Archive for 2014

USPS® Announces Proposed Promotions and Incentives for 2015

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 24, 2014 | No Comments

Promotion On Smartphone Shows Special Promotions

The U.S. Postal Service® has announced four cost-saving promotions and incentives for 2015. Not only are these promotions designed to save mailers money and generate new business, but they could also help the Postal Service™ reduce the decline in First-Class™ letter mail volume. In past years, the Postal Service has offered as many as eight […]


Megan Brennan Named First Female USPS® Postmaster General and CEO

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 19, 2014 | No Comments


The United States Postal Service® has announced that current COO Megan Brennan will succeed Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe as the 74th Postmaster General in 2015. The appointment came shortly after Donohoe announced his plans to retire in February 2015. Brennan’s appointment is significant, not just because of her lengthy resume with the organization, […]


Seven Days of Shipping: U.S. Postal Service Adds Sunday Delivery for Busy Holiday Season

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Holiday Shipping

The United States Postal Service has given its customers an early holiday present this year, by announcing yesterday that it would offer seven-day package delivery in select markets throughout the busy holiday season, from November 17 through Christmas Day. The decision should help offset the record shipping volumes expected by the USPS® this holiday season […]


USPS: No Price Changes for January 2015

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

USPS January 2015

The United States Postal Service has announced that mailing and shipping prices will not change in January 2015. This means that today’s prices on popular USPS® mailing and shipping services, including First-Class and Standard Mail letters and flats and First-Class Package Service, will remain in place through early next year. Also remaining unchanged will be […]


FedEx Shipping Rates Going Up in January 2015 – Know Your Options!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | September 18, 2014 | No Comments

FedEx price increase

On September 16, FedEx® announced that it would raise rates in January 2015 across the board by 4.9 percent. These rates will take effect on January 5. FedEx previously announced that it would implement Dimensional Weight pricing on all shipments. This change will also occur in January 2015. FedEx price increases scheduled for January 2015 […]


USPS offers enhanced Mailpiece Design Analyst support to Mailers

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | August 19, 2014 | No Comments

On Monday, August 18th, 2014 The U.S Postal Service PostalOne!HelpDesk announced new Mailpiece Design Analyst support services.  Their new help desk platform, the The MDA Customer Service Help Desk is a centralized process that connects customers directly with Mailpiece Design Analysts (MDAs) who have specialized mailpiece design expertise. MDAs can provide advice and evaluate mail pieces for automation compatibility and automation-based prices. They […]


USPS September 7th Changes Receive PRC Approval

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | August 18, 2014 | No Comments

The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission has approved the United States Postal Service’s® proposed changes to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®). This means that effective September 7, 2014, mailers will see changes in Priority Mail® pricing, and depending on the service selected, commercial mailers may see substantial commercial price decreases. That’s good news for Priority Mail® […]


USPS Publishes Final Rule on Priority Mail and other Proposed Changes for September 2014

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | August 14, 2014 | No Comments

The United States Postal Service® has published its Final Rule for proposed changes to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), to reflect changes to some of the prices for Priority Mail® and the mailing standards for Premium Forwarding Service Commercial™ competitive products. The USPS initially filed notice with the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission to adjust Priority Mail […]


Save $$$ on USPS Annual Permit Fees with Full-Service IMb

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 11, 2014 | No Comments

USPS® Adjusts Permit Fee Waiver Rules for Full-Service Intelligent Mail™ Barcode Pieces The United States Postal Service will soon change how it determines whether mailers that participate in the Full-Service Intelligent Mail™ Barcode (IMb) program are eligible for a waiver of annual permit fees. A permit mailer’s annual fee is currently waived if at least […]


Consumer Report highlights the value of USPS Priority Mail

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 9, 2014 | No Comments

Priority Mail labeled a Smart Choice! A report by ShopSmart, a Consumer Reports publication, demonstrates how the Postal Service™ is a smart choice for consumers. ShopSmart compared three carriers by shipping a 6-pound, medium-sized box from New York to San Francisco. The results: The USPS® offered the best value with its 2-day Priority Mail® Flat Rate service […]