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06.09.16

2017 USPS Direct Mail Promotions build on technology integration

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released the 2017 Direct Mail Promotions. Last year, technology integration made its debut in a big way. This year, the USPS looks to provide more opportunities for nonprofits and commercial organizations to engage constituents with direct response marketing. Below you will find a full list of the 2017…

02.26.16

USPS officially submits new 2016 postage rates

Our Sr. Resource Manager Darin Marks has received official word that the United States Postal Service has submitted new 2016 postage rates with an effective date of Sunday April 10, 2016. To help you understand what these new rates mean for your 2016 budget, Darin has created tools to calculate your savings, update your budgets…

01.29.16

Postal Commentary: iPOST and the Exigent Surcharge

Postal rates, reform and regulation can be difficult to understand, especially when it comes to quantifying the impact on a nonprofit’s bottom line. Our Postal Expert Darin Marks sheds light on the pending iPost legislation and has created our Exigent Surcharge Rollback Calculator to help our partners calculate potential savings this year. This tool is…

01.19.16

The 2016 USPS Direct Mail Promotions integrate technology to boost response rates

Each year, the United States Postal Service offers Direct Mail advertising promotions and incentives to help integrate digital & direct mail as well as mobile technology. 2016 will feature several new promotions that have the potential to increase nonprofit response rates. Senior Resource Manager Darin Marks and Account Strategist Leigh Janis have put together a summary…

08.31.15

Q1/Q2 2015 USPS Delivery Delays and What That Means for Your Q4 In-Home Date Planning

Based on the current mail delivery trends and the recently released report by USPS Inspector General, Production Solutions is recommending adding ONE additional day to your in-home mail schedule/window and expectations. Here’s why! In Q1 & Q2 2015, 494 million pieces of mail were delivered “late” – this is a 48% increase over last year, reported…

07.30.15

What the Exigent Increase ruling could mean for postal rates in 2016

Yesterday, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) made a final ruling on the exigent increase that we have been following over the past 2 years: January 2014 – PRC approved a 4.3% Exigent Increase to cover the losses the USPS incurred from the Great Recession (2008-2011). Surcharge is to last 2 years or until losses are…

06.08.15

USPS Exigent Surcharge – Final Court Ruling

On Friday, June 5, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) original ruling on the Exigent Increase will stand. Meaning, the Exigent surcharge of 4.3%, that was implemented in January of 2014, will eventually be removed. However, the Court remanded how the PRC calculated the total revenue lost…

06.04.15

2015 Postage Rates – Now Live

This past weekend, marked yet another postal increase for the mailing industry. On average, rates increased by 2%; however Flat and Periodical rate categories changed dramatically as the Postal Service added FSS Tiers to both mailing categories. The industry is still trying to determine how the FSS tiers will affect postage costs; however at a…

06.04.15

Production Solutions’ 2015 Postage Rates Chart

Production Solutions has pieced together the most important information you will need in this handy, info-at-a-glance Postage Rates chart to help make your life easier. On average, rates increased by 2%; however Flat and Periodical rate categories changed dramatically as the Postal Service added FSS Tiers to both mailing categories. The industry is still trying…

05.07.15

2015 Postal Rates Now Approved

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has issued an approval ruling on the most recent rates that were filed by the USPS. The implementation date is May 31, 2015. Below is a grid that shows the current Nonprofit letter rates compared against the rates approved for 2015. Note, there are two rate columns, one that includes…