Archive for October, 2016

INSIDE THE 2017 POSTAGE RATES: USPS Files 2017 Mailing Standards Changes – MAIL: The Journal of Communication Distribution

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We take you inside the upcoming 2017 rate and regulation changed with these excerpts from Monday’s USPS Federal Notice filing of new mailing standards…

Source: INSIDE THE 2017 POSTAGE RATES: USPS Files 2017 Mailing Standards Changes – MAIL: The Journal of Communication Distribution

This is a great high level summary with topical links for more details.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 19th, 2016 at 10:41 am

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Dead Tree Edition: New Postal Rates Will Benefit Some Publishers and Printers

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 17th, 2016 at 9:11 am

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USPS Price Change January 2017

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The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products planning to take effect in January 2017. The proposal includes a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, which was the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was required to remove the exigent surcharge by the PRC. The new prices, if approved, include a single price for First-Class Mail commercial presort letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces and a reduction in the one ounce meter price to 46 cents. This pricing strategy is designed to keep bills and statements in the mail by continuing to add value to commercial First-Class Mail.

Standard Mail is being rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail to better align the product name with our customer’s use of this mail class. Proposed changes in Marketing Mail include removing the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) pricing which was of concern to mailers. This change will ensure that mailers pay for flats based on their volume density instead of the equipment flats are processed on. In addition, other changes include increasing the piece pound breakpoint from 3.3 to 4.0 ounces for Marketing Mail Flats and Parcel shaped pieces to encourage mailers to include more content, which will lead to more sales for mailers and support volume growth.

Some examples of new prices as follows:

  Exigent Price Current Price Proposed Price % Change

(Current to Proposed)

First-Class Letters        
  Meters $0.485 $0.465 $0.460 -1.1%
  Auto AADC $0.416 $0.399 $0.403 1.0%
  Auto 5-D $0.391 $0.376 $0.373 -0.8%
Marketing Mail Letters        
  Auto 5-D DSCF $0.221 $0.211 $0.217 2.8%
  Saturation DSCF $0.157 $0.151 $0.155 2.7%
Flats – Piece Rated        
  Auto 5-D DSCF $0.348 $0.333 $0.335 0.6%
  CR Basic DSCF $0.256 $0.245 $0.252 2.9%
  CR/CR Pallet DSCF $0.251 $0.240 $0.232 -3.3%
  CR/CR Pallet DDU $0.243 $0.233 $0.221 -5.2%

The last time Single Piece First-Class prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for Single Piece Letters. Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971. In addition, the incentive for Full-Service IMB remains the same at three tenths of a cent for First-Class and one tenth of a cent for Marketing Mail and Periodicals.  The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on January 22, 2017.

Pricing for Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at http://www.prc.gov/docs/97/97431/NOTICE-FINAL.pdf.  Today’s filing does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 13th, 2016 at 9:31 am

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Postal Pro

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USPS Postal Pro site http://beta.postalpro.usps.com/ has a really great feature you might not have noticed.

Every page, no matter where you are, has a Tab for providing feedback:

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This feedback tab has some very intuitive and slick tools to guide and enhance your comments.  While Postal Pro remains in Beta for the next few months, and as things are transitioned from the traditional RIBBS locations, be sure to help the development by providing feedback now.  Now is the time to shape the portal into what you might need, what can be improved upon, and what will become a great go-to resource as the content gets filled in.

There is also a MTAC Workgroup specific to Postal Pro.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 4th, 2016 at 10:29 am

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Federal Register :: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service® (Postal Service) is temporarily delaying the implementation date for establishing a new Customer Privacy Act System of Records (SOR) to support the Informed DeliveryTM service. This delay will enable the Postal Service to review and evaluate public comments, and determine if substantive changes to the proposed system are advisable or necessary.

DATES:

This system was previously scheduled to become effective on September 26, 2016. In view of comments received in advance of that date, the Postal Service has determined that it would be appropriate to delay the implementation of the SOR in its entirety while we consider what, if any, substantive changes may be required. If the Postal Service determines that certain portions of this SOR should be changed or eliminated, we will provide notice of that action, and publish a description of the revised SOR for further comment.

Source: Federal Register :: Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

LMB:  Interesting development.  Could this end up delaying the roll out of Informed Delivery service nationwide?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 3rd, 2016 at 10:31 am

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USPS debuts first Halloween-themed stamps

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The Iconic Symbols of Halloween Debuted on Forever Stamps Todaypr16_075

Source: USPS debuts first Halloween-themed stamps

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 3rd, 2016 at 10:07 am

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