We have managed to put off the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ for a couple of months, but we can’t avoid the changes in postal rates coming in a couple of weeks. Thanks to our fine business partners at Ecoprint in Silver Spring, Maryland, for the heads-up! The US Postal Service (USPS) has been on hard times over the last 5-7 years due to the overwhelming presence of email, social networks, and e-fax services. Moreover, the semi-private/ public service is carrying a striking burden of compensation packages for its executives that, frankly, seem to outweigh the performance of the venerable institution. Be that as it may, be prepared for upticks to many of the services. What’s coming at the end of the month?
For individuals sending first-class letters at one ounce or less, the rise will not be more than a penny, from $.45 to $.46. Postcards also go up a penny, from $.32 to $.33. Flat packages (unfolded business documents, most magazines and some newsletters…) will see the single largest increase from $.88 to $.92 for the first ounce and $.20 for additional ounces.
If your organization is listed as a nonprofit or charity with the IRS, you can get reductions on many rates by applying for ‘Business Price Calculator to help you judge what might be the most cost-effective way to deal with your organization’s post (pre-nonprofit pricing)..’ The amount of reductions depend on numerous factors like the size and weight of the mailing, how many are going out, and by what class. Fortunately for us, the Post Office has a handy
The strikingly cost-effective way to keep people engaged in your organization.of the postal rates rising has proven not to be especially burdensome for those charities and nonprofits that have kept their and USPS, so be sure you have done so. Moreover, bulk mailings of targeted donors, clients, and volunteers remains a
And whatever your opinion about the large compensation packages going to some of the executives, we should not see the postal service as merely resting on its faded laurels. The USPS has proven to be an early adapter of technological and social change (being one of the first national institutions to encourage women to work at the turn of the 20th century and being the first service to use airplanes for distribution in 1918). Now, David C. Williams, the inspector general at the United States Postal Service, is considering plans to make the entire system digital (including your mailing address) and securely connected to your other digital communications.
Finally, though a rise in postal rates usually stirs the ire of most Americans, we should appreciate the fact that our rates remain some of the cheapest in the world. Even within Canada a first-class letter costs CD$.61 (exchanging to about US$.56).
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