Paul Kovlakas

Director, Postal Regulatory & Industry Affairs, US Government & Regulatory Affairs Team, Pitney Bowes

Paul serves as Director, Postal Regulatory & Industry Affairs on the US Government & Regulatory Affairs team at Pitney Bowes. He is responsible for Industry and Postal Service engagement on operational and regulatory issues, pricing and mailing & shipping requirements. For Pitney Bowes product and business stakeholders and clients, he represents their concerns to the USPS and helps them understand anticipated and announced postal priorities and requirements so that they can plan, decide and strategize more effectively. His 25-year career with Pitney Bowes includes over 22 years of experience in Product Development and Product Management of mailing and shipping solutions.

Articles by Paul Kovlakas

USPS® 2017 Rate Changes Reveal Incredible 3-Cent Savings

by Paul Kovlakas | December 7, 2016 | No Comments


The U.S. Postal Service® recently announced its slate of proposed rate changes for Mailing and Shipping Services, scheduled to go into effect January 22, 2017.  As part of the new 2017 rates, the postage price for one-ounce Metered First-Class™ Letters is dropping from 46.5 cents to 46 cents, while the postage rate for a one-ounce […]


USPS® Announces Shipping Services Rate Changes for January 2017

by Paul Kovlakas | November 10, 2016 | No Comments


The U.S. Postal Service recently released its proposed Mailing Service price changes for January 2017. Now, they have announced proposed price changes for Shipping Services too, also slated to go into effect on January 22, 2017. There are a number of price changes for domestic shipping services like Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail® and Parcel […]


USPS® Rings in the New Year with New Rate Changes

by Paul Kovlakas | November 8, 2016 | No Comments


When you wake up on New Year’s Day this January, postal rates admittedly may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Fair enough – but all the more reason you should be planning now to get out ahead of the planned USPS postal rate changes, and how they may impact your mailing bottom […]


USPS® Proposes August Rate Change on First-Class Mail Parcels

by Paul Kovlakas | July 14, 2016 | No Comments


The U.S. Postal Service announced this month that it will be implementing a rate change at the end of the summer, but only on a particular First-Class Mail® offering. The new rate change is slated to go into effect starting August 28, 2016. The approximately 7 percent increase is limited to First-Class Mail Parcels (FCMP) weighing 1-3 […]


USPS® April Postage Rates Reduction Highlights Importance of Online Postage & Postage Meter

by Paul Kovlakas | April 5, 2016 | No Comments

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service announced that, on April 10, 2016, it would reduce postage rates on Mailing Service products – including First-Class® Mail, Standard Mail® and Periodicals – by an average 4.3 percent. As we shared with you back in February, the reason for this rate drop has to do with the […]


USPS® to Reduce Rates on April 10, 2016

by Paul Kovlakas | February 29, 2016 | No Comments


You read that correctly: this April the U.S. Postal Service will be reducing postage rates for Mailing Services products, including First-Class® Mail, Standard Mail®, and Periodicals. Why a reduction? Like much of the country, the Postal Service was hit hard during the Great Recession. When economic activity dropped off, so did mailing – which, in turn, […]


New USPS® Rate Changes Take Effect January 17th

by Paul Kovlakas | January 12, 2016 | No Comments

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As announced last year, the U.S. Postal Service’s new rates for 2016 are slated to go into effect on Sunday, January 17th.  The question everyone is asking is: what is changing for me? First, it’s important to note that First Class Mail® is staying the same. Customers can still save with a postage meter, paying […]


Registration for New USPS® Promotions Opens January 15th

by Paul Kovlakas | January 6, 2016 | No Comments

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The U.S. Postal Service® has announced a series of new promotions for 2016, to help raise awareness among business shippers about some of the new innovations in mailing and shipping. For the last five years, the Postal Service has positioned these promotions to help customers adopt and invest in new, cutting-edge technologies.  The way these […]


USPS Announces Restrictions on ‘Hover Board’ Shipping

by Paul Kovlakas | December 18, 2015 | No Comments

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As of December 16, 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS®) is limiting the shipping of motorized balance boards, commonly referred to as ‘hover boards’, to ground services only. Motorized balance boards or hover boards can only be shipped via Standard Post™ or Parcel Select, as these services use ground transportation. This new policy is due […]


USPS January 2016 Rate Increase for Mailing and Shipping Services

by Paul Kovlakas | November 24, 2015 | 8 Comments


The United States Postal Service (USPS®) will be raising rates on commercial Priority Mail® products – for the first time in three years – as well as for other Shipping Services products, effective January 17, 2016. The average rate increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent, while the average overall Shipping Services rate increase is […]