Key Notes – Volume 03 Number 42

USPS Requests Parcel Rates Increases for 2017 – The U.S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season.  The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International.  The new prices, if approved, represent a modest price increase in Priority Mail by 3.9% and an average of 3.3% in Priority Mail Retail prices. This compares to general rate increases (GRI) of 4.9% for both UPS and FedEx, taking effect Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, respectively.  The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 22, 2017.  The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC site.  Source:  USPS

USPS Five-Year Strategic Plan – The Postal Service’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, covering the fiscal years (FYs) 2017 to 2021, is intended to provide our stakeholders, including Congress, our employees, our business partners, our customers and the American people, with a comprehensive mission statement covering the major functions and operations of the Postal Service.  Source:  USPS

Quad/Graphics Virtual Reality (VR) Viewers Bring Branded Experience to LIFE – Quad’s VR Viewers eliminate the barrier to access for consumers to engage virtual reality apps by providing a device to help consumers fully enjoy the app experience without having to purchase their own personal virtual reality viewing gear.  Quad’s VR Viewers create a console to hold that makes the virtual reality app experience more engaging and convenient for users, and are more cost-effective than competitors’ virtual reality tools.  Additionally, the VR Viewers can be enhanced with a custom graphic design to create a branded experience. To make the VR Viewers readily available right where a consumer will use the app, the Viewers can be delivered in-home via direct mail, catalog and magazine, as well as distributed in-store.  To experience LIFE VR content click here: Time.com/lifevr.  Source:  Quad Graphics

Veritiv to Host 2016 Chicago Paper Show – Veritiv Corporation will host its 27th annual Chicago Paper Show on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Westin Chicago River North.  The Veritiv Chicago Paper Show attracts approximately 800 prominent designers, corporate end-users and commercial printers from the Greater Chicago area – one of the most exciting graphic arts markets in the country.  The theme of this year’s show is “MAKER – a person that makes or produces something.”  Follow the 2016 Veritiv Chicago Paper Show events through at Twitter and at Facebook.  Source:  Veritiv

Parcel delivery Could be the Future of the U.S. Postal Service – Postmaster General Megan Brennan believes parcel delivery is the future of the USPS.  It is the one segment of the mail that has grown dramatically, while first-class letters continue to decline.  Two former senior analysts at the Postal Regulatory Commission, however, are raising a red flag over those Sunday deliveries.  In a paper presented this past spring at a conference on e-commerce in France, Robert Cohen and John Waller argue that those Sunday deliveries probably are not profitable for the deficit-laden Postal Service.  Source:  Linn’s Stamp News

Publishers Receive Relief from Marked Copy Rule – USPS is adding the Alternate Marked Copy process to simplify the submission of marked copies for both the publishers and USPS. This new process will not require a publisher to submit a marked copy(s) with every mailing. Instead, the USPS will request a randomly selected marked copy for review as part of the annual Statement of Ownership review.  Source:  USPS Industry Alert

Industry Trailblazer Gene Del Polito Retires – One of the mail industry’s most outspoken and insightful experts is retiring.  Gene Del Polito is stepping down as President of the Association of Postal Commerce (Postcom), an organization he helped build and lead over four decades.  A reception honoring his retirement was held October 18 at the organization’s fall meeting in Washington, DC.  Though retiring as Postcom’s President, we are certain we have not heard the last from Gene Del Polito.  Source:  MAIL: