Imagine. How do you think our postal-delivery-logistics ecosystem will change in the next 10, 20 or even 30 years? Will it still include a monopoly-protected postal system in the U.S.? Will Americans still be provided with universal service anywhere in the U.S. for the same price? How will mail and parcels be delivered in the future? How will the USPS model continue to function in an environment of declining mail volume and growing parcel volume? Or will mail bounce back through new digital-physical channel integrations? What do consumers, users, and senders/shippers need in a future postal-parcel infrastructure? And what changes are needed to the USPS business model to keep it financially stable?
Join an esteemed panel of visionaries, thought leaders, and others and hear what they “Imagine” future decades will bring to our industry ecosystem. Their diverse and sometimes controversial viewpoints will kick off an interactive discussion with attendees of the upcoming 8th annual PostalVision 2020 event, to be held April 3-5, 2018, at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City.
Our “Imagine” session panel will be moderated by the Hon. Dan G. Blair, senior counselor at the BiPartisan Policy Center, with over 30 years’ experience in top leadership positions in the nonprofit, government and regulatory sectors, including serving as chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) from 2006-2009 and as Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from 2001-2006, among many other leadership positions.
Included on the panel is the Hon. David C. Williams, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Williams served as Inspector General for the USPS from 2003 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to that, Williams served as IG for five federal agencies, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Tax Administration of the Department of Treasury, and Acting IG for HUD, while he was also serving at the Department of the Treasury.
Lori Rectanus, Director of Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office (GAO), oversees GAO’s audit portfolio for postal issues and federal real property management, including building security. Her work has resulted in operational improvements and financial savings that have benefitted American taxpayers and workers, as well as contributions to academic articles and textbooks. Rectanus has overseen GAO’s work in the postal sector in the U.S., including recent reports “Key Considerations for Restoring Fiscal Sustainability,” (2017), “Information on Changes and Alternatives to the Terminal Dues System,” (2017), “Key Considerations for Potential Changes to USPS’s Monopolies,” (2017), and “USPS Financial Challenges Continue,” (2016).
Brody Buhler, Global Managing Director of Accenture’s Post and Parcel Industry Group, also joins the Imagine panel. Buhler leads a team of more than 1,800 postal consultants working with more than 20 major post and parcel clients around the world. Accenture is well known for its research and work in our global ecosystem, and recent industry research includes “The New Delivery Reality for Post and Parcel Players” (2017), and “Achieving High Performance in the Post and Parcel Industry” (2015).
Dr. Ramesh Ratan, CEO of Bell and Howell, a leading global provider of multi-channel communications and commerce solutions, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the panel. Ratan in his early career founded the AT&T Consumer Lab, and directed the Lucent Bell Labs Technology Management Science Center, implementing over 6,000 consumer experiments in video, Internet and communications services that lead to product and service innovations generating an estimated $40 billion in AT&T revenue over ten years. Ratan later worked as President of the $600 Million Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies business and was Chief Operating Officer at the Direct Marketing Association. Ratan is well versed in the experience of the telecommunications industry in its evolution from monopoly through unbundling as a result of the 1996 Telecom Act.
Elmar Toime, Chairman of the Postea Group, is an experienced and independent advisor to the postal sector, having served as chief executive of New Zealand Post Limited from 1993-2003, Executive Deputy Chairman of the Royal Mail Group from 2203-2004, and member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post DHL from 2006-2016. Toime today chairs the Postea Group, a technology company, and is a non-executive director of Qatar Post. Known for his insight and willingness to challenge regulators and government agencies to think outside the box, Toime brings his passion for the industry and its future to the panel.
The “Imagine” panelists each will introduce their “Imagine” scenario of what they believe the postal-delivery-logistics environment will be in 2030 and beyond to a diverse audience of attendees, with representatives from all aspects of the postal ecosystem both domestic and international, as well as students. Participants then will interact and engage in the discussion with their own “Imagine” scenarios and questions of the panelists.
PostalVision founder John Callan believes “With so many different viewpoints at play, the questions posed to this panel will give way to a unique, provocative conversation that will address the problems and complexity of the broken USPS business model Congress seems to be ignoring and does not even seem to comprehend.” “What comes from this session could begin to blaze a trail to the ideal postal system of the future,” Callan says.
Join the conversation!
