PRC Extends Postal Service’s Exigent Surcharge, Likely Into Spring 2016

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |August 13, 2015|No Comments

USPS Exigent Rate

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has ruled that the United States Postal Service’s (USPS®) temporary exigent rate increase will remain in place beyond this year and likely through Spring 2016. Prior to the ruling, there was some thought that exigent surcharge of 4.3 percent – implemented January 26, 2014, for Market Dominant products First Class […]


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® […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


USPS® changes are coming in July 2014 – Are you ready?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |May 6, 2014|No Comments

It seems like yesterday that the industry was adjusting to the USPS® January 2014 price and regulatory changes. To be truthful, many mailers are still in a period of adjustment.  Nevertheless, in our industry, the only constant is change.  In keeping with this reality, the USPS® has proposed both structural and non-structural changes that could take effect in July 2014. Though nothing yet […]