postal Demandp. 191
Analysis of Economies of Scale in Small Package Carrier Service in Japanp. 207
Replacement of Letter Mail by Electronic Communications to the Year 2010p. 223
Regulation of Unregulated Firms: The Postal Service and UPSp. 237
Alternative Scenarios for the Reform of Postal Services: Optimal Pricing and Welfarep. 247
Aggregate Letter Traffic Demand in the United Kingdom and the Economyp. 269
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ISBN: 9780792395140
ISBN-10: 079239514X
Series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 30th November 1994
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.61