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The USPS has implemented a temporary rate change to the Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing on some of their competitive shipping products. The changes are in effect from Oct. 18, 2020 to Dec. 27, 2020. The affected rates will roll back to their current pricing after Dec. 27th. The good news is that Retail Rates as well as First-Class mailing rates are not affected.

Priority Mail®:

Product
Temporary Price
Average Increase
Priority Mail®
Temporary Price:$7.42
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.7%
Priority Mail® Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$7.55
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.6%
Priority Mail® Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$7.85
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.4%
Priority Mail® Padded Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$8.15
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.2%
Priority Mail® Small Flat Rate Boxes
Temporary Price:$8.05
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.2%
Priority Mail® Regular Flat Rate Boxes
Temporary Price:$13.60
Average Increase:40¢ / 3.0%
Priority Mail® Large Flat Rate Boxes
Temporary Price:$18.70
Average Increase:40¢ / 2.2%

Priority Mail® Express

Product
Temporary Price
Average Increase
Priority Mail® Express
Temporary Price:$24.25
Average Increase:$1.50 / 6.6%
Priority Mail® Express Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$24.25
Average Increase:$1.50 / 6.6%
Priority Mail® Express Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$24.45
Average Increase:$1.50 / 6.5%
Priority Mail® Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope
Temporary Price:$24.75
Average Increase:$1.50 / 6.5%

Additional Services

Product
Temporary Price
Average Increase
Parcel Select® Ground
Temporary Price:$7.32
Average Increase:40¢ / 5.8%
Parcel Select® Lightweight
Temporary Price:$2.05
Average Increase:24¢ / 13.3%
Parcel Return Service
Temporary Price:$3.29
Average Increase:24¢ / 7.9%
First-Class Package Service
Temporary Price:$2.99
Average Increase:25¢ / 9.1%

Along with the changes noted above, there are also some changes to Parcel Select® Destination Delivery Unit (DDU), Parcel Select® DSCF, Parcel Select® DNDC, Parcel Return Service Return Sectional Center Facility (RSCF), and Parcel Return Service Return Delivery Unit (RDU). You can read through the complete list of affected and non-affected services as well as all rates via USPS® Notice 123.

First-Class Mail®:

Product
2019
2020
Letters (stamped 1 oz.)
2019:$0.55
2020:$0.55
Letters (metered 1 oz.)
2019:$0.50
2020:$0.50
Letters additional ounces
2019:$0.15 each ounce
2020:$0.15 each ounce
Large Envelope/Flat (1 oz.)
2019:$1.00
2020:$1.00
Domestic Postcards
2019:$0.35
2020:$0.35

Certified Mail®:

The USPS recently announced the new proposed Certified Mail rates for 2020. The prices are going up 10%, but there are best practices and even tech that can help offset these costs—and the onerous process.

Starting on January 26, 2020, it will cost $6.95 to send a First-Class letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return Receipt. This breaks down to $0.55 for the stamp, $3.55 for Certified Mail, and $2.85 for hard copy Return Receipt. Phew! This may seem like a lot; however, there are a couple of ways you can beat the rate increase.

Under the new 2020 USPS rates, it will cost .55 cents to send a First-Class letter. However, you can save 9% by using a postage meter, which costs only $.50 to mail a First-Class letter! The cost of Certified Mail is also going up to $3.55, and a Return Receipt will be $2.85, the easiest way to cut into this costs is by using electronic Return Receipt for only $1.70. This saves you $1.15 on every Return Receipt, which adds up. Software such as e-Certify digitize the tedious process of sending Certified Mail and cut your costs by sending electronic Return Receipt.

Product
2019
2020
Certified Mail®
2019:$3.50
2020:$3.55
Certificate of Mailing
2019:$1.45
2020:$1.50
Return Receipt (print)
2019:$2.80
2020:$2.85
Return Receipt (electronic)
2019:$1.60
2020:$1.70
Signature Confirmation®
2019:$3.05
2020:$3.15

The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all USPS products can be found on the USPS website. Keep an eye out for developments. We post news stories and blog posts on quadientdirect blog weekly. To receive alerts on all USPS postage rate changes subscribe to our monthly newsletter NeoNews.

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Priority Mail®:

The most popular USPS service, Priority Mail®, is increasing slightly more than last year, going up an average of 4.1%. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express prices are adjusted to market conditions and are meant to compete with the UPS®, FedEx®, and others. Although Priority Mail rates are going up, it is still a great value to shippers, and one of the main reasons is that the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery. We've highlighted some of the main Priority Mail rate changes below to flat-rate boxes.

Product
2019
2020
Small Flat Rate Box
2019:$7.90
2020:$8.30
Medium Flat Rate Box
2019:$14.35
2020:$15.05
Large Flat Rate Box
2019:$19.95
2020:$21.10
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box
2019:$18.45
2020:$19.60
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
2019:$7.35
2020:$7.75
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
2019:$7.56
2020:$8.05
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
2019:$8.00
2020:$8.40

Priority Mail Express®:

Priority Mail Express guarantees delivery of your packages 365 days a year. Like Priority Mail, you can send items in flat rate boxes or your packaging. This service is increasing by 3.5% this upcoming year, but it still is one of the most affordable express services with prices that will start at $26.35.

Product
2019
2020
Flat Rate Box
2019:$25.50
2020:$26.35
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
2019:$25.70
2020:$26.50
Padded Flat Rate Envelope
2019:$26.20
2020:$26.95

If you are looking to save on Priority Mail costs this year—and who isn't—look into printing shipping labels to get discounted rates. Customers who use shipping software, like NeoShip, to print shipping labels get discounted shipping rates known as Commercial Base pricing when they ship items using Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express or First-Class Package Service.

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The USPS® has been putting on Promotions & Incentive Programs since 2012 as a way to encourage marketers, printers, and mailers to take advantage of innovative ways to add value to their mail—all while gaining postal discounts. This 2019-2020 season is no different. The USPS has released a slew of promotions around different mail innovations including Informed Delivery, Mobile Shopping and more.

Check out all the details below and see how your business can leverage promotions for improved customer engagement and discounted prices.

Postal Promotions

The Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IM®pb) is the Postal Service's next-gen tracking barcode for parcels and extra services. The barcodes provide you with complete visibility to your package status – from the moment you send your package up to the moment it's delivered. Plus, since the IM®pb labels help make the Postal Service more efficient, they pass along those benefits to you, the shipper, in the form of Commercial Base pricing discounts. The discounted rates are accessible only through the creation of shipping labels generated from online shipping software such as NeoShip.

For more information on Commercial Based Pricing discounts and how you can get them go to our full IM®pb FAQ page.

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