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USPS Rate Change Guide: January 2017

The United States Postal Service approved changes to postal rates that went into effect January 22nd, 2017. Depending on the service you use, rates are either going up or down.   Key Highlights: Marketing Mail – Prior naming was “Standard Mail”.  Which is the bulk mail that your printer/mailer presorts up front and enters at Bulk Mail Entry Units.  Pricing increase <1% Priority Mail Express – Increase 3.4% Priority Mail – Increase 3.9% Parcel Select – Increase as follows: Destination-entered non-Lightweight Parcel Select – 4.9% Parcel Select Lightweight – 8% Parcel Select Ground – 2.7% Additional Domestic Change – Increase as follows: Parcel Return Service – 5.5% First-Class Package Services – 4.1% Retail Ground – 3.8% Premium Forwarding Service – 3.8%   How the Rate Changes Stack Up First-Class Mail Single-Piece Marketing Mail (previously called Standard Mail) Select Rates for Other Services Mailing Methods will update all service offerings with the new prices and applicable regulations to ensure our customers are compliant and print postage correctly. We are committed to providing our customers with all USPS options as soon as they are available. Request a Mailing Methods Rate Poster to hang on your wall , or to learn more, get in touch…

USPS Rate Change Guide: April 2016

Each year the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) changes rates across various mail classes and services.  Often concurrent with these rate changes, the USPS may introduce or eliminate products, such as a Flat Rate Box, or new regulations, such as presorted mail requirements. On April 10, 2016, the USPS® is decreasing postage rates by an average of 1 to 2 cents per mail piece, depending on the class of mail. This reduces most Mailing Services products, everything from First-Class® Mail to Standard® Mail. This rate change will not affect product features or regulations and other mail classes remain unchanged.   Key Highlights: The average rate decreases for USPS products include: First-Class Mail® decreasing by 4.1% First-Class Mail International® decreasing by 3.8% Media Mail® decreasing by 4.0% Library Mail decreasing by 4.2% Certified Mail® decreasing by 4.3%   How the Rate Reductions Stack Up   First-Class Mail Single-Piece   First-Class Mail Bulk   First-Class Package Service   Standard Mail   Standard Mail – Non-Profit   Media Mail   Domestic Extra Services   Mailing Methods will update all service offerings with the new prices and applicable regulations to ensure our customers are compliant and print postage correctly. We are committed to providing our customers with…

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How We Use the Postal Service Today? Numbers Say it All

As the United States Postal Service enters the sixth month since Megan Brennan took reigns as the Postmaster General and CEO, there have been some notable changes throughout USPS. Truth be told, USPS services began growing before Brennan succeeded Patrick Donahoe, and the two partnership programs with Amazon, the “last mile” delivery program and the grocery-delivery-via-taxi pilot program in San Francisco are a testament to that. The focus, however, seems to be on expanding same-day delivery, which is not surprising, given the popular demand. After all, the Wall Street Journal recently quoted Brennan saying: Clearly, the consumer demand is such that we all want the package today. So we’re being responsive to that. The USPS Household Diary Study Of course, to understand how the USPS looks to the future, we need to figure out what is going on today. The USPS Household Diary Study is a report issued every year since 1987 and it is the best description of how Americans use the Postal Service. Here are a few takeaways from the report: Online is Now the Favored Bill Paying Method. U.S. customers have clearly moved away from paying their bills via mail to paying online. Of 11 billion different…