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It’s Early April…Do You Know Where Your Catalog Postal Rates Are Heading?

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WASHINGTON, MAY 2-4, 2017

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National Catalog Forum Focuses on Catalogers’ Top Bottom-Line Issues

Are you registered yet for the 10th Annual National Catalog Forum, taking place May 2-4 in Washington? If you’re not, you’ll miss out on at least four of your company’s most urgent bottom-line matters affecting your future ability to mail catalogs:

1. Discounted Catalog Postage Rate Nearing Reality?

The ACMA has pngbeen working closely with USPS VP Marketing Steve Monteith (at right) and Manager New Solutions Elke Reuning-Elliott to create a powerful incentive for catalog volume increases (greater prospecting opportunities). They will update attendees on where this work stands and what lies ahead to make it a reality.

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jpeg2. Ten-Year Review of Postal Rate Making:

Why does this matter? Why should you care? It’s simple. The relative stability in catalog postage over the past 10 years has been due to a law passed in 2007, which called for postage rates capped at the current CPI. The law also required a comprehensive review after 10 years, which could result in a complete undoing of the CPI-capped process. Former Special Assistant to the POTUS Denise Wilson, former PRC Chairman Dan G. Blair and postal veteran Larry Buc (at left) will examine the myriad of directions the review could take and what you can do.

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3. View From the Top

Postmaster General Megan Brennan (at right) will explain where she seespng the USPS going this year. She’ll engage the audience on the key catalog-related issues that matter to you most, sharing her vision for catalogs in the mail and responding to all the questions time allows. Wondering what her take is on postal reform legislation? The 10-year review of the CPI price-capped postal rate-making system? When the USPS will get new governors? She’ll address all these concerns and more.
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jpeg4. States’ Sales Tax Attacks Hit Home

Alabama Department of Revenue Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Joe Garrett (at left) will square off with Brann & Isaacson Senior Partner George Isaacson on how Alabama and other states are maneuvering to circumvent the Quill v. North Dakota use tax law. The ACMA is already off to a successful start in its lawsuit against South Dakota; further action against Tennessee and Louisiana are in motion. Meanwhile, Colorado’s tattletale law faces an uncertain future.

 

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See The Full Agenda

Click here to review the full agenda.

Limited Seats Available – Register Now

Register now, as there are still slots available, but they’re in limited quantity. (ACMA members: Be sure to set up your log-in on our brand-new website to get your preferred member discount. Click here for instructions.)

Very Few Discount Hotel Rooms Left – Book Now

Last we checked, there were only a handful of rooms left in our room block ($299/night) at Washington’s elegant DuPont Circle Hotel. They may all be gone by now, but it’s worth a look – use this link to book your room or call the hotel directly at 202-438-6000 and give them the code ACMA030517. If booking online, enter the code above in the room block code box when prompted to get the discounted rate.

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COUNTDOWN TO ACMA’s 10th ANNUAL NATIONAL CATALOG FORUM: 28 DAYS

Space is limited. Get yourself registered today!

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Planning Your Trip – Key Dates & Times

In plotting out your time in Washington, please plan around the following:

  • May 2nd, 6:30 pm: The conference begins with our Welcome Reception at the Dupont Circle Hotel
  • May 3rd, 9:00 am: First full day of sessions, culminating with our VIP reception that evening
  • May 4th: Sessions resume at 8:00 am and the conference ends at 1 pm

Questions?

Contact Paul Miller (pmiller@catalogmailers) or Cathy Roden (croden@catalogmailers.org) or reach either of us at 800-509-9514.

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Use of Funds: Moneys from each fund may be used for hiring lobbyists, economists, attorneys, consultants, public relations or government relations personnel, conducting research or other surveys highlighting positions favorable to cataloging, supporting coalitions or other groups allied to our positions, paying for advertising aimed at influencing elected officials or other stakeholders, organizing grass roots outreach, education or advocacy in support of public policy positions or for other tactics favorable to ACMA policy positions. Money raised will not be used to support any political candidate or political party; these moneys must come from a Political Action Committee.

