Archive for May, 2013

Attention Mailers: Express Mail to be renamed Priority Mail Express

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Express Mail Classification Change On April 24th, 2013, pursuant to 39 C.F.R. §§ 3020.90 and 3020.91, the United States Postal Service® submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), notice of minor changes to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS). The proposed changes reflect the Postal Service’s plan to rename Express Mail® and Express Mail International® as Priority […]


Signature Confirmation™ vs. USPS Tracking™/Delivery Confirmation™: What’s the difference?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 22, 2013 | 13 Comments

OVERVIEW In order to minimize postage fees associated with Extra Services, mailers must first determine what they need to accomplish.  In choosing between Signature Confirmation and USPS Tracking, it really boils down to whether or not a signature is required. Choosing the right extra service option can save on postal expenses as some options are offered […]


What the Postal Service wants You to Know

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 22, 2013 | 4 Comments

Just the Facts! For more than 235 years, the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering the nation’s mail in snow, rain and the dark of night. However, tough economic and market conditions and unrealistic legislative expectations have created challenges that have never before been faced. Misconceptions about the future of the U.S. Postal Service abound […]


USPS® proposes insurance with most Priority Mail® – no additional charge

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

On May 10, 2013, the Postal Service™ filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR 3010, announcing a plan to automatically include, at no additional charge, $50 or $100 of insurance coverage with most Priority Mail® pieces. The price change is scheduled to take effect July 28, 2013. […]


USPS® Stamp Prices Could Rise Again – Oh my!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

USPS® IS EVALUATING ANOTHER PRICE INCREASE As the USPS® continues to take steps to resolve its financial and organizational challenges, mailers must again consider adopting or expanding existing mailing cost reduction strategies. The U.S. Postal Service board will look into hiking postage prices on all types of mail, as losses continue to plague the agency, the chief of the […]


USPS® Product Samples Mail Promotion open for Registration – May 1st

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 14, 2013 | No Comments

MAIL PROMOTION TO HELP TURN ‘TRIERS’ INTO ‘BUYERS’ Source: If they try it, they’ll buy it. That’s the message the U.S. Postal Service is sending to consumer packaged goods companies and other marketers with its Product Samples mail promotion. Designed to re-invigorate product sampling through the mail, the Product Samples promotion — running Aug.1 – […]


ACS™, NCOALink™, ASE – Enabling Move Update compliance

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 13, 2013 | No Comments

INTRODUCTION The Move Update standard is a means of reducing the number of mailpieces in a commercial mailing that require forwarding, returning, or treating as waste by periodically matching a mailer’s address records with change-of-address orders maintained by the Postal Service. To qualify for commercial prices for First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service and Standard Mail […]


A Path to Full Service IMb™ compliance with SmartMailer™ and AddressRight®Pro

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 2, 2013 | 14 Comments

OVERVIEW There are a number of steps that must be taken before a mailer can produce Full Service mailings. The process can take several weeks so mailers are encouraged to begin as soon as possible. By transitioning sooner rather than later, mailers will be able to take advantage of the additional Full Service discount, free […]