USPS News – Falling Prices: Mandated Rollback Takes Effect April 10

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USPS News – Falling Prices: Mandated Rollback Takes Effect April 10

MKeefeBy Mark Keefe,  President


USPS Pricing — keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service

“Absent Congressional or Court action to make the existing exigent surcharge for Market Dominant products and services part of the rate base, the Postal Service™ will be required to reduce prices for Forever stamps and other mailing products, effective Sunday, April 10.

The price of mailing a 1-ounce First-Class Mail letter will be 47 cents, down from 49 cents.

Letters with additional ounces will drop to 21 cents (from 22 cents), letters to international destinations will fall to $1.15 (from $1.20) and postcard prices will be 34 cents (from 35 cents).

Commercial prices will also decrease. The price reductions are required because

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How will your business survive an internet outage?

julie image how will business survive internet outage direct mail blogBy Julie Fleming, Information Technology


A recent day-long ISP outage for a large portion of our local clients has sparked us to provide some helpful information on the topic.

how will business survive internet outage direct mail blogBe it weather or ‘technical issues’ everyone is bound to experience an outage at some point in their existence. In the direct mail industry, it is imperative to have a backup plan since, as the old adage goes, ‘the mail must go through.’

While most businesses are sustainable enough to withstand an internet outage of an hour or two, what happens when that outage is projected to last an an entire day, or, even worse, many days?

Most businesses have a handful of associates who are savvy enough to know how to ‘make it work’ and get tasks done from other locations, for example: grab a laptop and head to the coffee shop in the next town over, or utilize a mobile internet provider (which many companies subscribe to and use on a regular basis anyhow) – but what if your entire company had to figure out how to work from a remote location because the internet was down? Even worse, what if your building was flooded or rendered uninhabitable/unreachable because of the weather? (At PrimeNet, we ensure that inclement weather will not hinder our Data Center, of course, more on that here.)

While it would be immeasurably tedious to provide a comprehensive guide on what to do in every single type of outage situation, here are a few questions that should help your business plan

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The Digital Age of Paper Mail


By Jack Flick, Data Services


U.S. Postmaster General’s Digital Strategy to Support the Paper Mailing Industry Aims for 2017 Launch of Mail Preview App:


Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service, recently announced efforts by USPS to lead a technology-driven reinvention of traditional paper mail during a keynote speech at the National Postal Forum—the annual mailing industry trade show, which ran from March 20th-23rd, 2016.

“The Postal Service is investing in our digital strategy, because there are limitless opportunities when we combine the power of mail with the ubiquity of mobile,” said Brennan. “We are committed to elevating the role of mail in American marketing and communications, and earning a bigger slice of the marketing pie.”

In her address, Brennan pointed to strategic initiatives and investments which will provide the mailing industry with vastly expanded digital capabilities. “Our vision is not confined to what we can accomplish in the next year or two.  We have to continue to build and focus on the

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Online Marketing & Direct Mail Integration: Why your Business Should be Well-Rounded

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Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing or Direct Mail?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, G+, Instagram, Forums… the list goes on!

Here’s why you should be utilizing them all: Online Marketing & Direct Mail Integration Socials Bubble

In a digital age, is direct mail becoming a thing of the past? NO WAY! In fact, while social media has certainly revolutionized advertising as we know it, it has only increased the effectiveness of direct mail marketing. Did you know that today’s social media marketing strategies were taken directly from direct mail campaigns? That’s why, when it comes to online vs. print marketing, the secret to success is not an ‘either/or’ approach, but a definite ‘and’ approach. When the two are used together to familiarize potential customers with a consistent message,

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Increase Sales with BOLD Customer Names on a NEW License Plate Mailer!

Ready to expand your customer base? Send their name LARGE and send it LOUD with PrimeNet’s newly updated License Plate Mailer which can be customized for any region. People love to see their own name, and when it’s BOLD on a license plate from their own state, the chances are increased that your message will get customers in the door. Sales events, holidays and business-boosters all have a place on this custom license plate mailer!

License Plate Mailer direct mail sample

In what state is YOUR business? Anywhere in North America, we’ve got you covered. Some examples

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Pass the Word: Print Drives America

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By Mark Keefe, President


Printing is far bigger and much more influential than many people give it credit for. It’s time to correct the perception.

I’d like to share an article with you that was written by Martin J. Maloney, of Printing Industries Alliance:

“It probably will come as no surprise to hear that the perception of printing is far below where it should be. The reality, however, is that print is dominant among the media. That’s a message that the printing industry should be spreading everywhere.

Let’s look at the numbers. Taken together, the measured media represent a $300 billion market in the U.S. That works out to a media spend of about $1,000 per person per year. Market share by medium breaks down as follows:

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USPS April 2016 Removal of Exigent Surcharge: A Summary

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By Jack Flick, Data Services

USPS April 2016 Rate Change : Removal of Exigent Surcharge.

We recently posted a USPS Industry Alert article titled: Postal Service Exigent Surcharge Pricing to End April 10. For those who have not had the time to read the entire article, here is a brief summary of the good news for individuals and businesses:

On February 25, 2016, the United States Postal Service provided notice to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it will remove the exigent surcharge that’s currently in place. Barring any action from Congress, the exigent surcharge will be removed effective April 10, 2016.

Listed below are some of the changes to expect for First Class Mail:
Additional ounce rate for Single-Piece (letters/flats) to decrease from $0.22 to $0.21
The 2nd Ounce Free program continues.
Single piece stamped mail to decrease from $0.49 to $0.47
Postcards to decrease from $0.35 to $0.34
One ounce flats to decrease from $0.98 to $0.94
International letters to decrease from $1.20 to $1.15

Commercial prices will also be decreasing. A complete listing of the new prices,

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Postal Service Exigent Surcharge Pricing to End April 10

By Mark Keefe, President




Forced Price Reduction to Worsen USPS
Financial Condition by $2 Billion Per Year

Postal Service Exigent Surcharge Pricing to End April 10


WASHINGTON — Absent Congressional or court action to extend or make permanent an existing exigent surcharge for mailing products and services – including the Forever stamp — the Postal Service will be required to reduce certain prices on Sunday, April 10, 2016. This mandatory action will worsen the Postal Service’s financial condition by reducing revenue and increasing its net losses by approximately $2 billion per year.

“The exigent surcharge granted to the Postal Service last year only partially

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