The Changing Postal and Delivery Sector

Towards A Renaissance

  • Michael Crew
  • Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Timothy Brennan

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pier Luigi Parcu, Virginia Silvestri
    Pages 17-33
  3. Frank Rodriguez, Soterios Soteri, Stefan Tobias
    Pages 35-49
  4. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Bruno Basalisco, Jimmy Gårdebrink, Anna Möller Boivie
    Pages 79-96
  5. João Confraria, Vítor Miguel Ribeiro, Agostinho Franco, Frederico Pereira
    Pages 97-114
  6. J. Scott Marcus, Georgios Petropoulos
    Pages 139-159
  7. Margaret M. Cigno, Edward S. Pearsall
    Pages 161-189
  8. Claire Borsenberger, Olaf Klargaard, Philippe Régnard
    Pages 223-232
  9. Helen Ferguson, Katie Curry, Nick Convery
    Pages 243-256
  10. Thomas Geissmann, Christian Jaag, Martin Maegli, Urs Trinkner
    Pages 271-282
  11. Benjamin Gough, Kirk Kaneer, Margaret M. Cigno
    Pages 283-299
  12. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Bruno Basalisco, Julia Wahl, Mindaugas Cerpickis
    Pages 301-319
  13. Emmanuel Vivet, Roland Leray
    Pages 333-344

About this book


This book addresses some of the major issues facing postal and delivery services throughout the world. Postal operators worldwide have been slow to address the threats from and opportunities created by electronic competition.  The European Commission and member states are wrestling with these issues, while at the same time continuing to deal with the interrelated issues of implementing entry into postal markets and maintaining the universal service obligation. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. exacerbated financial and managerial problems faced by USPS that result in part from electronic substitution for letter delivery. Comprised of original essays by prominent researchers in the field, this book addresses the new reality of the postal industry and proposes ways in which postal operators might reinvent themselves. Issues discussed include cross-border parcel delivery, e-commerce, the transformation of postal networks, and the effects of postal liberalization. This book will be of interest to postal operators, regulatory commissions, consulting firms, competitors and customers, experts in the postal economics, law, and business, and those charged with the responsibility for designing and implementing postal sector policies. Researchers in regulatory economics, transportation technology, and industrial organization will also find useful information in this volume.


postal regulation cross-border parcel delivery e-commerce delivery liberalization postal network universal services postal sector

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Crew
    • 1
  • Pier Luigi Parcu
    • 2
  • Timothy Brennan
    • 3
  1. 1.Rutgers Business School-Newark and New BrunswickNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Florence School of RegulationEuropean University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItaly
  3. 3.School of Public PolicyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA

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