Western Union Partners With Walmart!

January 19, 2021

Western Union services will roll out in more than 4,700 Walmart stores starting this spring. A leapfrog over the competition, or a ‘Hail Mary pass’? – https://bit.ly/3pbAfgo

And further to the discussion where in the world is the US Postal Service’s “Sure Money® (DineroSeguro®)”. Yes, the service has been around since the mid 1990’s but have you seen it advertised lately? The USPS has about 30,000 retail outlets versus Walmart’s 4,756 stores.

And why didn’t USPS partner with Walmart? Walmart’s footfall and customer demographic are a natural fit. “Has the USPS lost its business development mojo?” Stay tuned for the next installment – “Retail Self Service Kiosk – What Took So Long?” #USPSLostBizDevMojo

CEP Group – ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE REDUX’

Further to the disruption by commercial electric vehicles, CEVs, #CEVs, today’s news about GM’s pullback from Nikola is apocalyptic. The legacy automotive industry cannot disengage its DNA, it cannot turn off the combustion engine.

Change is coming, as the petrol-powered automobile rendered horse drawn carriage and drayage to the knackers of history, EV/alternative fuel, AF, transport is doing the same, and the curve is accelerating.

Lest you distrust our vision, our over the horizon history goes back to 1984 when our Principal consultant first formally documented a prototype EMS self-service kiosk, through 2002 when he pioneered ‘Customer Value Chain Analysis’ (USPTO application) and devised the concept of “embedded networks” #EmbeddedNetworks, for last mile delivery for emerging ‘big box’ merchants; e.g., Walmart, years later as publicly presented at World Mail & Express Americas in 2017, and in practice today – Walmart free delivery from store.

For a discussion of what is coming tomorrow in the CEP sector, and especially for the national postal operators, #NPOs, please feel free to contact us  — theCEPGroup.com; “Transforming Disruption Into Opportunity”

USPS Will Begin Nationwide Reduction in Mail Processing Equipment Due to Falloff in Mail Volume

Facing an ongoing falloff of letter and flat mail volume that is further accelerating due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy, the Postal Service plans to significantly reduce the number of Advanced Facer Canceler Systems (AFCS), Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS), Automated Flat Sorting Machine 100s (AFSM100), and Flat Sequencing Systems (FSS) in its mail processing facilities. This loss of production capacity may signal an irreversible degradation of service and the inability of the service to recover during an economic upturn.

The subject reduction is anticipated to take place over the next several months. For further analysis of the impending reductions, including the affected mail processing facilities and service areas and potential impacts on the business mailing sector please contact us for a one on one consultation.

USPS Publishes 2020 Web Tools Release Notes

The Postal Service has distributed its 2020 Web Tools API Release Notes, Version 1.5. They note that the May 21st release details are included. Updates for future releases will be distributed as details are finalized. Further information can be found at the USPS Web tools Portal – https://www.usps.com/business/web-tools-apis/welcome.htm.

Please contact webtools@usps.gov for additional information. A copy of the Release Notes is also available here –

the CEP Group Continues U.S. Federal Government System for Award Management (SAM) Support in CY 2020!

the CEP Group is pleased to announce our continued participation in the U.S. federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) for CY 2020. Our expertise in government postal contracting spans four decades including work on US Postal Service Contract Postal Units (CPUs), http://www.usps.com re-engineering and affiliate partnerships, national postal operator (NPO) – commercial integrator network development worldwide, and the USPS OIG. We are proud to continue our tradition of expert consultation and project management service.