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