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Got postage rate increase blues? Here are two quick ways to roll back postage prices!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 22, 2014 | No Comments

by Bruce Gresham, Product Manager, Pitney Bowes Presort Services Everyone in the mailing community is readying their postage meters – and wallets – for the January 26, 2014 U.S. Postal Service rate increases. The price of a full-rate First Class one-ounce stamped letter is increasing 6.5% from $.46 to $.49. Pitney Bowes meter clients have […]

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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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First-Class Mail 2014 Pricing for Letters, Cards and Flats

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 8, 2014 | No Comments

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Now that the Postal Regulatory Commission has approved the CPI Pricing Proposal, the Exigent Proposal and the price proposal for Competitive Services, everyone wants to know what the rates will be come January 2014.  This post is the first of three blog posts that will focus on communicating the new rates.  This first post will […]

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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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First-Class Mail 2014 Pricing for Parcels

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

This is the second of three postings on 2014 pricing.  The first post presented 2014 pricing information for First-Class Mail® postcards, letters, and flats.  In this post, I’ll share with you the pricing for USPS® First-Class Mai® Parcels. If your mailpiece isn’t a postcard, letter, or a flat (large envelope), then it’s a parcel. You […]

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USPS Appeals PRC decision on Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode requirements

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 28, 2013 | No Comments

USPS Appeals PRC decision – Takes the PRC to Court On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit to review the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  Order Number 1890, Order on Price Adjustments for Market Dominant Products and Related Mail Classification Changes, in PRC Docket […]

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PRC Approves USPS Exigent Price Increase Request – But it’s only temporary!!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 27, 2013 | No Comments

December 24th, 2013 The question has been answered.  The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC or The Commission) has approved the Postal Service’s request for an exigent price increase on market dominate products.  The approved pricing is being referred to as a surcharge and is only temporary.  Nevertheless, this surcharge will take effect  January 26, 2014.  This […]

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Decision on USPS Exigent Price Proposal expected December 20 – 22

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 18, 2013 | No Comments

A decision on the Exigent Price Proposal (above the CPI cap), filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on September 26th, 2013 is expected soon, just in time for the holidays.  If approved, the rates are expected to take effect on January 26th. The Exigent price proposal, if approved, could push prices up another 4.3% […]

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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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