January 4, 2010 Changes for Postal Service
(regarding new prices on mailing and shipping)
Just a reminder regarding some of the mailing and shipping changes that become effective on January 4, 2010:
United States Postal Service® (USPS®) prices for non-market dominant products (e.g. Express Mail®, Priority Mail®) increase
We described these changes
in our December 10, 2009 Postal
Concierge E-tip. If you have not yet updated your Window Book software to the newest release, which includes the new rates, we encourage you to download these updates as soon as possible. The new price lists are also available online at the USPS
The USPS implements penalties for Standard Mail® and First-Class™ mailings not meeting the Move Update requirements
Information regarding these penalties was provided in our December 17, 2009 Postal
Concierge E-tip. The USPS
also issued additional information on these penalties in their December 29, 2009 DMM Advisory. This advisory references a Federal Register notice, published on December 28, 2009, which is a revision to the original ruling notice published on October 27, 2009. The revision clarifies the verification process as well as the assessments. Originally, the USPS
had planned to assess First-Class single piece postage to Standard mailings
found to be non-compliant (i.e. no Move Update
process performed). This penalty is now $.07 per piece.
UPS™ and FedEx rates increase
These price increases, along with the USPS
price increases, were discussed in our December 10, 2009 Postal
Concierge E-tip. The updated rate charts may be found online at the UPS
and FedEx web sites.
No changes to Flat Mail Deflection Requirements
had originally planned to implement revised requirements
for flat mail
deflection testing, a.k.a. the "droop test." However, the USPS has now pushed back the effective date for these new requirements
to June 7, 2010. This information was provided in our December 3, 2009 Postal
Thanks for the Memories!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our Postal
Concierge E-tips during 2009, and we look forward to providing you with more timely mailing
e-tips during 2010.
Happy New Year!