Guest Column: Postage Rates Rising
● Periodicals: Most rate cells are 8.3 percent to 8.8 percent, with some under 8 percent in the high-density sorts for pieces.
Pallets to origin facilities that require additional handlings are seeing increases in the 20-percent range.
Ride-Alongs and Repositionable Notes prices will remain at the current prices of 16.5 cents and 1.5 cents, respectively.
Content changes taking effect Sept. 7 will allow supplements to bound publications with 100-percent advertising and will liberalize many non-paper materials and product samples at periodicals rates. CDs, DVDs, other media and commercially available stationery items (calendars, notepads, etc.) for sale are excluded.
● Package Services: Looking at a 5-percent to 6-percent increase overall, with individual weights seeing lower and higher amounts based on distance, weight and density.
A last reminder is that as of May 11, 2011, no matter what pricing scenario is put into effect, PostNet barcodes will no longer get automation rates. The negligible discount of 0.1 cents to 0.3 cents under the current Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMB) scenario is not very significant, but with the end of PostNet as a qualification for automation, postage can increase by 2 cents to 5 cents per piece since only presort can be claimed if IMBs are not used. PE
Eddie Mayhew is a retired Classification Specialist for the Postal Service Pricing and Classification Service Center, and has run a consulting business, Eddie Mayhew's Classification Station, since 2005. During 37 years at the USPS, he spent much of his time working with Periodicals, developing standards, forms and policies. He has been a speaker at postal and industry functions internationally for more than 25 years.
Ed Mayhew worked for the Postal Service for 37 years, becoming one of the most recognized experts on periodicals mail in the country. Ed was a part of the Rates and Classification Service Center (RCSC), ending his career as a Classification Specialist in the New Pricing and Classification Service Center in New York City. He has written rulings, instructions and articles for postal publications, appeared as an expert witness in court, a rebuttal witness for the Postal service at the Postal Rate Commission, co-authored postal handbooks and applications, and was the RCSC coordinator for six postage rate cases.
He is the 2002 winner of the Angelo R. Venizian award for contributions to the publishing industry, the first postal winner of that award in its history.
Ed has made training videos appearing on radio and TV, speaks at numerous seminars and is an 11-time top National Postal Forum speaker. He is founder and president of consultancy Eddie Mayhew’s Classification Station. Contact Ed at 973-462-5662, E-Mail at email@example.com or Twitter @eddiemclass.