Category Archives: Postal Info

#1 Tip to Reduce Postage – Smaller Packaging

Until recently, if you were shipping a carton under three cubic feet, none of the carriers cared much about your box size – it was all about weight. Today, the major carriers have wised up – they want full packages … Continue reading

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Shipping Parcels Under 1 Pound? You Need Parcel Select Lightweight

Parcel Select Lightweight is an excellent alternative to Priority Mail as it allows customers to ship lightweight packages from 3.5 to 16 ounces at a per ounce rate, nearly half the price of USPS, UPS, and FedEx grounds services. Conformer … Continue reading

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Steep Discount on USPS Priority Mail Rates

Commercial Plus Cubic – Little known USPS discount that could save you bundles. The USPS launched Commercial Plus Cubic rates in 2011 with little fanfare and minimal consumer or USPS employee education.  If you Google “Commercial Plus Cubic” – you … Continue reading

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“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Recent chatter among my non-envelope industry friends reminds me of Mark Twain’s famously misquoted quote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Just yesterday, in response to National Envelopes bankruptcy filing, the Dallas News quoted Envelope Manufacturers Association front-man … Continue reading

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Parcels to Eclipse Mail Volume within 10 Years

In a May of 2012 a report titled Focus on the Future published by the International Post Corporation and The Boston Consulting Group there is strong support for the USPS and international Posts to shift focus towards consumer demand for … Continue reading

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USPS Pursuing New Packaging for Priority Mail

I recently attended an Envelope Manufacturers of Association (EMA) webinar featuring Gary Reblin, Vice President of Domestic Products, USPS. Reblin is responsible for the growth and development of all postal mailing products and services and customer service improvements.  The EMA … Continue reading

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USPS – Small Parcel Dominance with Cubic Pricing

While USPS mail volume continues to slide, the USPS reported 2011 year end growth of 6.5% in parcels, likely attributed to steady growth in e-Commerce.  The 2010 Census Bureau data shows that e-Commerce grew by 16.5% from 2009 to 2010. … Continue reading

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USPS Getting “Competitive” With Lightweight Parcels

Announced a few days ago through the Federal Register, the USPS has asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to transfer single-piece first class mail (lightweight parcels under one pound) from the Mail Classification Schedule’s Market-Dominant Product List to its Competitive Product … Continue reading

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“Lay off 220,000 postal workers? What could go wrong with that?”

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe appearing before Congress on September 6, 2011 proposing massive layoffs of postal workers. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart says that we should not fear a sudden USPS shutdown because, “All it takes is major and fast … Continue reading

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U.S. Postal Carrier Union Hires Big Name Lobbyists

Make no mistake about it – USPS workers want a say in how the post office of the future will look. Understandable, given their jobs depend on it. But did anyone anticipate that the National Association of Letter Carriers (280,000 members) … Continue reading

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