USPS: First-Class Package Service classifications delayed by Postal Board of Governors

August 16, 2022 The Postal Service has filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission to change the effective date for certain proposed classification changes designed to enhance and expand the First-Class Package Service product. The changes were scheduled to be implemented on Jan. 8, 2023 — assuming a favorable review by the commission in 2022. However,…

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USPS seeks brief price increases for holidays

August 10, 2022 USPS has notified the Postal Regulatory Commission of plans to temporarily increase some package product prices for the peak holiday season. If approved by the commission, the increases will affect Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select and USPS Retail Ground. International products will not be affected. The temporary…

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Non-Postal Labor Union Coalition asks PRC for unredacted copy of USPS-Amazon contract. USPS says “no way.”

August 5, 2022 To investigate claims USPS is giving undue preference to Amazon packages, a coalition of nonpostal labor unions asked the Postal Regulatory Commission for an unredacted copy of the USPS-Amazon contract. USPS says “no way.” Joint Statement of USPS and SOC – 8/5/2022 USPS-Amazon REDACTED Shipping Services Contract – 12/29/2020 Source: Save the…

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USPS: New prices, classifications take effect July 10

July 8, 2022 Additional price and classification changes — as well as a Priority Mail enhancement and a new method of determining zone assignments — are slated to take effect July 10. Here’s an overview: • Price changes: As the Postal Service has previously announced, the price of a Forever stamp will increase from 58…

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APWU requests PRC extend deadline to comment on USPS check cashing pilot

June 27, 2022 The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is examining the USPS check cashing pilot (buy a gift card with a paycheck) to see if it should be classified as a non-postal (prohibited) product. Comments are due 6/30. PRC Notice and Order issued May 16, 2022 “As a member of the public that has both…

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USPS Accelerates Delivery for Retail Ground, Parcel Select Ground Products

June 23, 2022 The Postal Service will upgrade service standards for its Retail Ground and Parcel Select Ground products, effective Aug. 1. Within the contiguous United States, service standards will be accelerated from two-to-eight days to two-to-five days for the same affordable price. Items containing hazardous materials or live animals are not eligible for the…

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USPS OIG: Spring 2022 Semiannual Report to Congress

The Office of Inspector General is tasked with ensuring efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service. We also have the distinct mission of helping to maintain confidence in the mail and postal system, as well as to improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We use audits and investigations to help protect the integrity…

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To Be Discontinued: The Postal Service identifies 170 suspended post offices for permanent closure

Via Save The Post Office – May 19, 2022 Earlier this week the Postal Service shared a list with the Postal Regulatory Commission identifying 170 post offices that were “temporarily” suspended several years ago and that will soon be closed permanently. The list was submitted as part of the PRC’s Public Inquiry into what can…

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