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PostalVision 2020/8.0

Event Theme:  “Daring — Caring — Sharing”

April 3-5, 2018

 

Event Theme Announced!

 

PostalVision 2020 has announced the theme for its April 3-5, 2018 event:  “Daring — Sharing — Caring” and early bird registration is NOW OPEN! 

Navigating a safe course from the traditional, well-defined and highly regulated 20th century global postal and delivery industry structure into the inchoate, unsettled and largely liberalized 21st century model is proving to be mighty tricky. The marketplace has gone topsy-turvy. Core mail products are facing challenges from digital alternatives and emerging as brand new integrated channels, while ecommerce-driven parcels may soon be guided by electronic sensors, autonomous drones and robots. The path to a sure footing is still unclear.

For seven years, PostalVision has been keeping its eye on this treacherous transformational journey in an earnest attempt to plot the industry’s most successful strategic trajectory. We have heard everything from provocative prognostications, cautioned by rational reticence, followed by unbridled entrepreneurial enthusiasm at our annual conferences! Meanwhile the rate of structural change seems only to be accelerating in response to growing consumer demands for having access to just about everything, just the way they choose.

“Daring – Sharing – Caring”

At our eighth annual PostalVision conference, we will seek to discover ideal paths forward by peeling this transformational challenge apart into three key attributes — “Daring, Sharing and Caring.”  We think that this trio of core concepts will serve as essential drivers for meeting the needs of future customers and we will learn how visionaries, experts, and practitioners interpret them as well.

Daring

Real progress is impossible without daring to take risks. Reinvention requires courage to make mistakes, to learn from them, and to try again. It means breaking the rules, which in some institutions is culturally discouraged. Yet deliberate disruption of conventional models has proven to be a key strategic approach for the most successful new businesses of the 21st century in many industries, including the postal-parcel-delivery sector.

Join us at PostalVision 2020/8.0 to learn how digital algorithms are undermining established operating systems. Examine how asset-lite business models are leapfrogging capital intensive infrastructures. Hear from “new economy” luminaries about daring moves being undertaken by established entities as well as iconoclastic start-ups. Learn why venture capitalists are willing to risk hundreds of millions of dollars on unproven ideas pitched by brash and brilliant young dreamers.

Sharing

Can we remember a time when “Sharing” defined an economic model?   When businesses were launched based on the value of sharing of underutilized resources, assets, real estate, vehicles, or data?  Or between businesses with their customers and their competitors? “Coopetition” now describes the business of sharing between competitors, collaborating to serve a greater good while still maintaining independence. The new “sharing economy” is influencing all commerce, while enhancing societal environmental interests as well.

Other new economic terms like “gig economy,” “crowd-sourcing,” “two-sided markets,” and “cloud storage” are commonly referenced by analysts to describe many new “asset-lite” businesses that rapidly scale based on shared knowledge and aggregated data.

Of course, the Postal Service platform has always provided shared universal service at standard economical rates to all U.S. residents.  Competitive carriers and third-party service providers share the vast nationwide postal network and the economies of scale that enable the lowest possible last mile and delivery costs.

Caring:

Digitally empowered customers are now cared for as never before. The new delivery reality that PostalVision has described as “B2Me” demands a heightened level of customer care and responsiveness through ubiquitous digital access.

Yet it’s not just the most demanding customers that need care. The Postal Service’s “Universal Service Obligation” mandates that all citizens are cared for equally, regardless of their Internet access, digital savvy or broadband speed; or whether they are domiciled in urban or rural areas.

And lest we forget that we currently depend upon some 500,000 U. S. Postal Service workers plus another estimated seven million in the private sector to make this vast ecosystem in the U.S. operate so smoothly. Its people, often unseen and taken for granted, function as the lifeblood of this circulatory delivery network. Properly caring for them through the unsettling conditions of these transformational times is essential to the smooth and perpetual flow of mail and parcels.

Hear how we can care for and nurture the ever-expanding field of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators entering our global postal ecosystem, knowing the brash dreamers of today often become the innovation leaders of tomorrow.

Join the Conversation!

Dare to express your thoughts. Share your concerns and ideas. Care about what the next generation should have in the way of Postal Service and about how we all care for our global postal customers! Join us at PostalVision 2020/8.0, April 3-5, 2018.  And keep a look out for our next announcement about speakers and topics coming shortly!

After a very successful 2017 annual event (not to mention our special one-day “excursion” event held in January 2017), the PostalVision team is hard at work planning the 2018 event.  Check back soon for more information on our event theme and more details!   In the interim, SAVE THE DATE for 2018 and EARLY BIRD PRICING is Now Available!

 

Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are also available. For information, visit our Sponsor web page, or contact John Sasso at jsasso@ursamajorassociates.com.

 

Pricing and Hotel Information:  Check out great Early Bird Registration rates, hotel information and more!

 

 

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The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

(just outside Washington, DC)

1250 S Hayes Street

Arlington, VA 22202