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The USPS announced in mid February that they will offer for one last time another rebate program for Standard Mail.
The sale period runs from July through September, 2010 (with June and October being "control" months*).
The rebate will be based on you firm's quantities mailed June-September, 2009, plus 5%. The rebate will be 30% and will be applied to permits in December 2010/January 2011 period.
The USPS will send invitations to participate in March after filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission in late February.
"The 2009 Summer Sale was a success" said Thomas J. Foti, Manager Integration & Planning, USPS. The Postal Service received positive feedback from the industry but found that of the 3,500 customers that qualified for the sale only 950 actually participated.
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*June and October will be used to adjust the earned rebate to assure mailings are not shifted from those months into the sale period months.
USPS will file for 5-day delivery with the Postal Regulatory Commission this spring. They expect the PRC to take six to nine months to review and will hold public hearings on the request. This will run concurrent with Congressional Appropriations Bill work where the USPS hopes the 6-day mandate will be removed. The USPS has made several concessions to continue some Saturday operations.
Ultimately if all is approved mailers could see 5-day delivery, and processing, sometime in the February-May, 2011, timeframe.
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Move Update assessments have been initiated. Starting January 4, 2010, the new assessment charge of $0.07 per piece on the applicable noncompliance percentage of either a First-Class or Standard Mail mailing claiming automation rates are in effect. The February 1st Domestic Mail Manual spells out the new requirements as approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
...If a mailer does not identify a Move Update method and certify compliance, then the Postal Service can reject the mailing, unless the mailer agrees to pay the First-Class Mail single-piece price. This is a very costly action...
Another restrictive postal rules that had been scheduled for implementation on January 4, 2010 limits the amount of droop for flat mail – that is, the loss of an inch of droop for pieces longer than ten inches. Despite the amount of time the USPS has allowed for this change, the industry still cannot understand the reason for it. What’s more, the paper costs are potentially prohibitive. For all appearances and lack of eMIR reports (electronic mail irregularity report from the USPS), droopy flats within the 4-inch allowance do process well on flat sorting equipment...
Starting in March 2010, the USPS will stop “round stamping” postage statements. The reason is cost. Often a single mailing may have thirty or more statements and the time required to validate and stamp them is simply too much in today’s financial environment. However, contrary to postal belief, mail owners rarely, if ever, access PostalOne...
According to the USPS' Steve Kearney, "Today, we mailed 3,000 letters to eligible customers announcing our plans for a Standard Mail Summer Sale. To be eligible to participate, a company must have mailed a minimum of 350,000 pieces of Standard Mail letter or flat volume between July 1 and September 30, 2009.