2014 Postal Rate Increase

Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.  The cost […]

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Are You Eligible for a USPS Tech Credit?

The USPS has a new program in which mailers can receive a one-time postage credit if they have met specified mail volumes during the period from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012.

Program Overview In order to encourage mailers to convert to Full-Service mailing standards, […]

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2013 Postage Rate Chart

We posted in an earlier blog that postage rates for all First Class, Standard and Non Profit mail would be increasing about 2.5% beginning January 27, 2013.  Details of these rates and applicable discounts for automation and destination entry drop shipping are available.  You can view […]

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Reminder of 2013 Postal Changes

With the new year almost upon us, we thought we should quickly review USPS changes coming in the new year.

Mail Piece Dimension Change:  The size for folded self-mailers changes on January 5, 2013.  The new maximum is 10 1/2 x 6 inches.  Anything larger than […]

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USPS Proposed Rate Increases for Business Mail

By now most have heard that the price of a First Class stamp will increase to $0.46 in January.  The rates for business mail – automated presorted mail – will also increase.

First Class mail will increase about $0.01 per piece or roughly 2.6%.  Standard mail […]

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Are You Optimizing Postal Processing to Lower Costs and Improve Mail Deliverability?

As U.S. postal rates continue to rise each year direct marketers are continually challenged to offset these costs, which can represent up to 65% of total direct mail project budgets. Yet many marketers fail to focus their cost-reduction efforts on postage, trying instead to reduce […]

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Mail Piece Design for Automation

Several of our associates recently attended a USPS presentation on how to design mail for the lowest cost and fastest delivery.  Given recent rate increases and upcoming facility closings, making sure your mail meets the best standards is increasingly important. The presentation covers many important […]

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U.S. Postal Service Plans to Allow Mailer Logos and Marks on Permit Indicia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service is planning to revise its mailing standards and has recently filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission to allow commercial mailers to include logos, trademarks, brand images or other kinds of marketing designs in the permit imprint indicia area of […]

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USPS Language for Class of Mail Regarding Personal Information

Did you know that the postal service closely monitors Standard mail to make sure that mailers are not including just transactional content?  For example, a mailer could send out a change-in-terms notice mailing, including the last four digits of the recipients account number, via  Standard […]

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How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?

When mailing a letter that weighs about one ounce, the U.S. Postal

Service’s 44 cents is one of lowest First Class postage rates. Whether

you are mailing a letter locally or sending a greeting card across

country, it still only costs 44 cents now, but will increase to […]

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