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The Contribution of the Postal and Delivery Sector

Between E-Commerce and E-Substitution

  • Pier Luigi Parcu
  • Timothy Brennan
  • Victor Glass
  • Addresses some of the major issues facing postal and delivery services through the world

  • Analyzes and advances new directions for public policy shift in postal delivery?

  • Provides perspectives from an international panel of academics, industry researchers, and senior industry management


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pier Luigi Parcu, Vincenzo Visco Comandini
    Pages 13-29
  3. John Hearn
    Pages 75-88
  4. Edward S. Pearsall
    Pages 89-102
  5. Paula Gori, Virginia Silvestri
    Pages 129-143
  6. Catherine Cazals, Thierry Magnac, Soterios Soteri
    Pages 175-186
  7. João Confraria, Filipa Silva, Frederico Pereira, Agostinho Franco
    Pages 187-205
  8. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Mindaugas Cerpickis, Anna Möller Boivie, Bruno Basalisco
    Pages 207-221
  9. Claire Borsenberger, Lisa Chever, Helmuth Cremer, Denis Joram, Jean-Marie Lozachmeur
    Pages 223-239
  10. Philippe De Donder, Frank Rodriguez, Soterios Soteri
    Pages 241-255
  11. Sonja Thiele, Alex Kalevi Dieke
    Pages 257-269

About this book


This book addresses major issues facing postal and delivery services throughout the world. Worldwide, there is currently a considerable amount of interest in postal and delivery economics. The industry is in a state of near crisis and drastic change is needed. The European Commission and member States are still wrestling with the problem of how to implement entry liberalization into postal markets, how to address digital competition, and how to maintain the universal service obligation (USO). The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. has perhaps created and exacerbated the problems faced by USPS.   Post Offices (POs) have been slow to address the threat of electronic competition. On the other hand, e-commerce presents opportunities for POs to expand their presence in parcel delivery and perhaps help finance or redefine the USO. A major aim of this book is to address strategies POs can use to reinvent themselves for the digital age.This book compiles original essays by prominent researchers in the field, which will be selected and edited from papers presented at the 25th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics held in Barcelona, Spain, May 24-27, 2017. That conference, and this volume, commemorates the memory of Michael Crew who organized twenty-four prior conferences and co-edited previous conference volumes.  This book is a useful tool not only for graduate students and professors, but also for postal administrations, consulting firms, and Federal Government departments.


postal regulation parcel delivery e-commerce delivery liberalization postal network postal sector

Editors and affiliations

  • Pier Luigi Parcu
    • 1
  • Timothy Brennan
    • 2
  • Victor Glass
    • 3
  1. 1.European University InstituteRSCAS, Florence School of Regulation Communication & MediaFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.School of Public PolicyUMBCBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Rutgers Business SchoolNewarkUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Consumer Packaged Goods
Finance, Business & Banking