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Postage prices are increasing on May 31, USPS confirms on Friday. A 2 percent, almost across-the-board rise will happen on that day now that the Postal Regulatory Commission approves of hikes on all mail types. "Rate changes among the five major service classes are to include an average 1.949 percent increase for First Class mail, 1.926 percent increase for Standard Mail, 1.966 percent increase for Periodicals, and a 1.787 percent increase for Package Services," USPS tells Target Marketing on Friday. "Single-piece, one-ounce, stamped First Class Mail letters are set to remain at 49 cents, with Forever Stamps also frozen at 49 cents. Additional ounce rates for letters will rise by one cent to 22 [cents], with letters to all international destinations rising by 5 [cents] (4.3 percent) to $1.20, and postcard rates rising by a cent to 35 [cents]. Metered single-piece letters will see prices rise by half a cent (1.1 percent) to 46.5 [cents]."
Quite the quandary is shaping up for the U.S. Postal Service, which may affect direct (and all) mail service. Friday afternoon's 15-minute meeting may have been the last gathering of the USPS Board of Governors for the foreseeable future. The Senate needs to confirm nominees by today or board quorums will be impossible, USPS Media Relations Manager Dave Partenheimer tells Target Marketing.
No rate increases are planned for January, says U.S Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer. Partenheimer tells Target Marketing on Wednesday that current prices will remain in place and the exigent postage rate increase of 4.3 percent is still slated to expire in the second half of 2015, after it brings in $3.2 billion for the USPS.
GrayHair Software, Inc., an industry leader in mail tracking and reporting software and services, announced its partnership with EU Services. EU Services, an award winning, veteran–owned company whose services include customized direct mail solutions, chose GrayHair Software's GHSelect, a proprietary IMb generation and assignment tool, to manage their Intelligent Mail barcode service for their direct mail offerings. "EU Services has helped our customer create and produce high–performance direct mail packages for over four decades. Our direct mail solutions include cost–efficient production options and GrayHair's GHSelect will allow us to help our customers optimize their postal
Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based GrayHair Software recently announced the release of Select Solutions, a platform that combines cloud-based technologies, SaaS and managed services into a single solution.