Postal Regulatory Commission Unveils New 5-Year Strategic Plan

January 3, 2023 Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission unveiled its 2023-2028 Strategic Plan. The Plan is robust and resilient, allowing the Commission to anticipate changes to the postal system and to adapt as necessary to ensure transparency and accountability of the United States Postal Service. Chairman Michael Kubayanda commented: “I am pleased…

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USPS submits calculations for density and retirement rate authorities to raise prices

December 30, 2023 Today the Postal Service submitted its calculations to the Postal Regulatory Commission for its density rate authority and retirement rate authority to increase rates in the coming year. These are the amounts that the Postal Service is permitted to raise rates on Market Dominant products beyond the Consumer Price Index (which, until…

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U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2023

November 10, 2022 The Postal Service has announced Shipping Services prices for next year. If reviewed favorably by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the changes will take effect Jan. 22. Here’s a list of current and planned retail prices: • Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $10.40 (current), $10.20 (planned) • Priority Mail medium flat-rate box:…

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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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