2018 Postage Rates

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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%

 

Irresistible Mail by USPS

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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.

You can learn more about IRRESISTIBLE MAIL via a FREE (and gorgeous) SAMPLE BOOK to help make your next marketing campaign irresistible!  Sign up for your free copy HERE.

Mailing Guidelines 101

Sizing Guidelines:

  • Mail piece min size: 5” wide x 3 1/2” high x 0.007” thick
  • Postcard max size: 6” wide x 4 1/4” high x 0.016” thick Letter max size: 11 1/2” wide x 6 1/8” high x 0.25” thick
  • Flat min size: 6” wide x 5” high x 0.009” thick
  • Flat max size: 12” wide x 15” high x 0.75” thick

Note: A mail piece must exceed at least one of the maximum letter dimensions to be categorized as a flat. If the mail piece does not exceed the letter requirements, it must be tabbed and mailed as a letter.