Newsworthy stories about junk mail are a rarity, but when there's something interesting happening in the world of junk mail I usually write about it. A more informal coverage of everything junk mail can be found in the Diary.
- The Direct Marketing Association has conceded that it can't substantiate its claim that unsolicited mail generates over £25 billion of postal sales per year.
- A private members bill aimed at tackling postal scams has been binned. Rather than "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut" the problem can be solved by raising awareness.
- Government has launched a consultation on its proposal to repeal the Pedlars Act 1871 and 1881. The Local Government Association warns that scrapping the Act may encourage cold callers.
- Royal Mail is making a healthy profit again. Thanks to higher stamp prices and an increase in parcel deliveries the company earned £144m in the six months to September 2012. Junk mail volumes have increased only slightly.
- Yell has been renamed 'Hibu'. Meanwhile, the Office of Fair Trading has concluded that the Yellow Pages directory no longer has a monopoly on 'classified directory advertising'.
Diary of Junk Mail Campaigner is my blog. Here are the latest five entries:
Royal Junk Mail is a 'catablog' listing all unaddressed junk mail I receive from the postman. Royal Mail warns people wanting to register with its Door-to-Door Opt-Out that they may miss “
important information” if they do so. But how much “
important information” is distributed via the company's door-to-door scheme? And how does the amount of “
important information” weigh up to the amount of unimportant rubbish the postman pushes through the door?