Join us in welcoming Kathy Hall to our BEB Team. Kathy is a business development manager specializing in multi-channel marketing for Houston and national markets. Kathy built a career within the Unites States Postal Service and brings 30-years of industry experience. Her rise through the USPS included serving as a Mailing Solutions Specialist and Senior Sales Executive-HQ | Houston Division . Well versed in the connection between direct mail and digital platforms, Kathy’s expertise in marketing is an exciting addition to our business. She earned her degree in management from Rice University and serves as a volunteer for several faith based charities and industry organizations. Check out her profile on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook and connect!
USPS Shipping Prices will increase an average of 9.5% on Sunday, 1/17/2016
The USPS will increase prices on most of their competitive Shipping Service products on Sunday 1/17/2016. The complete document filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) may be found here. The highlights of the average % increase by product are:
• Priority Mail Express – 15.6%
• Priority Mail – 9.8%
• Parcel Select – 3.1%
• First-Class Package Service – 12.8%
• International Package Services – 3.5% – 21.6%
You may obtain the complete list of new prices on the USPS Postal Explorer website. Final Shipping Services pricing can be found below:
Our Houston Postal Customer Council (PCC) is having their annual luncheon on Tuesday, September 22nd from 10:30-1:00 at The Texans Grille to celebrate National PCC Day!
A personal favorite of mine, Leo Raymond of Epicomm will be a featured speaker. Leo’s knowledge of the USPS & Activities on The Hill are second to none! And he is so entertaining, he can make details of the iMB exciting!
Kelvin Dansby, Marketing Manager of the USPS is also speaking. This will be a great show!
Elvis Presley is heading to a post office near you in time for this year’s Elvis Week celebration in Memphis, Tennessee. The USPS announced the King of Rock and Roll will be immortalized in a stamp collection once again.
Beginning August 12, the greatest hist CD, Elvis Forever, will be available online and in some post offices along with the stamp.
The new USPS delivery standards for First Class and Standard Mail that take effect on July 1, 2015 have been published. However, we have continued to experience slow delivery both local and regional, especially with standard mail. We encourage our clients, especially those mailing to promote scheduled events, to drop your mail an extra 7 days earlier to ensure timely delivery of your marketing mail! We will continue to keep you apprised of delivery in the coming months as we prepare for the upcoming back to school and holiday seasons.
New delivery standards for Standard Mail will take effect on July 1, 2015. See below for details:
We have experienced slower than normal standard mail delivery locally and regionally. See details on what Houston mailers are experiencing and read our recommendations for the coming back to school and holiday seasons. Read More…
No, you’re not imagining it. It does, in fact, take longer for letters to get to their destination via snail mail. Since January, letters that used to be delivered overnight are now taking an extra day or two to reach their destination.
The slowdown is the result of far less volume (people are sending fewer things by USPS) and processing plant closures. The Postal Service closed 150 plants to save $865 million and another 82 starting in January to save an additional $750 million.
The USPS has had billion-dollar budget shortfalls in recent years, prompting the agency to ask Congress for help. It wanted to cut Saturday service all together, but an outcry prevented that measure.
Former postmaster general Patrick Donahoe argued, just before he retired earlier this year, that the longer delivery times only affect between 2.5 percent and four percent of the mail anyway. “So you can’t hold an entire system hostage and continue to run up debt and continue to avoid making investments over 2 percent to 4 percent of the mail,” he told the National Press Club.
USPS halts plan to consolidate and close processing facilities
The Postal Service has suspended its plans to consolidate or close processing facilities in 2015.
According to documents on the USPS website, the closures and consolidations dates of all plants were changed from 2015 to “to be determined,” with the exception of three plants in Asheville, N.C., Houston, Texas and Queens, N.Y.
The USPS planned to close up to 82 mail processing facilities this year and expected to save about $750 million a year by closing those facilities – money that it desperately needs after the agency recorded losses in 21 of the last 23 quarters.