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Jul 08 2010

Postal Updates- USPS Requests a Postage Increase

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The USPS recently filed a request to have a Postage Rate increase beginning on January 2, 2011. The USPS is seeking an average 5.6 % price increase for its products, which include First Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services (i.e. certified mail etc).

Some of the recommended changes would increase the price of a First Class Letter Mail stamp two cents, from the current .44 to .46 cents. It is also proposed that Postcards would see an increase of two cents, making the full rate charge of .30 cents per piece.

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has 90 days to issue its decision on the proposal, if approved, the changes would raise about $2.3 billion for the first nine months of 2011.This would mark the first price increase for market dominant products in almost two years.

Other actions outlined in the proposal are changes in delivery frequency, restructuring prepayments of retiree health benefits, and expanding access to products and services to places more convenient to customers. Another new item will be a new Holiday Evergreen Forever Stamp, which can be used the same way the current Forever stamp is being used. Once you buy it, it’s good forever even if postage goes up on first class stamps.

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Apr 15 2010

Postal Updates- USPS Five Day Delivery Schedule

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As many of you have heard, the USPS is exploring the possibility of cancelling all Saturday mail deliveries. As of April 1st, The Postal Regulatory Commission is currently reviewing the USPS’ request. The USPS reports that the “Five-day delivery is one of the fundamental changes that will help the USPS compete more effectively in the marketplace and better respond to changing customer needs”.

The five-day delivery report issued by the USPS notes, “ Ten years ago, the average household received five pieces of mail every day. Today, it receives four pieces and 2020, that number will fall to three. Reducing street delivery to five days will help rebalance postal operations with the needs of today’s customers. It also will save about $3 billion a year, including reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.”

Some additional notes about this proposal:

·        Post Offices will still be open on Saturday’s
·        Access to PO boxes will continue
·        Express mail will still be delivered seven days a week
·        All incoming mail to the USPS will still be processed
·        Final approval must be received from Congress, if approved it will be implemented in 2011

So what does this mean to you as an individual? How does this effect your business ? Your opinions matter, We would love to hear from you! Send us your comments or reach out to PCC Insider at pccinsider@usps.gov .

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Dec 30 2009

Postal Updates- Move Update Requirement Changes

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The USPS implemented new rules for Move Update back on November 23, 2008. It requires that all mailers not only First Class, but also Standard Class, update their addresses through an approved “Move Update” process.

Beginning January 4th, 2010
the USPS will be activating the additional postage assessments associated with Move Update compliance.

What does this mean for you?

A 1st class or Standard class mailing with a 30% or More error rate for Move Update will NOT pass the USPS Move Update verification process and will be penalized. For both Standard and First Class mailings, an additional $0.07 per piece will be charged to the portion of the mailing that did not meet the Move Update Compliance.  Any mailings that fail will be placed on hold for review and additional funds received by the USPS.

Move Update Compliance is achieved by:
·        Running your entire databases addresses through a Move Update process a minimum of every 95 days prior to the date of the mailing. (e.g. NCOA- National Change of Address)
·        Updating your database with the moved address information supplied.

The Postal Service does reserve the right to use audits or other procedures to verify that any mailing entered at the presorted rates actually complied with the Move Update requirement.

If you would like more information on how we can help you achieve Move Update compliance, please Contact AXIS to speak to a qualified representative.

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Nov 10 2009

Postal Updates- Postage Increase

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So we thought we would share some GOOD NEWS as you plan your 2010 budgets. As many of you know we typically receive a Postal Increase once a year in May.  The Post Master General, John E. Potter recently released an update on Postage Increases for 2010.

“The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010.

Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, and single-piece Parcel Post.  There will be no exigent price increase for these products.”

After close evaluation it was felt that 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.

Mr. Potter also stated that, “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.”

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Sep 30 2009

AXIS Update: USPS CASS Cycle M Release Compliance

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At AXIS Data Solutions, keeping you informed and educated about the ever changing mailing rules and regulations is important to us.  Please note the following information regarding USPS and CASS cycle M release:
As of September 30th, 2009, all mailers that want to qualify for presorted discounted rates have to be compliant with the USPS CASS cycle M release. The option to maintain the original inputted address and only change the City, State, Zip and barcode is no longer permitted.
The new rule for Cycle M states “That CASS software is required to return the preferred format regardless of the input address format”. Any customer who is unable to update their full address to meet this requirement will not be eligible for any postal discounts and would have to mail full rate. See postal sample below.

We realize that some of these regulations can be confusing, if we can answer or address any questions or comments you may have on this subject, please fill out the Contact Us form or visit  http://ribbs.usps.gov for additional information.


Disclaimer: AXIS, Inc. has no control of the Preferred addresses used by the USPS in their CASS database. Addresses are subject to change, including the street name, as determined by the information in the USPS CASS database.


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