Key Notes Vol. 02 No. 21

Exigent Surcharge’s Days Might be Numbered – On January 26, 2014, postage rates increased by an average of 6 percent.  Part of that was the Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap increase of 1.696 percent, and the rest was a 4.3 percent exigent surcharge that was applied across the board.  We recently passed the 16 month …

Key Notes Vol. 02 No. 20

Postcard Use Is Up Among Direct Marketers – Consumers may notice they’re getting fewer postcards from friends, but the Postal Service says direct marketers are still fans of the mail option. Specifically citing a product called “Every Door Direct Mail.”  “Since the [EDDM] service was launched in 2011, USPS has handled about 1.2 [million] transactions, resulting in over 6.4 …

Key Notes Vol. 02 No. 19

USPS Turn Profit, but Still Loses Money – Congress in 2006 adopted the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which forced the USPS—which does not receive money from the federal budget—to prefund its health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years. That prefunding takes $5.5 billion a year off the Postal Service’s …