USPS announces price changes for 2019

The Postal Service has announced price changes to take effect next year. The USPS governors approved the proposed changes, which will be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) before they take effect Jan. 27. The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue. The…

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USPS, Canada Post to issue new stamps celebrating Ice Hockey

The Postal Service and Canada Post announced new stamps that celebrate the history of ice hockey — the fast-paced sport commonly played on frozen ponds and in rinks across North America. PMG Megan J. Brennan and Canada Post President Deepak Chopra will dedicate the new History of Hockey stamps Oct. 20, in Detroit, MI. The…

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USPS May Seek a Rate Hike After All

Barely two months after deciding to skip the usual January price increases, the U.S. Postal Service appears close to announcing that prices will rise in the spring. As usual, the do-nothing Congress is to blame. The Association for Postal Commerce (aka PostCom), a multi-industry trade group for business mailers, reports that USPS is readying itself…

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Letter: Postal Service upping stamp price may be tipping point for consumers

To the Editor: Analysts of consumer behavior refer to it simply as “the O’Neill.” Specifically, the O’Neill Point is the threshold at which a relatively minor increase in the price of a commodity reaches some psychological trigger at which a majority of consumers actively seeks out alternatives. But how exactly did Connecticut’s 84th governor get…

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For grad, only postal mail will do

I now own the dining set from my childhood home, so when my daughter addressed her high school graduation announcements this month, she sat at the same table where I had addressed my own graduation announcements three decades earlier. Moments like that suggest that things stay the same more than they change. But watching my…

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Mailers denounce “11th hour” bid by USPS to dodge reporting requirements

Groups representing major mailers in the United States have denounced an “11th hour” attempt by the US Postal Service to keep quiet how much it is collecting in additional postal rates from a temporary surcharge currently under judicial review. Postal regulators agreed four months ago to allow USPS to claw back some of the financial…

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