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® Resubmits April Rate Change Proposal to PRC

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |March 17, 2015|No Comments

USPS April Rate Change

Editor’s Note: On April 16, the USPS refiled its proposal with the PRC. Please see here for more information. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has responded to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) ruling that it must revise certain elements of its rate change proposal, scheduled to be implemented in April. On March 12, the USPS […]


USPS Proposes Rate Changes for April 2015: What You Need to Know

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |February 19, 2015|No Comments

USPS April 2015 Rate Change

Editor’s Note: On April 16, the USPS refiled its proposal with the PRC. Please see here for more information. Right on the heels of September 2014 rate changes to Priority Mail®, the final rollout of the Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) program, and a new postmaster general, the United States Postal Service has submitted two rate […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


USPS® Collect on Delivery (COD) is changing

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |July 19, 2013|6 Comments

Collect on Delivery (COD) is getting a makeover. Beginning July 28, the Postal Service is changing its Collect on Delivery service to reduce claims and redelivery costs and improve visibility for shippers and USPS. The retention period for payment and pickup will change, some customers will be able to receive email and SMS text notifications of […]


The USPS® previews proposed 2014 changes

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |July 16, 2013|No Comments

The U.S. Postal Service® has published on RIBBS, a document titled January 2014 Release – Proposed Structure Changes Pre Release Document. While nothing is yet final and some proposed 2014 changes may not be implemented, it is very important to understand where the Postal Service is heading how mailers may be impacted. Proposed 2014 changes may appear cosmetic […]