Archive for December, 2009

Additional Resources From The USPS

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Listed below is a list of specific sites that can direct you to answers for any USPS related questions.

USPS Resources

USPS will not increase prices for market dominant products

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Dear Postal Customers,

As we begin a new year and many of you, our business clients, are preparing your 2010 operating budgets, we want to clear up rate changes.

The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010.  However, Shipping Services will change effective January 4, 2010.

Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, single-piece Parcel Post.

Promoting the value of mail and encouraging its continued use is essential for jobs, the economy, and the future of both the Postal Service and the mailing industry.

While increasing prices might have generated revenue for the Postal Service in the short term, the long term effect could drive additional mail out of the system. We want mailers to continue to invest in mail to grow their business, communicate with valued customers, and maintain a strong presence in the marketplace.

Effective January 4, 2010, the Postal Service is implementing a price change for Domestic and International Shipping Services; Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service and most international products.  On average, the overall price increase is 3.3 percent.

By comparison, our competitors have announced price increases of nearly 6 percent.  We are adjusting our shipping service prices annually in January, which also coincides with

the shipping industry price changes.  And, unlike other shipping companies, we do not impose surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or Saturday delivery.

Some Priority Mail highlights:

On average, Priority Mail prices will increase overall by 3.3%.

Priority Mail Retail prices will increase an average of 3.9%

Priority Mail Flat-Rate Pricing still remains affordable:

  • The Flat-Rate Envelope price will now be 5-cents lower than the small Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box
  • No change in price for the Small Flat-Rate Box ($4.95)
  • The medium Flat-Rate Box increases 35 cents to $10.70
  • The large Priority Flat-Rate Box and the large APO/FPO/DPO Flat-Rate Box increases 55 cents to $14.50 and $12.50 respectively.

The one-pound price for Priority Mail is now priced according to zone (distance).  This includes the Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus categories.

All information on the 2010 Prices can be found on the Postal Explorer website – http://pe.usps.com/ – on the left side are links for information on the prices for 2010 including Downloadable files for the prices, lists and FAQs.

If you have any questions please call the BSN at 813-354-6245.