Postal Rates

PRC Grants Mailers' Request for Review of Rate Elasticity

PRC Grants Mailers' Request for Review of Rate Elasticity

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An August conference is scheduled to examine whether postal rates are inelastic and don't cause volume decreases when they're raised.

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

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The new CEO wants to cut direct mail because of postal increases—even though DM is great for ROI. What would you do? Email your answers to ginger.conlon@dmnews.com by June 30 for the chance to win $100.

PRC Denies Post Office's Motion to Delay Exigency Reports

PRC Denies Post Office's Motion to Delay Exigency Reports

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The Postal Regulatory Commission orders USPS to file the quarterly revenue report by May 15 and the plan for removal of the surcharge by June 2.

News Byte: USPS Standard Mail Load Leveling Begins

News Byte: USPS Standard Mail Load Leveling Begins

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The Postal Service is extending what was a three-day delivery expectation to a four-day delivery expectation.

5 Ways to Save the Postal Service

5 Ways to Save the Postal Service

With the right attitude, you can change pretty much anything--even the future of the USPS.

Senators Decide to Move Postal Reform Bill to the Senate Floor

Senators Decide to Move Postal Reform Bill to the Senate Floor

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Direct mail marketers ultimately lost as Senators overwhelmingly agreed to push the Postal Reform bill to the full Senate.

Mailers Prepare to Deal With a Walloping Postal Rate Increase

Mailers Prepare to Deal With a Walloping Postal Rate Increase

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Throughout Q4 2013, direct mailers fought to derail the 4.3% exigent postal rate increase that went into effect on January 28.

News Byte: Postal Reform Act Markup Set for Wednesday

News Byte: Postal Reform Act Markup Set for Wednesday

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Senators Carper and Coburn will attempt to put the finishing touches on their controversial postal bill.

Why the Postal Exigent Increase Is a Mistake

Why the Postal Exigent Increase Is a Mistake

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The lone dissenter in the PRC's decision, Vice Chairman Robert Taub, thinks the Commission erred in identifying the Great Recession as an exigent circumstance.

PRC is Closed, But Mailers Contend With Exigency Threat

PRC is Closed, But Mailers Contend With Exigency Threat

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Whether or not the PRC's 90-day deadline on the exigent rate increase is extended matters not to mailers, who continue to press their case against it.

Exigent Postal Rate Hike Request Expected Next Week

Exigent Postal Rate Hike Request Expected Next Week

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Senate hearings send message of no confidence to mailers, who fear the worst from the Postal Board of Governors' meeting next week.

To Be or Not to Be a Monopoly

To Be or Not to Be a Monopoly

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In responding to a question from Sen. Tom Carper about price inelasticity of postal rates shown in a study by the office of the Postal Inspector General, PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway responded with a terse summation of the challenge facing Congress in crafting postal reform. We present it in its entirety.

Exigency Extra

Exigency Extra

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What would an exigent rate increase mean to business mailers? Here's some illumination from interested parties.

Lack of Legislative Reform Costs USPS $3.1 Billion So Far This Year

Lack of Legislative Reform Costs USPS $3.1 Billion So Far This Year

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With revenues ticking up slightly, the Postmaster General and his CFO say reform could make the Postal Service profitable again.

Are Higher Postal Rates in Your Future?

Are Higher Postal Rates in Your Future?

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Stuck in a government holding pattern, the USPS could be forced to look to bulk mailers for salvation by raising rates, says a postal regulator.

Marketers split on the impact of mixed postal promotions

Marketers split on the impact of mixed postal promotions

As the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) — which reported in February losses totaling more than $3 billion — struggles to stay solvent, it is using a number of promotions to try to keep shippers shipping.

USPS offers commercial mailers a free ounce for promo inserts

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In response to feedback from the mailing industry, businesses mailing automated or presort letters first-class can now mail letters weighing up to two ounces at the one-ounce postage rate, said U.S. Postal Service (USPS) spokesperson Patricia Licata on Jan. 26. The "2nd Ounce Free" initiative became effective this week.

Direct mailers no longer need to prepay postage

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been granted permission by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to allow direct mailers to pay postage via credit rather than requiring prepayment, said PRC chairman Ruth Goldway on Jan. 6. The new rules went into effect Jan. 5.

Mail tracking demand

Mail tracking demand

U.S. Postal Service facility closures, a steep decline in overnight delivery of First-Class Mail and the reduction of work staff and equipment creates a growing need for mail tracking.

USPS proposes rate increases for 2012

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) seeks to raise shipping service rates by 4.6%, the company said in a Nov. 22 statement. Priority Mail prices will increase on average 3.1%, Express Mail prices will increase 3.3% and First-Class Package Service prices will increase 3.7%

Paper and ink prices rise, but industry executives more troubled by postal hike

Paper and ink prices rise, but industry executives more troubled by postal hike

Direct marketers are concerned about the prospect of additional postal increases, overshadowing worries over printing materials.

Postal Regulatory Commission divided on five-day delivery

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The Postal Regulatory Commission said March 24 that the US Postal Service overestimated its potential savings and underestimated potential lost revenues in its proposal to move to five-day-per-week home delivery. The commission's five members issued varying opinions on the plan to cut Saturday delivery, which Congress is expected to debate this session.

Planned postal rate hike hits marketers, but many remain loyal to mail medium

Planned postal rate hike hits marketers, but many remain loyal to mail medium

The postal rate increase coming this spring is not expected to have a significant effect on direct mail marketing plans this year, thanks to its size and timing.

Print stages a comeback

Print stages a comeback

The printing industry's newfound creativity has recaptured marketers looking for impact as it races to compete against its digital brethren

Rising paper costs, postal price increases force adjustments

Rising paper costs, postal price increases force adjustments

Marketers sound off on how rising costs are impacting strategies.

USPS to appeal rejected price increase

The Postal Service said today that it would appeal the Postal Regulatory Commission's (PRC) September 30 ruling that denied the Postal Service's exigent price increase.

How to save the US Postal Service

How to save the US Postal Service

Direct mail will be dead for many companies and dying for many more — if postal rates rise in 2011. Some have the delusion that small reforms at the US Postal Service will protect the direct mail industry, but a number of direct marketers and political leaders recognize the problem can't be solved by lobbying and compromise.

Marketers bear the brunt of postal woes

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The U.S. Postal Service unveiled details of its proposed "exigent price increase" last week and filed an application with its regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission. Direct mailers sprang into action decrying the move, and mailers across the board vow to fight the increase (see cover story).

Rate increases outrage mailers

Rate increases outrage mailers

Marketers and catalogers that rely on mail to reach consumers decried the USPS's proposed "exigent price increases," saying the hikes would have drastic negative financial repercussions for 2011.

Postal Service unveils price increases; industry groups plan to fight implementation

The US Postal Service unveiled details of its proposed "exigent price increase" on July 6. Direct marketing and mailing industry trade groups immediately vowed to fight the price increase.

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