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08.04.21

Updated Postage Rates Effective August 2021

The Postal Service filed new rates with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for Market Dominant Rate Changes, and these rate changes will officially go into effect on Sunday, August 29, 2021. While the average increase is 6.9% across all of the changes proposed, the actual rates at the mail class and presort levels vary. It…

06.25.21

How to Understand the New Postage Rates & USPS Details Explained

Every new year – and every new postage increase – PS releases a new postage rate chart! The next proposed USPS postage increase is scheduled to go into effect Sunday, August 29th, 2021. You can find our latest 2021 PS Postage Rate Chart here.   With these new postage rate changes coming soon, what better time to review the different…

06.01.21

August 2021 Postage Rate Chart Changes

The USPS has elected to use virtually all of their pricing authority granted under the New Postal Rate Making Rules that went into effect this past January, to file a Second Postage Rate Change in 2021. This past Friday afternoon (May 28th), they filed Market Dominant Price Changes with the PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) that…

05.17.21

An Informed Deep Dive on Informed Delivery 

Do you have what it takes to create an Informed Delivery campaign? It’s an incredibly easy concept to understand, but as with many offerings from the USPS, the devil is in the details. As a refresher, Informed Delivery is the program created by the USPS that allows mail recipients to see their mailpieces online prior to them arriving in their mailbox. Most…

04.09.21

The Informed Delivery Promotion: Increasing Visibility and Reducing Costs!

Informed Delivery has been around long enough to have gained a solid following of people that absolutely swear by it. Even better, this autumn the USPS will be running their annual postal promotion so you can receive a 2% discount on your postage costs while also gaining the expanded visibility benefits of using Informed Delivery!  HOW IT WORKS  If you haven’t tried Informed Delivery before,…

03.05.21

Melding Digital & Direct Mail with the USPS Mobile Shopping Promotion!

This summer, the USPS will again offer their Mobile Shopping promotion in an effort to encourage everyone to continue to invest in technologies to bridge the gap between their digital programs and their direct mail. Read below about how Production Solutions can help you qualify for the promotion! How does the promotion work? Include in…

02.08.21

What is the USPS’ Earned Value Promotion?

EVP! EVP! EVP! The Earned Value Promotion (EVP) has a reputation of the least understood USPS mailing promo of the year. If you read the USPS’ fine print about the promo, it talks about MID’s/STID’s/CRID’s/ShareMail and, well, you lost me there… However, EVP is one of the simplest of the USPS Mailing Promotions to take…

01.08.21

2021 USPS Promotion Schedule

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will continue its special offers and incentives program for nonprofit mailers in 2021. These promotions are a terrific way to experiment, save money and perhaps drive higher response rates for your mail program. Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement Registration Period: December 15, 2020 – July 31, 2021 Promotion…

10.13.20

2021 Postage Rate Chart Changes!

The Postal Service filed new rates with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for Market Dominant Rate Changes, and these rate changes will officially go into effect on Sunday January 24, 2021. This is a typical CPI (Consumer Price Index) based rate change under the laws of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) which was…

09.28.20

Lifecycle of a Mail Piece

The work of postal workers, and how PS manages this information to help our clients, is incredibly valuable. It’s important to understand the mail piece lifecycle and it’s different milestones just as a postal worker does, to elevate your understanding of the post office! From the mailshop to the donor’s residence, the mail piece takes…