Earlier today(10/17), a statement was issued by the White House Press Secretary regarding President Trump’s receipt of a State Department report pursuant to an August 23rd Presidential Memorandum (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-38/). In light of this, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Taub reiterates his previously issued statement of August 23rd. “The anticompetitive nature of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has concerned the United States Government since the Reagan Administration. The increasingly competitive and commercial nature of the market has exacerbated these long-standing distortions. Yet, little has changed at the UPU. The UPU continues to promulgate agreements that require posts to undercharge for delivery of inbound mail, to insulate postal shipments from full application of national customs laws, and to promote a different legal regime for postal operators and competing private carriers. President Trump’s concurrence today with the State Department recommendation to adopt self-declared rates for terminal dues as soon as practical, and no later than January 1, 2020, is a tremendous step towards finally addressing these distortions on behalf of our fellow Americans – particularly U.S. merchants, U.S. mailers, and U.S. private-sector carriers who are trying to compete fairly in these global markets.
Staples Europe today announced that it is expanding its presence in Poland as it works to provide every product businesses need to succeed. In the past year, Staples has relocated and expanded its Global Competence Centre in Gdansk, and continues to grow Staples Advantage, its business-to-business division.
The Staples Global Competence Centre opened last year with the support of Invest in Pomerania, a local government body. The centre quickly outgrew its previous location, and has now relocated to a permanent home at Olivia Six, in the heart of the Gdansk business district. The centre employs experts from a variety of disciplines, including IT, e-commerce, supply chain and telecommunications, and provides strategic, analytical and operational support to Staples offices throughout Europe, as well as telecommunications support globally.
“We are excited about our growth in Poland,” said John Wilson, President, Staples International Operations and Head of Global Transformation. “The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk is an ideal business location, with its high concentration of universities and well-educated workforce. We look forward to continuing to attract top talent to help us grow in the future.”
Marcin Piatkowski of Invest in Pomerania said, “Staples’ Global Competence Centre benefits the local economy in Gdansk, and offers great opportunities for talented future leaders, both in Poland and abroad. We are thrilled to be able to support Staples.”
In recent years, Staples has also continued to make key investments in its business-to-business delivery operation in Poland, which is growing rapidly.
“Customers understand that Staples Advantage Poland stands for unmatched service and value,” said Piotr Kiszkis, Managing Director, Staples Advantage Poland. “We are now well-positioned to make it easy for our customers to find everything they need to succeed.”