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2010 Summer Sale Fact Sheet Correction-Update

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The 2010 Summer Sale Fact sheet has been replaced with a new version  to “correct an error”, per the USPS yesterday.

UPDATED 3/17/2010 – Thank you to Norine Butte of NASML for getting this info:
Changes to the 2010 Summer Sale Fact Sheet – On page 1 right column heading “Mail Sent through a Mail Service Provider Permit” has been changed to “Mailpieces Sent through a Mail Service Provider Permit”. In addition the sample calculations in numbers 7 and 8 on the second page were also changed.

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March 17th, 2010 at 11:28 am

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Summer Mail Sale Returns – USPS Press Release

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March 8th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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Summer Mail Sale Returns

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March 7th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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Spring Sale Option for the USPS

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January 7th, 2010 at 11:00 am

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Irrational Pricing at the Postal Service

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October 28th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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No Price Increases or Exigent Increase for USPS in 2010 – Officially

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From the DMM Advisory, and a MTAC Communication – finally some good news for mailers!

To Postal Service Customers:

Many of you have expressed concerns regarding mailing costs for 2010. The tough economic climate has presented significant challenges to all of us and pessimistic speculation has suggested that postal prices could increase by as much as 10 percent.

As we begin a new fiscal year and as many of you, our business clients, are preparing your 2010 operating budgets, we want to end all speculation.

The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010.

Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, single-piece Parcel Post. There will be no exigent price increase for these products.

This is the right decision at the right time for the right reason. Promoting the value of mail and encouraging its continued use is essential for jobs, the economy, and the future of both the Postal Service and the mailing industry.

While increasing prices might have generated revenue for the Postal Service in the short term, the long term effect could drive additional mail out of the system. We want mailers to continue to invest in mail to grow their business, communicate with valued customers, and maintain a strong presence in the marketplace. Changes in pricing for our competitive products-Priority Mail, Express Mail, Parcel Select, and most international products-are under consideration. We expect to announce a decision in November.

We are committed to working with customers to find ways to grow the mail through innovative incentives like the Summer Sale and contract pricing. Mail is the most effective means of communication and advertising and we will continue to work together to increase the value of the mail. Mail is a smart investment for the future.

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October 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

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First-Class Mail Incentive

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Per the DMM Advisory, the Postal Rate Commission has approved the First-Class Mail Incentive Fall Sale.  For details, and to sign up to participate, visit the First-Class Mail Incentive website here.

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September 18th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

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First-Class Mail Incentive Website Update

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Update – Minutes after posting this blog entry, for giggles, I clicked on the link again.  Seems the website is now up.  I assure you it was not up this morning, but it is now.

At least is is as of 1:33pm Eastern.  You’ll have to take your chances.

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After trying to access the previously-announced First-Class Mail Incentive webpage for several days, I contacted the USPS and got an update on the page launch date.

The page will now become activated on August 28th.  In the meantime (and even after the page is launched), if you have any questions you can contact the very helpful folks at firstclassmailincentive@usps.gov.

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August 25th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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Deflation Will Keep Postal Rates In Check — Maybe

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August 17th, 2009 at 10:31 am

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First-Class Mail Incentive

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UPDATE:  Please note–
the web page
http://usps.com/firstclassmailincentive

will not be active until Friday, August 28th

From the PCC Insider:

The First-Class Mail Incentive will give eligible companies a 20 percent postage rebate on presorted letter, flat and card volumes that exceed a predetermined threshold. The incentive runs Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 this year. This is how the program works:

  • To be eligible for the incentive, a company must have mailed 500,000 or more non-parcel First-Class Mail presort pieces between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 in both 2007 and 2008.
  • Companies interested in taking advantage of the incentive can register online after Aug. 21 at http://usps.com/firstclassmailincentive. The deadline for registration is Nov. 1, 2009.
  • Participants will be asked to provide documentation to verify their 2007 and 2008 monthly volumes for the period of Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, and January 2009. Some companies may need to work with their mail service provider to obtain accurate counts. The percentage increase or decrease calculated between 2007 and 2008 volumes will be applied to the company’s 2008 volume to establish the incentive threshold.
  • First-Class Mail presort volume above the threshold will qualify for a 20 percent postage rebate, which will be credited to the company’s trust account after the incentive ends and all qualifying volumes are reconciled.
  • A volume threshold also will be established for September 2009 and January 2010 using the same calculation as the incentive threshold. If a participating company’s First-Class Mail presort volume does not meet these thresholds, the difference will be deducted from the incentive rebate volume.

In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the First-Class Mail Incentive will undergo a 45-day review prior to implementation.

Questions? Send an e-mail to firstclassmailincentive@usps.gov.

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August 14th, 2009 at 11:08 am

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