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”


Japan Post has announced a temporary suspension of the acceptance of international mail from 126 countries for EMS and Air Mail, and for all types of mail from 27 countries. 

Japan Post has posted on their website as of April 1, 2020 – “The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused many countries/territories to take measures such as stopping acceptance of inbound postal items as well as considerable suspension and reduction of flights from/to Japan. Accordingly, our transportation performance has significantly declined. Therefore, acceptance of international mail items, mainly EMS and parcel-post/letter-post items by air and SAL, will be temporarily suspended from April 2. For details, please see the attachment (PDF16KB).

Items which have already been accepted and cannot be dispatched to their destinations will be returned from the delivery offices to the senders in order. In addition, because of the global reduction of flights, considerable delivery delays are expected for outbound mail items to other countries/territories.

For additional details see- https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/2020/0401_02_en.html

CEP Group Attends Launch of “Korea Matters for America / America Matters for Korea” Initiative


the CEP Group Attended the East – West Center Launch of ‘Korea Matters for America / Matters for Korea” Initiative Washington DC, Wednesday, September 12, on Capitol Hill.

“The East West Center in Washington and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA, along with the Congressional Korea Caucus, launched the updated report Korea Matters for America/America Matters for Korea, which functions as a practical resource for political leaders, the media, students, and the general public and features infographics that illustrate the importance and impact of U.S.-Korea relations at the national, state, and local levels. The booklet and corresponding state and Congressional District one-page connections summaries can be accessed and downloaded online at: asiamattersforamerica.org/korea.”

The program included

  • Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington
  • Young Jin Jang, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA
  • Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington (Moderator)
  • Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation
  • David Steel, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Electronics North America
  • Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, President, Korea Economic Institute
  • Barbara Weisel, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors

Highlights from the panel discussion included

  • Issues driving South Korea’s refocus of its Defense Strategy
    • Declining service age population to support current military force levels
    • Shortage’s of munitions for weapons
    • Absence of ballistic missile defense systems
    • Financial pressures – US is pushing South Korea to effectively double tis defense spending
    • Alliance issues – US military assessment, South Korea is not ready to assume command
    • Geopolitical – Trump comments about South Korea; downplay of tri-lateral cooperation (US, KR, JP)
  • South Korea’s Economic Stance
    • Trade deficit with the us is down 41% YOY
    • South Korea is looking to expand its exports, particularly in electronics (audio) and automotive markets
    • South Korea currently employs 20,000 US workers in the 46 States
  • Major geopolitical challenges facing South Korea
    • Globalization and the attendant stresses placed on SK society
    • Continued US commitment to South Korea
    • ‘Unfinished Business on the peninsula’, normalization of SK-NK relations
  • US Korea trade relations*
    • Bi-lateral trade agreements, points of friction
    • Automobiles continue to be the major irritant
    • South Korea has been surprised at the US stance and approach to automotive sector to date
    • Trump administration sees it as necessary to rebalance the trade deficit in automobiles
    • SK had been questioning its ongoing relationship with the US considering the US’s approach to the trade issue

*Since this event South Korea and the US have signed a renegotiated United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement, also known as KORUS FTA.

The US Trade Representative’s fact sheet may be found here:


The text of the KORUS agreement may be found here:


the CEP Group supports the East – West Center’s Scholarship programs

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the CEP Group is a Sponsor for the NOVA Postal Customer Council Annual PCC Day

the CEP Group will be attending the Northern Virginia Postal Customer Council Annual PCC Day as a sponsor, September 24th.

A task force commissioned by President Trump to recommend steps to put the U.S. Postal Service on firmer financial footing finished drafting a report in August.  The White House has reviewed the draft report, but decided to withhold it until after the mid-term elections. This year’s program features an Update on the presidential Postal Service task force, findings and how these results could affect 2019’s postal rates.

The program will include 6 educational/informational tracks for this event:

  1. Enterprise Payment System (EPS) – CAPS migration to the new system.
    2. 2019 Postal Rates – Effect on proposed rate changes by the PRC – Update on the President’s Task Force review.
    3. Informed Delivery – The rise of interactive mailing campaigns – business advantages.
    4. Mail Design Professional – USPS regulations overview.
    5. Drop shipment – Postage savings, expedited delivery, streamlined logistics.
    6. Move Update requirements – effect on Mailer Scorecard.

In addition to the educational tracks the program will host special guest speakers from USPS headquarters, Vice President of Area Operations for the Capital Metro area, Linda Malone and District Manager for Northern Virginia, Jeffrey Becker.

This event will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Fairview Park – Falls Church, VA on Monday, September 24th, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For an individual consultation on the US  Postal Service, international postal operators, and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), please contact us directly