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USPS Proposes Reduced Rates for Priority Mail
The U.S. Postal Service has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission that it intends to reduce rates on Priority Mail for those using Commercial Plus and Commercial Base shipping services.
Commercial Base Pricing does not have any volume requirements and these reduced rates are available for customers who use Click-N-Ship, PC Postage products, permit imprints, or digital mailing systems (meters) that generate an IBI (Information Based Indicia) and submit data electronically to the USPS.
Eligibility for Commercial Plus Pricing is based primarily on shipping volume. For Priority Mail, 50,000 pieces are required within the prior year. In lieu of past volume, customers can instead complete a customer commitment agreement.
Pricing at Post Offices and other retail outlets will have a modest increase of 1.7 percent on average, while the Commercial Base prices will decrease 2.3% and Commercial Plus will decrease 0.9%.
The Postal Service will continue to offer Priority Mail customers free insurance, expected delivery day, flat-rate packaging options and Regional Rate Boxes. Priority Mail is one of the Postal Service’s most popular shipping products. Last year, 871 million pieces were shipped through Priority Mail.
“With the Postal Service, there are no shipping surcharges. We deliver on Saturdays for no extra charge, we pick up packages for free, and we deliver shipping boxes and envelopes, also for free. Just a few more ways we help businesses get the most out of their shipping,”stated Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing/sales officer.
Highlights of the new proposed retail pricing for Priority Mail products include:
- Small box – $5.95
- Medium box – $12.65
- Large box – $17.90
- Large APO/FPO box – $15.90
- Regular envelope – $5.75
- Legal envelope – $5.90
- Padded envelope – $6.10
The PRC will review the prices before they become effective September 7, 2014.
Significant changes are coming July 28 to the Postal Service’s expedited product lineup.
Express Mail will get a new name, and insurance will be included on domestic Priority Mail shipments. Also, expedited shipping labels, retail receipts and Track and Confirm at usps.com will indicate day-specific delivery information. Finally, USPS will debut redesigned packaging.
The strategy behind these changes — the most significant in the past three decades — is to meet customer requirements, stay competitive, leverage improved scanning and tracking technology and build the package business. USPS also wants to help mailers increase their use of Priority Mail as a reliable, cost effective mailing and shipping alternative. “We’re building on our powerhouse Priority Mail brand,” says Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe.
Here are highlights of the July 28 changes:
- Express Mail will have a new name — “Priority Mail Express.” All characteristics of the current domestic Express Mail service will remain the same after the name change.
- Express Mail International will be renamed “Priority Mail Express International,” and Express Mail Corporate Accounts will be called “USPS Corporate Accounts.”
- Insurance will be included — at no additional charge — with most Priority Mail pieces. Retail and commercial customers will receive $50 and $100 coverage respectively.
- Expedited shipping labels, retail receipts and Track and Confirm at usps.com will include day-specific delivery information — 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, Military or DPO.
- Expedited packaging supplies will get a new look.
The new Priority Mail brand delivers an enriched and reliable delivery experience for mailers small and large at significant value. The new and expedited product lineup offers a smarter way to ship more reliably and with greater transparency for customers. “We’re making some changes in our products, but our goal remains the same,” said Manabe. “We want to be America’s shipper of choice.”
Increased 2013 Postage Rates – Effective January 27, 2013
Less than a year ago the USPS increased postage rates a penny and rates are going up again in 2013. Overall, prices will increase an average of 2.6 percent for each class of mail. The Postal Service filed new mailing service prices with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in October 2012 and the changes were approved within the next month. By law, USPS cannot increase mailing service pricing no more than the rate of inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index. A completely self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.
Highlights of the pricing changes include:
– First-class letters will increase one cent up to 46 cents
– First-class postcard will increase by one cent to 33 cents
– Flats will increase by two cents to 92 cents
– International first-class pricing will change to one flat rate of $1.10 to any destination in the world. The USPS has also introduced a new Forever stamp for international use, called the Global Forever stamp. This new stamp will always be sold at the price of a single-piece first class international stamp.
– Forever stamps also will still be available and can be used whenever they are needed, as they don’t have a denomination. Forever stamps will also increase to 46 cents.
Several new shipping services products will be available in January as well as increased pricing. New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:
– Small Box – $5.80
– Medium Box – $12.35
– Large Box – $16.85
– Regular Envelope – $5.60
– Legal Envelope – $5.75
– Padded Envelope – $5.95
Prices for other mailing services including Standard Mail, Periodicals, and other business class mail will also see price increases in a variety of categories. For more detailed pricing information from the USPS visit www.usps.com/prices. Still need more? Strahm also offers a Customer Resource Center containing up to date information regarding the January 27th rate increase and much more!
By now you’ve probably heard of the terrific service USPS provides through Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes: “If it fits, it ships”. Priority Mail Flat Rate certainly takes the hassle out of determining weight/destination for packages.
Any flat weighing over 13 ounces, and is required to mail First Class, is automatically considered Priority Mail. However, any matter may be sent as Priority Mail, except matter specifically prohibited (certain hazardous material, etc). If you use a USPS provided Priority Mail packaging, it must be handled as Priority Mail regardless of how you may configure or obliterate the Priority Mail markings.
Let’s get back to Priority Mail Flat Rate options. The USPS will provide you, at no cost, Flat Rate packaging materials. You have the choice of using flat rate envelopes, small boxes, medium boxes and large boxes. Using this packaging, flat rate options offer one low price regardless of how much the package weighs or its destination.
Priority Mail offers 2 – 3 day service to most domestic locations. There are no hidden fees or restrictions, including residential or Saturday delivery. If you ship online, you are even eligible for delivery confirmation. It doesn’t get much better than this for your shipping needs!
As an added bonus, by contacting USPS online at www.usps.com, you can request carrier pick up at your location at no charge. You must have postage already applied to your package, and you can use either adhesive stamps or Click-N-Ship through USPS online.
Printing Click-N-Ship Labels
- Getting started
- To start printing professional shipping labels – with postage – simply log on at https://sss-web.usps.com/cns/landing.do.
- Customers will need to enter a username and password. They will be asked whether they want to set up the account for personal or business use.
- Provide name and company contact information.
- Customer can now create an address book, print and pay for shipping labels, and enjoy all of the other services of Click–N–Ship.
With the postage increase on January 22, 2012 the retail cost for each type of Priority Mail package is as follows:
Flat Rate Envelopes $5.15
Flat Rate Padded Envelopes $5.30
Small Flat Rate Box $5.35
Medium Flat Rate Box $11.35
Large Flat Rate Box $15.45
APO/FPO Destinations $13.45
Give Priority Mail Flat Rate mailing a try. It’s convenient, simple to use, and cost efficient!