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 proposes changes to service standards for First-Class Package Service

June 17, 2021 USPS is taking additional steps to improve its service reliability by initiating the process of requesting a Postal Regulatory Commission advisory opinion on a proposal to modify service standards for First-Class Package Service. The new service standards, announced June 17, are designed to improve use of surface transportation, while decreasing reliance on…

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USPS Proceeds with Request for Postal Rate Change

USPS has announced price changes for letters, postcards and flats in alignment with Delivering for America, its 10-year plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence. If favorably reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the changes would take effect Aug. 29. Here are the current and planned prices: • Letters (1 ounce): 55 cents (current),…

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USPS OIG Report: Negotiated Service Agreement

Objective Our objective was to determine mailer compliance with Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) provisions and evaluate the U.S. Postal Service’s oversight of NSA Contract [redacted]. We selected this NSA based on the mailer’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 volume and revenue. An NSA is a contractual agreement between the Postal Service and a specific mailer, whereby…

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PRC Releases Analysis of Postal Service Finances in FY 2020

Press Release – April 26, 2021 Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today released its Financial Analysis, an examination of the U.S. Postal Service’s (Postal Service) financial results and 10-K Statements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Despite an increase in Competitive products revenue, the Commission’s overall analysis supports the conclusion that the Postal…

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