Don’t sit out this event and read about what happened later on, be part of the conversation! Grab your discounted Registration TODAY before the price goes up March 23, and don’t forget to book your hotel TODAY because our hotel room block rate expires as of March 14 (contact us directly if you miss the hotel block cut-off but are in need of a room at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City).
So Many Reasons to Attend…
Participating in this exciting “Imagine” session is just the latest reason to reserve your seat NOW… If you need even more reminders why you should register to attend, here are just a few previously announced highlights of the April 3-5, 2018 event – and there’s more to come!
- PostalPitch StartUp Award. Just this week the finalists were announced in our first PostalPitch competition, which invited StartUps to present innovative products or solutions with a unique value proposition that may have the potential to change the postal and logistics market or even create a new market. The finalists will present their idea, product or solution to the PostalVision audience at the event, and a jury of postal and logistics experts will select the StartUp that ranks best according to the award criteria. The jury includes: Thierry Golliard, Director Open Innovation & Venturing, Swiss Post; Olaf Klargaard, Director, Innovation, Geopost; Karlijn Krol, StartUp Scout, PostNL Innovation Studio; Gary Reblin, Vice President, Product Innovation, USPS; Farzin Shadpour, Vice President and Managing Director, Supply Chain, PlugandPlay; and Elmar Toime, Chairman Postea Group.
- Returning to PostalVision 2020’s center stage will be renowned headline speaker John Hagel of Deloitte’s “Center for the Edge” Silicon Valley think-tank.
- Paul Misener, Amazon’s Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications, will keynote the event. We are especially pleased to have Paul join us as Amazon’s first presenting participant at a PostalVision event, to represent a leading postal – parcel – logistics player that exemplifies this year’s conference theme, “Daring – Sharing – Caring.”
- Cooper Smith, Director of Amazon Intelligence, at business intelligence firm L2 Inc. — proclaimed by participants as one of the best speakers at PostalVision’s 2017 annual event, will return to the PostalVision’s platform at its April 2018 event. Don’t miss Cooper’s presentation, where he will provide an update on the state of e-commerce delivery (including some data to be first released to attendees of the event!). As L2’s resident expert on all things Amazon as well as the broader ecommerce market, Cooper will provide PostalVision event attendees with the latest news and analysis on activities by Amazon, Walmart, Jet, Target and other big box retailers as they look to solve the “last mile” delivery puzzle.
- Jamie Siminoff, Founder & Chief Inventor at Ring, Inc. (recently acquired by Amazon!), will speak on Package Theft Prevention. Ring is on a mission to reduce neighborhood crime and educate consumers on the rising threat of package thefts. With nearly one in five homeowners falling victim to package thefts, Ring founded National Package Protection Day to bring awareness to this issue, and Jamie will discuss the problematic phenomenon that we in the delivery industry know only too well as “porch piracy.”
- USPS Vice Presidents Steve Monteith and Gary Reblin will join the event, with Reblin participating on the PostalPitch StartUp Jury and Monteith speaking about the influence of ecommerce trends on postal product mix and the critical roles that direct mail and catalogs play in the omnichannel purchase cycle.
- A great panel of global innovation leaders will participate in this year’s “Innovation and Global Perspectives” session, which will be moderated by the chairman of the Postal Innovation Platform (PIP), Bernhard Bukovc. Panelists include Holger Winklbauer, President and CEO of the International Post Corporation (IPC); Bernard Haurie, Deputy DG and Senior Vice President for Innovation, HR and eCommerce at Geopost (Groupe La Poste, France); Thierry Golliard, Director of PostVenture, Swiss Post’s venture capital branch; Juha TolvanenJuha Tolvanen, Head of Network Design, Posti Finland; and Karlijn Krol, PostNL Innov Panel.
- Two panels of thought leaders, entrepreneurs and industry leaders will discuss the product journey to the consumer, both today and tomorrow! Hear the discussion on autonomous and electric vehicle solutions, online store fulfillment, “autonomy-as-a-service,” online supermarket experience, physical to digital connections, and more!
And that’s just a taste of what this great event has in store!
Registration Discounts Still in Effect!
One more reason to register…registration discounts are still in effect! Pricing and hotel information can be found on our web site.
Hotel Block Rate Expires March 14 – Book Your Room TODAY!
Those planning to stay at the venue host hotel, The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, should book their hotel room at the special PostalVision event room block rate of $275/night – before March 14 when the rate expires. After that, the going room rate will apply (which could be significantly higher!).