Postal Regulatory Commission

Sorting Out the Mail with Hamilton Davison

Sorting Out the Mail with Hamilton Davison

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The head of the American Catalog Mailers Association discusses the effects of higher rates on mail volume, and suggests how mailers should get involved in postal reform.

As Postal Reform Slogs Along, the Exigent Rate Appears Here to Stay

As Postal Reform Slogs Along, the Exigent Rate Appears Here to Stay

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The bad news? The 4.3% exigent rate increase is almost sure to endure. The good news? Mailers enlisted a stalwart defender of their cause on Capitol Hill.

Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill

Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill

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Reworked Section 301 would leave annual rate cap at CPI and let Postal Regulatory Commission keep rate approval powers.

Anatomy of an Exigent Postal Rate Hike

Anatomy of an Exigent Postal Rate Hike

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The only other time the USPS asked for an exigent rate increase it was turned down by the Postal Regulatory Commission. This September Postal Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett announced a request for a 4.3% exigent increase.

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.

PRC clears USPS to reduce hours of retail service

PRC clears USPS to reduce hours of retail service

The PRC released Aug. 23 its advisory opinion on the USPS's plan, which allows the agency to begin implementing reduced hours of retail service at approximately 13,000 locations.

USPS solvency saga continues

USPS solvency saga continues

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The embattled U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing its struggle to stay in the black, but the five-month moratorium on facilities closures may end more than a month before the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) releases an advisory opinion on its streamlining plans.

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.

USPS agrees to moratorium on post office closures

USPS agrees to moratorium on post office closures

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), in response to a request made by multiple U.S. senators, agreed to a five-month moratorium on closures of post offices and mail processing facilities on Dec. 13.

USPS to cut next-day delivery for first-class mail

USPS to cut next-day delivery for first-class mail

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As part of a previously announced $3 billion cost-savings initiative, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is moving forward with plans to change delivery standards for first-class mail, the organization said on Dec. 5. The cuts would eliminate next-day delivery for first-class mail and periodicals.

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.

PRC guides Postal Service through challenging times

PRC guides Postal Service through challenging times

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The Postal Regulatory
 Commission was created by the Postal Accountability and 
Enhancement Act of 2006 as the successor to the Postal Rate Commission, with the goal of strengthening
oversight of the USPS.

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