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 […]

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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 Delays Elimination of Business Reply Mail Parcels Indefinitely

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |June 7, 2014|No Comments

Per Federal Register Notice, Vol. 79, 108  dated June 5th, 2014, The United States Postal Service® gave notice that the enforcement date of January 25, 2015, for eliminating mailers’ option to use Business Reply Mail®  (BRM) to pay postage for parcel-shaped items, previously published on December 18, 2013, in a final rule in the Federal Register (78 FR 76548–76560), is hereby deferred until […]

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The USPS is serious about package and mailpiece visibility:Carriers get new Scanners

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

USPS to deploy 75,000 next-generation package scan devices Source: Post and Parcel News http://postandparcel.info/60503/news/it/usps-to-deploy-75000-next-generation-package-scan-devices/ and FCW by Adam Mazmanian The United States Postal Service® has invested in new scanning technology to improve package and mailpiece visibility and trace capabilities in its package business. The world’s largest postal service has invested in new handheld electronic scanners provided by supplier […]

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Understanding the USPS Intelligent Mail package barcode surcharge – Part 2 Meter Users

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |January 8, 2014|4 Comments

In the post, Understanding the USPS Intelligent Mail package barcode surcharge Part 1, background on the IMpb, the noncompliant fee calculation, and IMpb exclusions were presented.  In this post, Part 2, much of the confusion as to what postage meter users must do to comply, when, and if there is a penalty for non-compliance will be […]

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Understanding the USPS Intelligent Mail package barcode surcharge – Part 1

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |January 8, 2014|3 Comments

The purpose of this post is to explain how the USPS will apply the Intelligent Mail® package barcode( IMpb), what the surcharge thresholds are, and to provide an example that should help explain the surcharge even further. Background The Postal Service has a strategic vision that includes being able to track every single piece of […]

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USPS 2014 Pricing – Extra Services

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |January 7, 2014|No Comments

This is the third post of a three-part series highlighting January 26, 2014 USPS price changes for Market Dominant Products.  This post will feature the most common USPS Extra Services and approved 2014 pricing. Important to note is that electronic options for services like Return Receipt and Signature Confirmation offer substantial savings over traditional methods. […]

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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 […]

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USPS Proposed 2014 Shipping Services prices released – 2.4% average increase

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |November 15, 2013|No Comments

The USPS® has proposed a price increase on its Competitive Products, also known as Shipping Services.  If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, these new rates for Shipping Services would take effect January 26, 2014 and would include Priority Mail Express™, Priority Mail®, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, First-Class™ Package Service, Standard Post, Domestic Extra […]

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Understanding the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™)

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |November 2, 2013|No Comments

Pitney Bowes has IMpb™ Compliant Solutions for mailers….Read on!!! Effective January 26, 2014, The Postal Service™ is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service®, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to require the use of the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™) on all commercial parcels, and to require the transmission of supporting electronic documentation including piece-level […]

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