USPS Giving Mailers A Break
posted Friday, September 2, 2016 by Katie Hop
Mailers might be getting more bang for their buck come January as weight caps on standard and first class commercial mail are expected to increase, according to aUnited State Postal Service (USPS) proposal.
The breakpoint for piece pricing would increase for standard mail from 3.3 ounces to four before weight-based increases would apply. Similarly, first class commercial mail often used by companies and nonprofits would see a third ounce added to the flat starting price. Actual pricing is expected to be announced in November, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers.
Kearney anticipates an overall rate increase of 1 percent when changes are made effective Jan. 22, 2017, with some services receiving a larger or smaller bump in price. Increasing the threshold before added weight-related charges apply will allow mailers to send more pages on heavier stock for the same price.