The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) recently approved the USPS proposed price changes to Mailing & Shipping Services products. The new rates will go into effect on January 21, 2018.
Changes to First-Class Mail®
- Price increase for First-Class Metered Mail, from $0.46 to $0.47
- First-Class Commercial Base Pricing remains: One price for all commercial letters up to 3.5 ounces
- First-Class Mail® retail stamp price increase from $0.49 to $0.50
- First-Class Mail® single piece post cards from $0.34 to $0.35
- First-Class Presort:
- Average increase for First-Class Mail is +1.9%
- Average increase for Priority Mail is +3.9%
- Average increase for Parcel Select Lightweight (PSLW) is +7.0%
Changes to USPS Marketing Mail
- Average increase in Standard Mail pricing +1.9%
- Average increase in Parcels +2.8%
Changes to other Mailing Products and Services
New pricing to affect several services, with average increases as follows:
- Periodicals +1.84%
- Package Services +3.9 %
- Special Services +2.0%
HardingPoorman takes quality seriously. So much so, we expedited our recertification process to become ISO 9001:2015 certified ONE YEAR ahead of the deadline. Changes to the ISO 9001 quality management system standard are periodically made with intent to enhance the focus on management processes in order to achieve improved performance.
Our own Dustin Kendall, Quality Manager, oversaw the entire process. "ISO certification is of critical importance to our organization. We implement quality assurance strategically and ISO has also been a part of a culture from the beginning. The most dramatic change to the ISO initiative is to concentrate on quality procedures upstream; making quality assurance ingrained into executive management teams and therefore, threaded throughout corporate culture. At HardingPoorman, our quality rationale and overall quality procedures began with our Executive Management Team and has been integrated into our culture, processes, and overall philosophy."
ISO 9001:2015 applies to any organization, regardless of size or industry. More than one million organizations from more than 160 countries have applied the ISO 9001 standard requirements to their quality management systems.
Organizations of all types and sizes find that using the ISO 9001 standard helps them:
· Organize processes
· Improve the efficiency of processes
· Continually improve
Last week, our team participated in a LUNCH & LEARN about IRRESISTIBLE MAIL - WHEN PAPER & PIXELS CONVERGE hosted by the USPS. Now more than ever, direct mail has become a sensory, interactive experience that's getting a lot of attention as well as results.
Our data echoes industry trends. Year to date, our direct mail business has experienced 42% growth over where we were at this same time in 2016. In addition to growth, we're experiencing a heightened level of creativity in overall direct mail design that incorporates sensory and technology user experiences into omni-channel marketing strategies.
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