My quick analysis below shows that the Postal Regulatory Commission has held steady to their word of increasing postage rates in line with the Consumer Price Index. Rates for 2009, implemented today show a 3% increase over 2008.
Interesting to note the rate of change vs. 2006 rates. Due to the implementation of shape based postage in 2007, parcel rates have jumped 56%.
More than ever before, increasing postal rates mean companies should take a close look at their packaging choices. Designing packaging to downgrade from parcels to flats saves money. Starting today, a 4 ounce parcel costs $1.73. Reconfigured as a flat the rate is $1.39, saving $0.34.
|First Class Mail|
|Parcel – 4 Ounces||$ 1.11||$ 1.64||$ 1.68||$ 1.73|
|$ Increase from previous year||na||$ 0.53||$ 0.04||$ 0.05|
|% Increase from previous year||na||48%||2%||3%|
|% Increase VS. 2006 Rate||na||48%||51%||56%|
|Flat – 4 Ounces||$ 1.11||$ 1.31||$ 1.34||$ 1.39|
|$ Increase from previous year||na||$ 0.20||$ 0.03||$ 0.05|
|% Increase from previous year||na||18%||2%||4%|
|% Increase VS. 2006 Rate||na||18%||21%||25%|
The above table is an excerpt from a broad analysis of the rate increases. For a full report, send me an email.
by Bob Makofsky firstname.lastname@example.org