Key Notes – Volume 03 Number 34

USPS Giving Mailers a Break – Mailers might be getting more bang for their buck come January as weight caps on standard mail are expected to increase, according to a Postal Service proposal.  The breakpoint for piece pricing would increase for standard mail from 3.3 ounces to four before weight-based increases would apply.  Actual pricing is expected to be announced in November, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers.  After the official November filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, a decision on whether to move forward with the proposals will be rendered within 45 days – making final changes available sometime in December.  Source:  The Nonprofit Times

Groceries with Your Mail – A Chairman’s Request for Information was filed by the Postal Regulatory Committee (PRC) regarding the Customized Delivery market test. Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that provides customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window. The Postal Service is only requesting to extend the market test for one additional year, not expand into new markets at this time.  The market test started in October 2014.  The Postal Service, working with Amazon, wants to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial.  Source:  PRC

Eliminating Mailer Scorecard Issues Before You Pay Big – On October 11, 2016, the USPS is resolved to implement the Full-Service assessments it has been talking about for the last few years. When implemented, the assessments will be based on a mailer’s performance during the month of September. You probably think the beginning of automated Full-Service Assessments is “old news” and that you have nothing to worry about. Well, you just may need to think again.  One very important thing to keep in mind is that the lack of an assessment one month does NOT mean you’re in the clear for the following months. Even after mailers have identified and implemented the process and software changes needed to avoid assessments, human error can cause missing threshold risks to pop up at any time.  Source:  Mailing Systems Technology

FedEx, UPS Moved in Unison to Hike Ground Delivery Rates Since ’06 – It is no secret that FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. have long enjoyed a near duopoly on U.S. business-to-business ground parcel traffic, and that they have used their market power to move in virtual lockstep when setting published rates for those services.  However, data compiled by consultancy Supply Chain Optimizers puts that anecdote in stunning statistical perspective: Over the past 10 years, the average cumulative list rate increases on the two companies’ ground delivery services have been identical across the board.  Source:  DC Velocity

Weighing (in on) Fall Fashion Magazines – September has long been a big month for fashion and beauty magazines.  And while times have changed, September still carries a lot of weight for fashion brands.  Vogue takes this year’s crown with a weight of 4 pounds and almost 1 inch thick.  Click here to see the numbers on 10 other top fashion magazines.  Source:  min Online

Flying Pizzas – Domino’s and Flirtey have teamed up to launch what they believe will be the world’s first commercial pizza-by-drone delivery model.  The two companies exhibited the first stage of their partnership with a demonstration of pizza delivery by drone in Auckland, New Zealand.  In a statement, the companies said they plan to expand their partnership with flights to customers’ homes later this year.  Don Meij Group CEO and Managing Director of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises said, “Partnering with Flirtey to revolutionize the delivery experience is an achievement that will set our company apart in the minds of customers and change the way delivery is conducted around the world.”  Source:  Postal & Parcel

Veritiv Named Market Leader – Veritiv Corporation, a leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, has been ranked No.1 on Modern Distribution Management’s 2016 Top Jan-San Distributors list.  MDM, a premier source of wholesale distribution industry research, publishes Market Leaders lists that identify the top distributors by revenue across 15 distribution sectors.  “We are proud to receive this recognition from MDM and for the opportunity to share more about Veritiv’s integrated facility solutions products and service offerings,” said Barry Nelson, Senior Vice President of Facility Solutions for Veritiv.  Source:  Veritiv