Archive for 2013

USPS Appeals PRC decision on Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode requirements

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 28, 2013 | No Comments

USPS Appeals PRC decision – Takes the PRC to Court On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit to review the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  Order Number 1890, Order on Price Adjustments for Market Dominant Products and Related Mail Classification Changes, in PRC Docket […]

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PRC Approves USPS Exigent Price Increase Request – But it’s only temporary!!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 27, 2013 | No Comments

December 24th, 2013 The question has been answered.  The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC or The Commission) has approved the Postal Service’s request for an exigent price increase on market dominate products.  The approved pricing is being referred to as a surcharge and is only temporary.  Nevertheless, this surcharge will take effect  January 26, 2014.  This […]

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Decision on USPS Exigent Price Proposal expected December 20 – 22

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 18, 2013 | No Comments

A decision on the Exigent Price Proposal (above the CPI cap), filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on September 26th, 2013 is expected soon, just in time for the holidays.  If approved, the rates are expected to take effect on January 26th. The Exigent price proposal, if approved, could push prices up another 4.3% […]

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USPS 2014 Shipping Services (Competitive) Prices and Changes – Approved

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

12/12/2013 UPDATE: USPS® 2014 Shipping Services/Competitive Products Proposal APPROVED. Read the highlights below. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Postal Service® has submitted its final rule for its domestic competitive products pricing and mailing standards changes. This final rule will be effective on January 26, 2014. The USPS® has made the details available via a Federal Register that can […]

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The USPS responds to PRC’s decision to remand the Full-Service IMb mandate

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 2, 2013 | No Comments

Docket # R2013-10, submitted by the Postal Service to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), contained the agency’s official response to PRC Order 1890. In that Order, the PRC determined that the rates proposed for First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, and Periodicals would be inconsistent with the annual price cap limitation as calculated under 39 C.F.R. § 3010, if […]

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Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode mandate delayed – for now

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 30, 2013 | No Comments

USPS® Delays Implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Mandate The Postal Regulatory Commission’s  (PRC) recent ruling held that mandating the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb™) requirements constitutes a rate increase.   Due to this ruling, the Postal Service is delaying the January 26, 2014 implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail mandate for automation price discounts. Mailers who […]

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Market Dominant Prices and Regulatory Changes Approved!!!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 25, 2013 | No Comments

Market Dominant Prices and Regulatory Changes Approved – Full-Service IMb™ mandate not approved as proposed! On November 21st, 2013, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  issued a press release acknowledging its approval of the USPS proposed  Market Dominant prices for First-Class, Standard, Periodicals, Special Services, Package Services.  However, the entire impact of the price adjustment will not […]

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USPS Mailing Services Changes for 2014 – Presented by Pitney Bowes

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 20, 2013 | No Comments

  On September 26th, 2013, the USPS® filed two price and rate change proposals: CPI and Exigent.  The CPI price proposal is what we normally expect see every year.  The Exigent Proposal is the one that is causing the mailing industry to take a deep breath. If approved, the CPI price change would bring an across the […]

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A Mailers Step-by-Step Guide to Full-Service Intelligent Mail Compliance

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 20, 2013 | No Comments

Finally, a Step-by-Step Guide to Full-Service Intelligent Mail Compliance!  To participate in automation price discounts, the United States Postal Service® is requiring compliance to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® standards.  This mandate is effective January 26th, 2014.  Mailers who currently receive automation discounts by complying with Basic IMb™ requirements must make the transition to Full-Service to retain […]

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USPS Proposed 2014 Shipping Services prices released – 2.4% average increase

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 15, 2013 | No Comments

The USPS® has proposed a price increase on its Competitive Products, also known as Shipping Services.  If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, these new rates for Shipping Services would take effect January 26, 2014 and would include Priority Mail Express™, Priority Mail®, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, First-Class™ Package Service, Standard Post, Domestic Extra […]

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