Posts Tagged ‘ 2014 Rate Change ’

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® 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 […]


USPS now allows mailers to “Mail Anywhere” with only one permit

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | February 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Permit mailers who manage multiple permits typically pay multiple annual permit fees to deposit mail at several different locations.  The Postal Service has launched a new program that offers permit mailers greater flexibility with the opportunity to save money. The Postal Service has launched the new “Mail Anywhere” service that allows customers to use the same permit […]


Are you having difficulty with the Post Office accepting your First Class Mail letters metered at $0.48?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 29, 2014 | No Comments

Earlier this week some mailers were surprised to learn that many postal clerks did not know about the new Metered Mail Rate Category.  Because of this, some mailers were told, upon depositing their mail at their local post office, that the $0.48 postage affixed to a one-ounce Metered First-Class Mail® letters was deficient. This of […]


2014 Postal Rates – Your pocket Guide to Postal Prices

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

                                                            Print the 2014 Postal Rate Guide and keep it handy. This guide offers easy access to popular First-Class™ and Priority Mail® postal rates. For more […]


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 […]


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

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

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 […]


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

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


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 […]


Understanding the USPS Intelligent Mail package barcode surcharge – Part 1

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 8, 2014 | No 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 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. […]