Blog Posts by Rob Hanks

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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Save Money On Your Mail with USPS 2021 Postage Promotions

The USPS has received permission to move ahead with six postage promotions for mailers this year. The 2021 promotions are similar to the past two year's promotions. The promotions for First Class Mail are Earned Value and Personalized and Preprinted Color Transpromo. The Emerging & Technology and the Informed Delivery promotions can use either First Class Mail or Marketing Mail, while the Tactile, Sensory & Interactive Engagement and Mobile Shopping promos are only for Marketing Mail.

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Quick Response QR Codes: Back from the Dead?

Quick Response (QR) codes got their humble start in the mid 1990s to track inventory in a warehouse or manufacturing environment. It was promoted from there that QR codes could be used to link printed materials to websites and apps, landing pages, and to enable touchless ordering experiences.

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