The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”). This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices.
USPS is proposing a 3 cent postage increase for 1st class stamp.
Wednesday The United States post Office proposed a 3 cent increase for a First Class Postage Stamp. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission this increase would take effect on January 26th 2014 and a 1st Class Letter would be $0.49 cents.
If passed the cost of a 1st Class Postcard would increase 1 cent to $0.34 cents.
The USPS Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett stated:
Of the options currently available to the Postal Service to align costs and revenues, increasing postage prices is a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges
Stay tuned for further developments.
The United States Postal Service said today that they will delay its plan to cut delivery of the mail to 5 days saying restrictive language in Congress temporary government funding prohibits the new schedule.
The U.S. Postal Service said it will hold off on the plan until legislation is passed that provides the U.S. Postal Service with authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.
The plan to start 5 day delivery was set to start on August 5th 2013.
In 2013 the U.S. Postal service will be releasing an annual promotional calendar to notify marketers of upcoming promotions. This “2013 Mailing Services Promotions Calendar” will house 6 promos designed to produce interest in the benefits of mobile barcodes in direct mail, and become more successful in marketing campaigns.
“The promotions that are being planned for the coming year will help grow awareness of the ways in which technology can improve the effectiveness of direct mail,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. “The ‘2013 Mailing Services Promotions Calendar’ also will give commercial mailers more time to plan their campaigns so that they can take full advantage of both postage savings and marketing opportunities to engage their customers with targeted, tangible and personal communications.”
These proposed promotional details are subject to review by the Postal Regulatory Commission:
The United States Post Office just announced the new folded self mailing standards that will go into effect in January 2013.
These standards will affect many mailers on how they design the mail piece and which stock they can print it on.
Below is a link and or download option of the Folding Self Mailer Workshop Presentation that the USPS provided to assist mailers who mail Folded Self Mailers.
Beginning in early 2013, the Postal Service will be introducing a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. This new stamp will give customers the ability to mail letters anywhere in the world for only $1.10. The First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp is only 1 of the new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in January. The new $0.46 Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good when mailing a 1 ounce letter now or in the future, even with postage increases.
The First-Class Mail pricing Highlights, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:
- Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to $0.46
- Letters additional ounces – remain at $0.20
- Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) - $1.10
- Postcards – 1-cent increase to $0.33
Prices on all products (Mailing and Shipping services) will increase by 4%, but prices for Mailing Services, such as regular letters & advertising matter, will increase by only 2.6%. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is going to analyze all of the prices before they become active January 27, 2013. These filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices will be accessible at http://pe.usps.com.
Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January as well. USPS will be offering FREE tracking on all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).
Customers will now have an option for a signature upon delivery when shipping Critical Mail letters and flats as part of the service offering.
A large assortment of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products will include:
- Small box – $5.80
- Medium box – $12.35
- Large box – $16.85
- Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
- Regular envelope – $5.60
Based on the recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Postal Service had a price inflation of 2.570 % which included the various unused price adjustment authority by class. The average increases are below:
The Postal Service asked for the approval for a total of six promotions (i.e. QR Code, etc.) to be held over the year according to a file sent to the Postal Regulatory Commission. Customers raised a concern that they did not have enough time to take part in the promotions. The Postal Service is addressing these concerns.
The promotions include:
- Mobile Coupon/Click-to-Call - A promotion that pursues an increase in the value of direct mail by accentuating the integration of mail with mobile technology in 2 specific ways. First, the promotion would encourage mailers to combine coupons in the mail with mobile-optimized platforms for redemption. Second, it will promote understanding of mail containing mobile codes with “click-to-call” capabilities.
- Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion - This promotion is designed to push the use of First-Class Mail® as a primary reply tool for their customers.
- Emerging Technology - This promotion was created to build on the achievements of past mobile barcode promotions by promoting how innovative technology can be integrated with a direct mail strategy to increase the value of direct mail.
- Picture Permit - The Picture Permit promotion was created to promote the use of picture permit imprint indicia to increase its view as a marketing tool.
- Product Samples - This promotion will regain product sampling via the mail by discounting qualified product samples.
- Mobile Buy-it-Now - This promotion will encourage mailers to entrust technologies that will strengthen consumers interaction with mail, and exhibit how direct mail can be an easy method for consumers to do their holiday shopping.
Description of Prices: The 3 classes that will be focused on are: Standard Mail, Periodicals & Packages Services.
On June 27, 2012, the Postal Service filed a Notice of Price Adjustment with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion tentatively scheduled to run November 7 – 21, 2012, with registration beginning September 15, 2012. Pending PRC approval, the proposed holiday promotion is designed to spur mobile purchasing by putting mobile-optimized promotional offers, coupons and catalogs into their customers’ hands in time for Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping sprees.
As technology changes the marketing landscape, the Postal Service must ensure that direct mail continues to be a relevant part of the marketing mix. This promotion is intended to show how direct mail combined with mobile technology can be a convenient method for consumers to do their holiday shopping.
This is the third promotion the Postal Service has offered to encourage the integration of mail and mobile technology – the initial being the 2011 Mobile Barcode Promotion, and the second is the Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion that begins this Sunday, July 1st.
Discount and Rebate Amounts
United States Post Office Inspection Service warns of fraudulent customer emails!
The United States Postal Inspection Service wants to alert you about fraudulent emails sent to postal customers.
