Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"
April 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.” That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers. For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation. But a…

Press Release: Leaders in Mailing Organizations Call for Balanced Approach to Postal Rates
March 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm

(Washington, DC)-- On Monday, March 20, three mailer organizations representing all segments of the mailing community and all classes of mail urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to retain the inflation-capped pricing structure that has protected captive users of the Postal Service’s monopoly services for the past decade. That system provides the Postal Service with sufficient…

Will Publishers Pay for the USPS’s FSS Fiasco?
January 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

More than seven years after it began rolling out, the billion-dollar system that was supposed to revolutionize how publications and other flat mail are handled is still making the U.S. Postal Service less, not more, efficient. In fact, the Flats Sequencing System’s performance, already well below plan, declined even further last year, according to a…

New Postal Rates Will Benefit Some Publishers and Printers
October 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

A quiet boycott by some mailers helped persuade the U.S. Postal Service to change how it charges for publications, catalogs, and other flat mail. As a result, many mailers will pay lower postage bills next year, printers will earn more money from their co-mail programs, and the USPS is likely to benefit as well.

Press Release: Postal Service Announces 2017 Mailing Services Prices
October 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products planning to take effect in January 2017. The proposal includes a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, which was the…

2017 Print Forecast: Tiny Price Hikes With a Chance of Disruption
September 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Unless Congress stuns the world by doing something about the U.S. Postal Service other than naming more post offices, publishers on average will experience slightly lower postal rates in 2017 than this year. In fact, for all of the “Three Ps” of print magazine publishing — Postage, Printing, and Paper — publishers should be more…

Magazine Readers Are Wealthy & Well Educated, USPS Study Finds
August 16, 2016 at 11:40 am

The quintessential subscribers to printed American consumer magazines are wealthy, well-educated empty nesters who live in a single-family house, a recent U.S. Postal Service study suggests. “Households with incomes above $100,000 receive three times as many periodicals as households earning less than $35,000,” says the USPS’s recently released annual Household Diary Study of mail received…

MPA President Responds to Federal Government's Alleged "Magazine Subsidy"
August 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

This letter originally appeared in Bob Sack's newsletter, "'Heard on the Web' Media Intelligence." As the President and CEO of MPA - The Association of Magazine Media, I'm writing to respond to the recent article on an alleged "subsidy" from the Federal Government to the magazine industry. More than 90% of adults in America are…

Adrift for 19 Months: The U.S. Postal Service
July 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

If you want to understand why the U.S. Postal Service seems so dysfunctional, look no further than its governing board. If you can find it. The USPS Board of Governors is a ghost ship (our latest Publishing Word of the Day), set adrift 19 months ago when its vacancies outnumbered its members. Now it's down to…

Why the Rate Cap Isn't Killing the Postal Service
July 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

A legislative reform that has arguably saved the U.S. Postal Service is increasingly coming under attack by wrong-headed postal officials and some of the postal unions. The myth these whiners are spinning is that the inflation-based rate cap on most postal rates is a horrible evil that is holding the USPS back. These cap carpers…