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11.19.18

Approved: 2019 Postage Rates – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…

The USPS announced the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved the rate changes that will go into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue. Below we’ve broken down some of the key updates into the good, the…

10.24.18

Where is my mail?

We are already deep into the fall mailing season! The large volume of marketing mail, alongside election mail, and let’s not forget hurricane season, make it more important than ever to know where your mail is. With postage accounting for a whopping 30-70% of a campaign’s budget, taking control over both how your campaigns are…

10.18.18

USPS Proposes 2019 Promotions & Incentives

They’re back! After suspending the popular Postal Mailing Promotions in 2018, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced the proposal of several special offers and incentives for nonprofit mailers in 2019. While they only last for a limited time with certain restrictions, the cost savings they can ultimately provide will make them worth it….

09.12.18

Update on Mail Operations Impacted by Hurricane Florence (AS OF 9/20/18)

Production Solutions is in contact with our direct mail clients regarding mail operations impacted by Hurricane Florence. We are committed to bringing you the latest updates to keep you informed on how to handle your mailings during weather disruptions. We are expecting delays across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia that could extend for several…

08.23.18

Call to Action: Respond to the USPS Proposal on Non-Paper Based Components

UPDATE (10/3/18): The USPS issued a clarification on September 20th stating that IF the rules for enclosures changes, any new requirements will not go into effect until 2020 at the earliest. The industry has done a great job submitting opposition letters and the USPS has already received over 3,600 letters! Keep them coming and submit…

08.13.18

The Future is Simple with the USPS’s New Enterprise Payment System (EPS)

In an effort to simplify funding your various postal accounts, the United States Postal Service has rolled out their new “Enterprise Payment System” (EPS). The new system supports commercial, domestic, and international products and services including First Class, Marketing Mail, Electronic PO Boxes Online (EPOBOL) and Address Quality Products. The most exciting feature is that…

06.26.18

Where is the Future of Postal Rate Mailing Headed?

The mailing industry is seeing an abundance of ideas that might bring an end to what we’ve known as the CPI based increases over the past 12 years, but the jury’s still out on what the future may hold. Here’s the breakdown of what you need to know at this time:   Two postal reform…

06.11.18

Are you ready to MAIL ANYWHERE?

Throughout history, there have been moments in time that have forever altered the course of humanity. Minor shifts in a controlling organization’s previously convoluted regulations that lead to revolutionary, life-changing effects on those that abide by its rules. Only during these seminal events can one truly see the good in the overseeing organization. This is…

05.17.18

Paper Market Update: Longer Lead Times & Rising Prices

Over the past few months the paper market has become more challenging to navigate due to consolidation and allocation restrictions at many paper mills. These factors, combined with the rising prices of pulp and current demands on the transportation industry (shortage of truck drivers and hourly driving restrictions), have led to a disparity in supply…

03.05.18

Are You Prepared for the USPS Move Update Change?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) sure likes to keep us on our toes! On top of the most recent rate changes, the latest regulation going into effect March 2018 is around the Move Update standard. Move Update is used by lettershops and data providers to make sure the mail files used in our mailings…