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USPS: No Price Changes for January 2015

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

USPS January 2015

The United States Postal Service has announced that mailing and shipping prices will not change in January 2015. This means that today’s prices on popular USPS® mailing and shipping services, including First-Class and Standard Mail letters and flats and First-Class Package Service, will remain in place through early next year. Also remaining unchanged will be […]


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® […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]