Postal and Delivery Innovation in the Digital Economy

  • Michael A. Crew
  • Timothy J. Brennan

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael A. Crew, Timothy J. Brennan
    Pages 1-15
  3. Claire Borsenberger
    Pages 31-41
  4. Samuel T. Cutting, Mark E. Meitzen, Brad P. Wagner, Christopher W. Backley, Charles L. Crum, Bryant Switzky
    Pages 43-54
  5. Henrik B. Okholm, Anna M. Boivie, Signe Rølmer
    Pages 55-64
  6. Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin, Mary K. Perkins
    Pages 65-75
  7. Claire Borsenberger, Helmuth Cremer, Philippe De Donder, Denis Joram
    Pages 77-90
  8. Lyudmila Y. Bzhilyanskaya, Margaret M. Cigno, Edward S. Pearsall
    Pages 91-113
  9. Gregory Swinand, Hugh Hennessy, Graeme O’Meara
    Pages 115-129
  10. George Houpis, José María Rodríguez, Christian Strobel
    Pages 131-142
  11. Laurian Choain, Frédéric Fustier, Lionel Janin
    Pages 143-154
  12. Matthew H. Robinson, J. P. Klingenberg, Andreas Haller, Urs Trinkner
    Pages 155-168
  13. Henrik B. Okholm, Anna Möller, Bruno Basalisco
    Pages 169-181
  14. Caroline Sheedy, Maria Moloney
    Pages 183-194
  15. Marcello Cuomo, Tommaso Nardone, Alberto Rovero, Gennaro Scarfiglieri
    Pages 219-231
  16. Silvia Spinazzola, Stefano Gori, Erik Maurice, Simona Romito, Ignazio Vacca
    Pages 233-245
  17. Kari Elkelä, Heikki Nikali, Päivi Rokkanen
    Pages 261-275
  18. Kelly I. Thresher, Amanda H. Stafford, Lisa M. Nieman, Bruce R. Marsh
    Pages 313-324
  19. Philippe De Donder, Helmuth Cremer, Frank Rodriguez, Soterios Soteri, Stefan Tobias
    Pages 325-336

About this book


Worldwide, postal and delivery economics is the subject of considerable interest. The postal industry’s business model is in drastic need of change. Notably, the European Commission and member states are still wrestling with the problems of implementing liberalization of entry into postal markets, addressing digital competition, and maintaining the universal service obligation. In the United States, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 has, perhaps, exacerbated some of the problems faced by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Currently, the USPS has serious financial problems because of difficulties it faces in making changes and the failure of the Act to address problems that have been long-standing. Electronic competition is severe and affects post offices (POs) worldwide, which have been slow to address the threat. This book addresses this new reality and includes discussion of how POs may attempt to reinvent themselves. Parcels and packets will play a major role in developing new business models for postal operators. This book is of use not only to students and researchers interested in the field, but also to postal operators, consulting firms, utilities, regulatory commissions, Federal Government Departments and agencies of the European Union and other countries.


Delivery economics Digital competition Liberalization Postal economics USPS Universal service obligation

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael A. Crew
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Brennan
    • 2
  1. 1.CRRI Distinguished Professor of Regulatory EconomicsRutgers University, Rutgers Business SchoolNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Policy, Professor of Public Policy and EconomicsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)BaltimoreUSA

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