Just over two years ago, USPS had proposed that Full-Service mail preparation be required for mailers to claim automation rates. While many larger companies were already using Full-Service, most mailers were scrambling to make the changes necessary to keep their automation discounts. Then in a surprise move, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) made a statement: a Full-Service mandate is equivalent to a price increase, and is subject to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap for postage increases.
A new mail entry program is proposed to start in July which requires a bit of attention.
According to the USPS Mail Entry Roadmap, the postal service will start assessing mailers who consistently have errors in their advanced mail entry programs, such as full-service. While the date has not yet been published, we expect that the assessments will be live sometime this year, and it could happen as early as July. Here’s what you’ll need to know about these upcoming changes.
The Postal Service proposed their 2016 promotions calendar last month, which will give mailers 5 ways to achieve postal discounts next year.
These discounts will be offered for extended periods next year, giving mailers more ways to save than ever before. And an extra bonus – barring congressional action, the exigent rate surcharge will be rolling off early in the year, giving your postage budget some much-needed breathing room. Let’s take a look at the different programs you can take advantage of next year.
USPS® to Implement Sweeping Regulatory Change with Projected $55 Million Impact Leaving Less than 2 Months to Comply
Starting in January 2016, the USPS will require all parcel shippers to ensure the accuracy of delivery addresses through Delivery Point Validation. Currently, only 87% of packages are compliant and shippers are likely unaware of which addresses comply and which do not.
According to Bob Schimek, Senior Director of Postal Affairs for Satori Software, DPV for parcels is just around the corner. The USPS plans to implement this sweeping change in January 2016, leaving parcel shippers a scant two-months to implement a CASS based solution.
The Postal Service proposed new prices for their competitive products that, if approved, will go into effect on January 17.
Unlike a price change for “market dominant” prices like First-Class Mail or Standard Mail, USPS is not required to limit increases to within the Consumer Price Index (CPI). So what’s changing? Let’s dive in to the details.