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What I Learned at NPF 2016

Posted by Kim Mauch on Monday, April 11, 2016 - 16:38
What I Learned at NPF 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s April and NPF is already over. We had a packed schedule this year, and I came away with some really interesting insights that I’m already starting to look at back in the office.

The atmosphere and attitude of the attendees was very positive this year. There was a sense of openness and discovery throughout the week, and around 30% of the attendees were there for the first time. Here are a few of the takeaways I found the most interesting:

Whatever Happened to the Full-Service Mandate?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 16:42
Whatever Happened to the Full-Service Mandate?

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.

What You Need to Know About Postage Assessments

Posted by Kim Mauch on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 17:05
What You Need to Know About Postage Assessments

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.

6 Ways to Save Postage in 2016

Posted by Kim Mauch on Monday, December 7, 2015 - 17:08
6 Ways to Save Postage in 2016

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.