USPS: Shipping Services price adjustments announced

The Postal Service has announced Shipping Services price changes for next year. If reviewed favorably by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the changes would take effect Jan. 9. Here’s a list of current and planned prices: • Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $8.45 (current), $9.45 (planned) • Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $15.50 (current), $16.10…

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President Biden nominates PRC Chairman Michael Kubayanda for a full 6-year term 

October 6, 2021 Michael Kubayanda, Nominee for Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission President Biden designated Michael Kubayanda chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission in January 2021. Chairman Kubayanda joined the Commission in January 2019, and served as its vice chairman from August 2019 through the end of 2020. Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman Kubayanda served…

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PRC Issues Advisory Opinion on USPS Proposal to Change Service Standards for First-Class Package Service

Washington, DC – 9/29/21 – The Postal Regulatory Commission today issued its Advisory Opinion on the U.S. Postal Service proposal to revise service standards for First-Class Package Service (FCPS). (Docket No. N2021-2). The proposal would lengthen service standards by 1 to 2 days for approximately 31.2 percent of FCPS volume and shorten service standards by…

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USPS: New schedule for market-dominant price adjustments

September 15, 2021 To help customers better prepare for a new market-dominant price adjustment schedule, the Postal Service will not raise prices on market-dominant products, including Forever stamps, in January 2022. Instead, the next market-dominant price adjustment is scheduled to happen in July 2022. Beginning in January 2023, market-dominant price adjustments will occur twice a…

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USPS: Postcard rate now includes larger size

September 7, 2021 Mailers spoke, USPS listened. On July 28, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved an increase in the maximum size limit for postcards that fall under the Commercial Presorted or Automation First-Class Mail postage rate. The new limit took effect Aug. 29. The move is a response to business mailers who sought more room…

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USPS seeks brief increase in package product prices for holidays

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, USPS Retail Ground and Parcel Return Service. International products won’t be affected. The temporary price…

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APWU: PRC to issue Advisory Opinion on Slower Service Standards

APWU News Article – June 29, 2021 When postal management unveiled their 10-year Delivering for America plan, APWU vowed to oppose elements of the plan that would affect postal workers, slow down the mail or degrade the service postal workers proudly provide the public. In the past weeks, together with our allies in A Grand…

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USPS OIG Report: Contract Delivery Service Cost Attribution

Objective Contract Delivery Service (CDS) is a contractual agreement between the Postal Service and an individual or firm for the delivery and collection of mail to and from homes and businesses. The Postal Service considers CDS to be one of its three primary delivery types, in addition to city carriers and rural carriers. CDS suppliers…

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