Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics

Center for Research in Regulated Industries

The center, in conjunction with the Centre for a Digital Society (formerly Florence School of Regulation – Communications and Media), holds an international conference on postal economics and postal policy. This is the latest in a series of international conferences and workshops which began in 1990, sponsored by leading national post offices, express carriers, labor, and consultants. Papers presented at the conferences are published in the series of postal economics books.

The latest of the series is The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World, edited by Pier Luigi Parcu, Timothy J. Brennan and Victor Glass, Springer, 2019. Conference participants receive a copy of the published book resulting from the the conference they attend. This is the 23rd book published from this program.

The topics covered have grown considerably in scope from the early days when the program was built around regulatory and monopoly issues. Now strategy, competition, innovation, marketing, competition, universal service, cost analysis, demand analysis and new services have all become matters of considerable interest. These are issues facing the new generation of postal companies. Discussion of these issues is important not just for the innovators but also for other major posts in transition and leading couriers and parcel companies.

The center's first conferences on postal economics and policy were held in 1990 in Rugby, England and in 1992 in La Londe les Maures, France. The center was honored for its work in the area of postal and delivery economics by the European Express Organization with their Hermes Award for 1992. To this date there have been 23 conferences and 8 workshops held.


The 31st Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics will be held in Gdańsk, Poland, on May 24 - 26, 2023.

Postal and Delivery Service Programs

30th CPDE May 25-27, 2022
Rimini, Italy
27th CPDE May 22-25, 2019
Dublin, Ireland
26th CPDE May 30- June 2, 2018
Split, Croatia
25th CPDE May 24-27, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
24th CPDE May 18-21, 2016
Florence, Italy
Workshop April 1, 2016
Washington, DC 20006
73 Participants
23rd CPDE June 3-6, 2015
Athens, Greece
120 Participants
Workshop March 27, 2015
Washington, DC, USA
65 Participants
22nd CPDE June 4-7, 2014
Frascati, Italy
150 Participants
Workshop April 4, 2014
Washington, DC, USA
50 Participants
21st CPDE May 29-June 1, 2013
Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland
165 Participants
Workshop April 12, 2013
Washington, DC, USA
45 Participants
20th CPDE May 30-June 2, 2012
Brighton, U.K.
205 Participants
Workshop April 6, 2012
Washington, DC, USA
51 Participants
19th CPDE June 1-4, 2011
St. Helier, Jersey
170 Participants
Workshop April 1, 2011
Washington, DC, USA
75 Participants
18th CPDE June 2-5, 2010
Porvoo, Finland
180 Participants
17th CPDE May 27-30, 2009
Bordeaux, France
179 Participants
16th CPDE May 28-June 1, 2008
Albufeira, Portugal
201 Participants
15th CPDE May 30-June 2, 2007
Semmering, Austria
216 Participants
14th CPDE May 31-June 3, 2006
Bern, Switzerland
214 Participants
13th CPDE June 1-4, 2005
Antwerp, Belgium
203 Participants
12th CPDE June 2-5, 2004
Cork, Ireland
201 Participants
11th CPDE June 4-7, 2003
Toledo, Spain
183 Participants
10th CPDE June 5-8, 2002
Potsdam, Germany
180 Participants
9th CPDE June 6-9, 2001
Sorrento, Italy
175 Participants
8th CPDE June 7-10, 2000
Vancouver, Canada
150 Participants
7th CPDE June 23-26, 1999
Sintra, Portugal
159 Participants
6th CPDE June 17-20, 1998
Montreux, Switzerland
113 Participants
5th CPDE June 11-14, 1997
Helsingor, Denmark
153 Participants
4th CPDE May 22-25, 1996
Monterey, California
90 Participants
Workshop June 7-10, 1995
Naantali, Finland
65 Participants
Workshop June 1-4, 1994
Hakone, Japan
33 Participants
3rd CPDE May 18-21, 1994
Stockholm, Sweden
65 Participants
Workshop June 25-28, 1993
Daun, Germany
37 Participants
2nd CPDE March 18-21, 1992
La Londe les Maures, France
71 Participants
1st CPDE July 22-25, 1990
Coton House, Rugby, England
65 Participants