Archive for December, 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 […]


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 […]


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% […]


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 […]


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 […]