Archive for October, 2015

Campaign to make exigent forever – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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Over the past five years, USPS management has made multiple attempts—at the regulator, at the federal appeals court, and in Congress—to price well above the rate of inflation because it lost volume during the 2007-2009 recession. U.S. Postal Service leaders need to know that this is more than an academic exercise. It is anathema to retaining existing mail customers.

Source: Campaign to make exigent forever – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers : Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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October 27th, 2015 at 11:38 pm

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When Titans collide: UPS petitions the PRC to change USPS costing methodologies | Save the Post Office

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The United Parcel Service is very concerned that you might be paying too much for a postage stamp.

If you’re wondering why UPS would be worried about something like that, it has to do with the way postal rates are set.  According to the law, each USPS product is supposed to cover its share of the Postal Service’s operating costs, which includes costs attributable to that product as well as a share of total institutional costs.

UPS believes that market-dominant products — First Class mail, Standard mail, and periodicals — are covering more than their fair share of the Postal Service’s operating costs, while competitive products — Priority and most shipping services — are not paying enough.

As a result, argues UPS, the average customer who buys a First-Class stamp is paying too much because part of the stamp’s price is being used to subsidize competitive products.  UPS wants the cost allocation methodology changed so that competitive products pay a larger share of the Postal Service’s operating costs.

Source: When Titans collide: UPS petitions the PRC to change USPS costing methodologies | Save the Post Office

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 26th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

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New USPS Vice President of Corporate Communications | postalnews.com

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On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Postal Service announced that Janice Walker will be joining their ranks as Vice President of Corporate Communications. Ms. Walker will be responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications; leading efforts to advance public understanding of USPS products, services, and corporate mission.

Source: New USPS Vice President of Corporate Communications | postalnews.com

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 20th, 2015 at 9:15 am

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OIG Audit Report: U.S. Postal Service Promotions Program – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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Background The U.S. Postal Service implemented its Promotions Program in 2011 to encourage mailers to integrate technology with the mail and build customer awareness of mail use beyond standard letter and package delivery. As a result, it promotes the value of mail and provides an opportunity for mail to remain competitive in an increasingly digital […]

Source: OIG Audit Report: U.S. Postal Service Promotions Program – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 19th, 2015 at 11:05 pm

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USPS Commercial Priority Mail Price Increase January 2016

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First Price Increase in Three Years for Commercial Priority Mail Scheduled for January 2016

  • No Increase in Forever Stamp Prices or Other Mailing Product Prices
  • No Increase in Shipping Prices Until After the Holiday Season

WASHINGTON — Today the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of proposed price changes for its Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the conclusion of the holiday season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Mail or any other Postal Service Mailing product such as the Forever stamp.

The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.

The new prices, if approved, represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail. The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year.

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 17, 2016. The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC website under the Daily Listings section: http://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily.

The Postal Service continues to enable America’s e-commerce growth and enhance its portfolio of mailing and shipping solutions to best meet the evolving needs of our business and residential customers.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund our operations. The price changes which the Postal Service has proposed today help to fund our infrastructure and support our ability to provide prompt, reliable and efficient universal service to the American public.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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Video: Greta Brings Attention To Rusted Collection Box In DC |

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October 14th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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How Can the Postal Service Simplify Pricing for Letters and Flats? | USPS Office of Inspector General

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In May 2015 the U.S. Postal Service published a market dominant mail price schedule that included 730 price points for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail letters and flats. Streamlining the price schedule could enable the Postal Service to attract and retain customers who may otherwise look to alternatives to mail. Our audit will evaluate the Postal Service’s pricing schedule for market dominant products.

We will also do a comparative analysis of the Postal Service’s pricing schedule against foreign posts. We want to determine whether the Postal Service could simplify its prices to increase mail volume.

  • How would a more streamlined pricing structure improve the customer experience?
  • Would a streamlined pricing model help boost volume for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail? If so, how?
  • Which price points do you think could be combined?

Source: How Can the Postal Service Simplify Pricing for Letters and Flats? | USPS Office of Inspector General

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 14th, 2015 at 8:33 am

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Who Is Picking Up All the Empty Amazon Fresh Totes?

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It seems the US Postal Service would like to get paid for picking up all those empty Amazon Fresh totes that it delivers for the company’s grocery service, a new filing with the PRC indicates.

Source: Who Is Picking Up All the Empty Amazon Fresh Totes?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 13th, 2015 at 8:46 am

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Return to sender, address unknown: USPS v. SCE and the high cost of undeliverable mail | Save the Post Office

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October 12th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

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Dead Tree Edition: Judge Ridicules Change-of-Address Regulations

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2015 at 9:35 am

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