Blog Posts by Rob Hanks

How to Save on Postage in 2023, Part 2

We are now into the summer months, and it is time to revisit the USPS promotions for 2023. Three of the 2023 promotions are already completed or underway, see the original blog: How to Save on Postage - Part 1. The USPS has added a couple of new promotions for the second half of this year, the Reply Mail IMbA Promotion and the Retargeted Mail Promotion to go along with a repeat of the Informed Delivery Promotion.

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Update Your Budgets: 2023 Mid-Year Postage Rate Increase

It's year three of the United States Postal Service's (USPS) 10-Year Plan, and the USPS is raising postage rates for Market Dominated products for the second time this year on July 9th. The increase averages 5.4% across First Class, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Special Services. Flat rate mail, periodicals and packages will have a higher average rate due to the fact they are not meeting the cost associated with delivery. The USPS call these products "under water." The USPS has the authority to add an additional 2% increase above the 5.4% until these products are covering delivery costs. View the entire USPS 10-year plan here.

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How to Save on Postage in 2023

The 2023 USPS Promotions Calendar has been published and a few changes to note from previous years. Four of the 2022 promotions are repeating again in 2023. The USPS also has added a couple of new promotions and those are the Reply Mail IMbA Promotion and the Retargeted Mail Promotion. In order to give the mailing industry time to set up the new promotions, those will be done later in 2023.

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Déjà Vu as Postage Rates Increasing Just Like 2022

It's year 3 of the United States Postal Service's (USPS) 10-Year Plan, and the USPS is raising postage rates for Market Dominated products on January 22, 2023. The increase averages 4.2% across First Class, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Special Services.

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2022 Holly Jolly Holiday Shipping Dates to Remember

The stores just took down the Halloween decorations and online pre–Black Friday sales are ramping up, which means it's time to start thinking about sending off holiday letters and packages. Here are some dates to remember so your items arrive on time and at the best rates. Please note that the USPS has placed a temporary price increase again for the 2022 holiday season.

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Prices Going Up at the Post Office? Mid-Year Proposed Postage Increase

As we enter the second year of the United States Postal Service (USPS) 10-Year Plan, the USPS has filed for a mid-year postage increase for Market Dominated products. The increase averages 6.5% across First Class, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Special Services. Flat rate mail, Periodicals and Packages will have a higher average rate due to the fact they are not meeting the cost associated with delivery. The USPS call these products "Under Water". The USPS has the authority to add an additional 2% increase above the 6.5% until these products are covering delivery costs.

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Double the Discount! 2022 Promotions from USPS

The 2022 USPS Promotions Calendar has been published and there are a few changes to note from previous years. The great news is the amount of the available discounts is higher for a number of the promotions. My 2021 USPS promotions blog explains each of the promotions, so I will leave those details out, but I have included a link below each promotion that will take you to their resource pages. Let's review them individually by promotion and registration dates.

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HO-HO-Holiday Shipping Guidelines for 2021

The 2021 Holiday Shipping dates have been released. The USPS no longer has Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) and Space Available Mail (SAM) services available. I would advise that you ship out packages as early as possible as this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as people will do less traveling for the holidays. This means more packages will be in the mail stream. The dates to ship out packages to Military Bases is listed below.

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Mailers Alert: Mid-Year Postage Increase

As part of their new 10-Year Plan, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has filed for a mid-year postage increase for Market Dominated products. The increase averages 6.8% across First Class, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Special Services. Flat rate mail and Packages will have a higher average rate due to the fact they are not meeting the cost associated with delivery. The USPS call these products "under water."

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