Lynn Noble

President & Executive Director

New Member Development & Acquisition; Postal Affairs

Lynn Noble is ACMA’s Vice President, Industry Relations, having joined the ACMA in May 2015, following an extensive direct marketing career in private industry as well as the US Postal Service. He is responsible for leading the membership development efforts for the ACMA through new member acquisitions and providing enhanced member value.

Throughout his career, Lynn has held key marketing & sales positions with several leading direct marketers, as well as several high-level management positions with the US Postal Service.

In 2009, at the request of the ACMA, the US Postal Service initiated a new position of Catalog Manager to lead the Service’s efforts to stabilize and grow the catalog industry. Lynn returned to the USPS to lead those efforts and was instrumental to developing a stronger industry partnership between the Postal Service and the catalog industry. Serving as the product manager for catalogs, Lynn helped to raise the awareness of catalog-specific business challenges within the executive ranks of the USPS. During his tenure, the ACMA and catalog companies enjoyed a collaborative and progressive environment that produced more stabilized rates and inclusion in key USPS promotional opportunities.

Just prior to joining the ACMA Lynn was the USPS’s Manager, Strategic Account Operations, leading a team of senior sales professionals who focused exclusively in the Catalog, Mail Order, and E-commerce arena. In addition to his Postal positions, Lynn previously held key positions with leading direct marketing companies, including Cox Target Media, Market Logic, Catalina Marketing, Freesamples.com, and Advantage Direct.

Paul Miller

Vice President & Deputy Director

Association Matters, Marketing / Communications, Membership Relations

Named Vice President & Deputy Director in January 2010, Miller came to the ACMA following a lengthy career of more than two decades following the catalog/multichannel/e-commerce/retail businesses. Reporting to ACMA president & executive director Hamilton Davison, Miller oversees marketing and communications, membership development, and organizes and oversees ACMA’s National Catalog Forum, while working with Davison on most of ACMA’s postal-related efforts.

Miller started his career as a reporter with Catalog Showroom Business, following a form of retailing that was led by the likes of the Service Merchandise and Best Products retail chains.

After several years of editor/reporter roles with business magazines that followed the toy and gift industries, Miller was named associate editor of Catalog Age magazine (now Multichannel Merchant) in 1986. He rose up the ranks at Catalog Age over the next 18 years to be the magazine’s senior news editor.

Beginning in the late ’80s, Miller became Catalog Age’s postal beat reporter, where he’d follow key postal events and pull out the key catalog mail-related issues for readers. During that time, he attended many Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings and National Postal forums.

After leaving Catalog Age in 2004, Miller consulted with several catalogers and multichannel suppliers for a time, he was named news/website editor at Commercial Property News. Less than a year later, he was asked to take the reigns at Catalog Success (now All About ROI) where he served as editor-in- chief from 2006 till the end of 2009.

 

Mike Plunkett

President & Executive Director

Washington, legislative, lobbying matters

ACMA appointed Michael K. Plunkett as its President and Executive Director in January 2024, succeeding founder Hamilton Davison. Mr. Davison moved on to own and run a company. Mr. Plunkett brings years of executive leadership experience having been the President and CEO of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) since 2017.  In the newly-formed dual role, he will continue his current role with PostCom and the two organizations will operate separately.

During his tenure, PostCom has continued to lead the mailing and shipping industry on policy and regulatory matters and to work with Government agency partners to advance issues of importance to members. Mr. Plunkett is also President of the Delivery Technology Advocacy Council, a nonprofit launched in 2020 to concentrate on delivery and logistics technologies.

Prior to PostCom, Mr. Plunkett accumulated more than 25 years Postal experience with the United States Postal Service in numerous executive roles in operations, marketing, product development and pricing.  As a leader within the Postal Service’s management team, Mr. Plunkett developed a well-earned reputation for innovation by leading efforts to develop pricing agreements for domestic services and in the development of the forever stamp and the priority mail flat rate box.

Mr. Plunkett has testified on pricing and policy issues before the Postal Regulatory Commission and Congressional subcommittees.  He has authored and presented papers on postal policies, economics, and operations for National and International conferences.

Mr. Plunkett holds Masters Degrees in Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He earned a Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.