Archive for July, 2014

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 […]

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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 […]

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FedEx and UPS to expand Dimensional Weight Pricing

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 2, 2014 | No Comments

On May 2nd, 2014, FedEx® announced pricing changes for FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground.  FedEx Freight® will increase its published fuel surcharge indices by 3 percentage points, effective June 2, 2014.  FedEx Ground will apply dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 1, 2015. Currently, FedEx Ground applies dimensional weight pricing only to packages […]

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Priority Mail price changes proposed for September 2014

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 1, 2014 | No Comments

The United States Postal Service® today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to change Priority Mail® prices, including a reduction in prices on average for businesses and other customers who use Commercial Plus and Commercial Base online shipping services. The price changes, if approved, will include a modest increase for Priority Mail prices […]

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USPS Suspends Electronic Delivery Confirmation International to Seven Countries

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 1, 2014 | No Comments

In July 2013, the Postal Service™ announced expansion of Electronic Delivery Confirmation International Service to countries in addition to Canada. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service is available only electronically by using USPS-approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship, Click-N-Ship for Business, Webtools, and Global Shipping Software (GSS) or other USPS-approved software.  Effective June 12, 2014, the USPS has […]

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USPS Announces Plans to resume Network Rationalization in 2015

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

The United States Postal Service® issued a letter to its customers advising of its plans to resume rationalization (closures and consolidations) of its network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012.  To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service™ is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 […]

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