The sent emails claim to be from “USPS Global,” “Global Services” or “USPS customer services.” These emails inform customers that a package is being held for them and they will be charged for each day the package is unclaimed. The fraudulent email also gives customers an invalid label reference number. If you get one of these emails, DO NOT click the URL link! When clicking on the URL accompanying this number, a virus infects their computers.
Postal employees have been receiving complaints about these emails and have been apologizing for any inconvenience and assure customers that the emails are not from the Postal Service. Customers also should be informed that the United States Postal Inspection Service already is aware of the fraudulent messages.
If you would like like to report further fraudulent issues you can do so by notifying the Inspection Service by sending an email to email@example.com.
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The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the postage price adjustment for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail letters, flats, and cards (presort and automation) that contain a qualifying mobile barcode inside or on the mail pieces.
The Postal Service will revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail
Manual (DMMR) 709.3 to add a new temporary promotion in the summer of 2012 for Presorted and automation First-
Class Mail cards, letters and flats, and Standard Mail letters and flats bearing two-dimensional mobile barcodes or equivalent print technology.
Effective Date: July 1, 2012, through August 31, 2012.
WASHINGTON DC ~ Bipartisan plan announced by the United States Senate this week would throw a lifeline to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) while keeping a six-day mail delivery for at least the next two years. ~ Associated Press reported.
Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee will look at the proposal next week. In this new proposal, along with many other things, encourages cuts in employee staff and refunding the nearly $7 billion in overpayments USPS paid into the Federal Employee Retirement System.
This inturn could be used to offer early retirement to a large number of postal workers.
Click on the file below to see the details of the January 22nd Postage increase.
As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, with their smartphones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for USPS to maintain the largest retail network in the country diminishes.
To that end, the Postal Service today announced it is taking the next step in rightsizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also has introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation
2D QR Code / Scan Me
The benefits of using QR Codes
In my opinion QR Codes are the biggest innovation to hit the print world since color ink!
The reason I say this is that recent reports show many sites have more people access websites from mobile devices than from a PC. QR Codes are for print what hyperlinks are for online. Imagine a simple little scan from a mobile device and your client, prospect or participant will land directly on your product or service that you desire. “It’s that simple”! No more typing into a small phone QWERTY keyboard is enough incentive to put a QR Code on every direct mail piece you can. The “KEY” QR Code use is to make it simple for your audience. With the enormous amount of smart phones on the market, which is rapidly growing the QR Code will be around for a very long time.
Canada Post Employees Back-To- Work Tonight
USPS To Begin Accepting Mail Destined For Canada Tomorrow
Back-To-Work Legislation was passed by Canadian Government Sunday night. Canadian Postal employees will be back on the job beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m. The USPS will begin accepting mail for Canada, June 28th, 2011. Mail being held in the USPS network since the lockout began is now being released and transported into Canada.
Canada Post and Union at an Impasse
A Vote on Back To Work Legislation Coming Soon
United States Postal Service is still not accepting any mail to Canada except for GXG (Global Express Guaranteed®).
Legislation was introduced earlier in the week to the Canadian Government to force workers back to work. With the contract negotiations between the union and Canada Post at a standstill, The Canadian Government will now begin the discussion and voting process to move forward. Canada Post has notified the USPS that the Canadian Government has agreed to work through the weekend if necessary to bring this legislation to a vote. We will await the results of the vote and Canada Post's anticipated return to normal operations. Once Forum Printing has that information we will update you as to when we will again be accepting shipments to Canada.
CANADA POST SUSPENDS OPERATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
USPS CONTINGENCY PLAN
Canada Post announced last night that they are suspending service nation-wide effective immediately and until further notice. USPS officials have been in constant contact with Canada Post and will continue to closely monitor the strike situation and work on contingency plans to keep as much mail flowing into Canada as possible.
At this time, the Postal Service will continue to accept and process mail destined to Canada. If Canada Post is unable to end the strike by COB tomorrow, June 16, 2011, all mail service to Canada will be suspended with the exception of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG).
2011 Mobile Barcode Promotion
The Mobile Barcode Promotion was approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission on May 17, 2011.
Mobile barcodes are two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by any smartphone with a 2d barcode reader application. These mobile barcodes, when scanned, can direct an otherwise passive customer to take immediate action – make a purchase, register for an event, or download a coupon.
The Mobile Barcode Promotion was designed to build awareness of mobile barcodes and demonstrate to mailers how mobile barcodes can increase the value of mail, while "blurring" the lines between online and offline marketing.
How does the Program work?
The Mobile Barcode Promotion runs July 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011, providing business mailers with an upfront three percent discount on Standard Mail and First-Class Mail® letters and flats that include a mobile barcode.
Another winter storn has slowed or stalled mail delivery in many upper midwest communities.
March snow storms can produce a lot of wet heavy snow that can really slow things down. This snow storm has produced a lot of it and closed many highways and forced much of the mail to come to a halt as well.
Click here to read all about it in The Forum of Fargo Moorhead.
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Forum Communications Printing ( Printing plants in Fargo, West Fargo, ND & Detroit Lakes, MN) moved up in the ranking from prior year not from more sales but from other printers losing dollar volume from the poor economic conditions!
BREAKING NEWS - New Postal Service Pricing Announced - Postmaster General Reaches Out to Business Mailers
2011 Priority Mail Cubic Tier Measurement Modification Available for Early Adoption — No Exception Required