Quad/Graphics Exhorts Congress to Act Swiftly on Postal Reform
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Press release from the issuing company
Company CEO Joel Quadracci Testifies Second Time on Capitol Hill, Spells Out Specific Reform Measures Needed to Restore Postal Service to Financial Stability
SUSSEX, Wis. - Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEOJoel Quadracci returned to Capitol Hill last week Wednesday to urge Congress to act swiftly to put the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on a path to financial stability and long-term sustainability.
Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Quadracci communicated the importance of the USPS to private industry and the U.S. economy while emphasizing the urgency for postal reform to reverse a crisis of confidence in future of mail delivery.
Earlier this year, Quadracci provided similar testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In both his appearances on Capitol Hill, he was the only printer and member of private industry invited to testify.
“As we know all too well, the Postal Service is losing money at a rate of nearly $25 million a day with a total planned loss in 2013 of $7.6 billion,” Quadracci said in his written testimony provided in advance of last week’s hearing. “This is clearly unsustainable. The constant threat of insolvency is obviously troubling for the Postal Service, but it is even more troubling for the American economy overall. Although the Postal Service is financially challenged, it is still a $65 billion business that supports a private sector economy worth more than $1 trillion, employing some 8 million private sector workers and accounting for 9% of our nation’s Gross Domestic Product.”
Quadracci’s written testimony also highlighted the importance of a financially solvent USPS to the printing and mailing industries. “Without Congressional action…the uncertainty for our clients and the entire mailing industry will stifle volumes. Many clients may choose to move away from print only because they do not have confidence that the Postal Service will continue to be a viable option. This uncertainty can be resolved by Congress taking decisive action to show that the Postal Service will remain a strong and practical option for our marketers and publishers to distribute and advertise their products.”
Among the core provisions Quadracci said are necessary for meaningful postal reform are:
During his oral testimony, Quadracci stressed that while print remains an extremely effective medium for marketing and communications – and one that connects and integrates well with other media channels – clients are apprehensive about the future of the USPS. “We are at a stage where our customers are concerned,” he said. “We have to make sure we have the ability to deliver [mail] in an efficient manner.”
In closing, Quadracci acknowledged that postal reform requires bold, difficult decisions, but that those decisions are necessary and can no longer be delayed. “I applaud you for making thePostal Service a priority,” he told the Committee.
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