October 9, 2020

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2021

No Increase in Forever Stamp

The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

The proposed prices, approved by the Postal Service Board of Governors, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.8 percent for First-Class Mail and 1.5 percent for other categories. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, competitive International Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include no increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which would remain at 55 cents. The single-piece letter additional ounce price would increase to 20 cents, the metered mail 1-ounce price would increase to 51 cents and the prices of postcard stamps would increase to 36 cents. Single-piece 1-ounce flat prices will remain unchanged at $1.

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Product  Current Prices  Planned Prices
 Letters additional ounce(s)  15 cents  20 cents
 Letters (metered 1 oz.)  50 cents  51 cents
 Domestic Postcards  35 cents  36 cents
 Letters (1 oz.)  55 cents  55 cents (no change)
 Flats (1 oz.)  $1  $1 (no change)

The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter-mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery or regular Saturday delivery.

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect. The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Mailing Services filing, see Docket No. R2021-1. For the International Shipping Services filing, see Docket No. CP2021-15. The price change tables are also available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index.

Sharon Owens, VP-Pricing & Costing will lead two webinars to provide an overview of the 2021 Price Change filing.  The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:00pm (ET) and the second on Friday, October 16 at 1:00pm (ET).

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel during the webinars via the chat box.  However, if you would like to submit your questions before the webinar, you can send them to IndustryFeedback@usps.gov.

Please note:  If you are unable to attend either of the webinars, the presentations will be recorded and posted on PostalPro. 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION for Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Please click this URL to join: https://usps.zoomgov.com/j/1615217616?pwd=ZXZBY1JmRGtUQzhPYUpKTXVQNzZ5QT09

Passcode: Check with your Postal Co-Chair for the passcode

Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

1 503 336 1236 1 952-229-5070 1 650-581-7094
1 855-860-4313 1 678 317 3330 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 161 521 7616

Passcode: Check with your Postal Co-Chair for the passcode

ATTENDEE INFORMATION for Friday, October 16, 2020

Please click this URL to join: https://usps.zoomgov.com/j/1600145722?pwd=QnNhRWs0dnZhWHpsMGNoN29VOG5ZQT09

Passcode: Check with your Postal Co-Chair for the passcode

Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

1 503 336 1236 1 952-229-5070 1 650-581-7094
1 855-860-4313 1 678 317 3330 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 160 014 5722

Passcode: Check with your Postal Co-Chair for the passcode

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 


Save the date: First event 7/23/20

Beginning Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM (EST) and most every Thursday thru September 3rd, US Postal Service and Industry speakers will be conducting FREE one-hour webinar events!

Participate wherever you are and be in the know on topics ranging from best practices to the unique processes being successfully implemented by mailers and shippers alike. Each webinar event will be purposed to help you navigate these challenging times so you can keep your business running smoothly and efficiently.


FREE REGISTRATION UPDATE: 

Now Opening July 16th at  NPF.org


July 2, 2020

Introducing: the USPS® Loyalty Program

In support of our small businesses across the nation as the economy re-starts, the US Postal Service has developed the USPS Loyalty Program. This program, recently approved by the PRC, is designed to facilitate growth for micro and small businesses by providing registered Click-N-Ship® business users with credits for their purchases of Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express®, to use towards future purchases of these products.

Loyalty Program basics:

    • Available to registered business users of Click-N-Ship.
    • Existing users: automatically enrolled!
    • Base Loyalty Program:  users earn $40 of credit for each $500 they spend shipping with Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express service.
    • Welcome Bonus:  New users earn an additional $40 of credit for the first $500 they spend shipping with Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express service.
    • Limited bonus opportunity:
      • Any new or existing business customer purchasing Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express service during the months of August through September 2020 will receive an additional $20 bonus credit applied to their account for future shipping after meeting the $500 purchase requirement
    • Credits expire 1 year from the date of issuance.
    • Tiered earning levels to support ongoing growth:
      • Beginning in January 2021 and annually thereafter, customers earn credits based on their Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express spend in the prior calendar year. Users will be assigned to the Base Loyalty Tier. Those spending $10,000 in the prior year will be assigned to the Silver Tier and earn $50 of credit for each $500 spent; those spending $20,000 in the prior year will be assigned to the Gold Tier and earn Commercial Base Pricing.

Stay tuned for updates as we continue to support this shipping opportunity to support small businesses and facilitate e-commerce growth.  In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please email Vicki Stephen at victoria.k.stephen@usps.gov.


July 2, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS Every Door Direct Mail – Retail® DISCOUNT PROGRAM

 Announcing the U. S. Postal Service Small Business EDDM-Retail® Discount Program as approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on June 30, 2020.

From August 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, the U.S. Postal Service is offering Every Door Direct Mail – Retail® (EDDM- Retail®) mailers a 10 percent discount at the time of mailing.  EDDM-Retail is a simple way for micro and small businesses to locally market their products and services to support their COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Nearly every sector of the economy is being impacted by the COVID-19 induced economic downturn – especially small local businesses.

The U.S. Postal Service is here to help and hopes to maintain and grow Marketing Mail while meeting the needs of micro and small businesses as the country begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Small Business EDDM-Retail Discount Program will:

    • Provide postage price relief so micro and small businesses can reach 10 percent more customers for their investment using a simple to understand and easy to use tool which offers targeting by ZIP Code and delivery route
    • Help printers, marketplace platforms, and small business associations generate mail piece design and printing demand
    • Provide marketplaces a tool to support their platform customers’ growth
    • Provide a valuable tool for small business associations to promote and support their members
    • Support Postal Service efforts to stimulate economic activity through mail
    • Grow relationships with micro and small businesses for both mail and shipping in conjunction with the micro-business Package Loyalty program

The Small Business EDDM-Retail Discount Program is designed to be simple to understand and utilize by providing a 10 percent upfront postage discount for all EDDM-Retail mailings from August 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.  There is no need for businesses to sign up since the discounted price will be reflected at Post Offices at the time of the mailing or within the EDDM Online Tool.