PROPOSED 2018 USPS Rate Increases

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On October 6th, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced a price increase to take affect January 21st 2018.

The new price schedule increases the retail price of first class postage for letters and postcards by 1 cent each.  Certified Mail with Electronic Return Receipt will see a 15-cent increase.

Keep in mind, the USPS “proposes” their new pricing, but the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) must approve the pricing before it can become official.

Historically the PRC has denied or adjusted price increases if the USPS attempts to raise prices too high compared with the current consumer price index (CPI).  In this case the USPS is only raising rates by 1.9% which is believed to be accepted by the PRC.

Below is the primary list of rates that may impact LetterStream customers.  Also keep in mind that LetterStream historically does not raise prices on any item beyond the actual USPS price changes.  If you are working on a First-Class Mail project for the new year, we’d encourage you to schedule it before the new rates are implemented.

2018 UNOFFICIAL Postage Rates:
– First Class Stamps up from $.49 to $.50
– First Class Postcard Rate up from $.34 to $.35
– Extra Ounces staying at $.21
– International Rates staying at $1.15
– Certified Mail up from $3.35 to $3.45
– Return Receipt staying at $2.75
– Electronic Return Receipt up from $1.45 to $1.50
– Registered Mail up from $11.70 to $11.90
– Flats (.0001 – .999 oz) postage up from $.98 to $1.00
– Flats extra ounces staying at $.21

For more information review the USPS press release:

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_062.htm

For all the gory details, see the USPS NOTICE OF MARKET DOMINANT PRICE ADJUSTMENT that was filed by the USPS with the PRC:
https://www.prc.gov/docs/102/102038/Notice%20and%20Attach%20ACD.pdf

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USPS to Cancel Saturday Mail Delivery

Just Announced on the AP this morning:

“Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs” (*see link to full article below)

According to the article, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to drop Saturday delivery of letters the week of August 5th, 2013 in an attempt to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually.

USPS mail truckThis change should have no impact on the way LetterStream prints and mails letters and correspondence for our customers. It should be noted that without Saturday delivery of mail, homeowner, consumers and recipients may receive their statements or other documents a day later than usual.

In the grand scheme of things we believe the impact will be minimal for the following reasons:

  1. Most of the “time sensitivities” and legal regulations of mail relate to when the mail piece is actually mailed, not when it is received.
  2. Most mail pieces that require a recipient to act in some way allow an appropriate number of days for the recipient to respond.
  3. Most businesses don’t pick up their mail on Saturdays anyway.

However, to reduce any impact this announcement may have, we encourage you to load your jobs to the LetterStream website earlier in the work week and schedule your mailings with this information in mind.

For those not currently using LetterStream for printing and mailing, we believe our services can cut time out of your current mailing process, thus negating the impact of changes to mail delivery.

To keep informed of this and other USPS changes, consider subscribing to our blog by entering your email address in the form provided to the right.

The full AP story can be found here:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/postal-service-cut-saturday-mail-trim-costs

 

Social Media Promotion Winners!

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Thanks to all who participated in our social media promotion for $100 in Starbucks gift cards!

We had four winners, one for each platform that we launched:

Facebook: Justin A.
TwitterKayza H.
Google+Christal W.
LinkedInJessica I.

Thanks again to all who entered! Keep following us for more fun contests. And if you haven’t explored our website, please check us out… especially if you send First-Class or Certified Mail.

LetterStream Does What?

LettersFor all you new followers on social media, here’s a quick update on who we are and what we do…

LetterStream is a printing and mailing company. Whether you need to send a single letter or one hundred thousand, LetterStream has a quick and easy solution.

Most of the time our customers create their entire mailing in less than 2 minutes on our website.

So, if you’re not a fan of licking your own envelopes or have had one too many all-night mail stuffing parties, you owe it to yourself to give us a call or explore our website to learn more. I’m sure we can help!

Want to give us a try? Use the following promotion code to get up to $20 off your first order. Hurry, the code is only good for 10 more days! (First order needs to be placed by Oct 31, 2012 or credit disappears)

*Promo code: 10daypromo

$100 in Starbucks Gift Cards

Starbucks Gift CardConnect with us on social media for a chance to win up to $100 in Starbucks gift cards!

We are giving away one $25 Starbucks gift card on each of our social media sites… Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Each of the following gives you one entry for a $25 gift card:

1)  Like us on Facebook

2)  Follow us on Google+

3)  Follow us on Twitter

4)  Follow us on LinkedIn

* Giveaway ends 9/6/12 at noon MST. Open to U.S. residents only.

* You are eligible to win across all platforms, giving you a chance to win up to $100 in Starbucks gift cards!

That’s all there is to it. The winner(s) will be picked on 9/6/12 and will be notified within 48 hours. Good luck!

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* Here are the links to our social media sites… we look forward to connecting with you!

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Are We Social or What?

Social Media Networks

We’ve put it off as long as we can, but we can’t seem to go anywhere without someone asking why we don’t have a Facebook page.

Ok, so here goes, once and for all… We now have a Facebook page!

Hopefully it will be instrumental in communicating constructive information to those needing a little help with their printing and mailing projects.

In addition, we’ve added ways for you to connect with us on Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or you can simply follow us on this blog.

Soon you’ll be able to subscribe to our new-and-improved e-newsletter as well.

Now that we’re Social, we’ll keep you posted!

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* Here are the links to our social media sites… we look forward to connecting with you!

Facebook

Twitter

Google+

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