Don’t Forget: USPS Price Changes Take Effect This Weekend!

As we told you earlier, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved all of the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) proposed price increases. The implementation date for these approved prices is May 31, 2015.

Again – the final implementation date for these price changes is May 31, 2015. That’s this Sunday!

Overall Changes
The new prices are available in Excel and .csv format on the Postal Explorer web site. The draft postage statements are also available on the same web site.

Software Updates
If you have not already done so, mailers will need to update their mailing and shipping software to accommodate these new prices. There is also a new Mail.dat file format specification version going into effect at the same time, version 15-1. From the USPS RIBBS web site for the 2015 PostalOne! releases:

There was also a mandatory PostalOne! update on May 17, 2015, which meant that mailers who submit eDoc, needed to download and install the new USPS MDR Client software on the 17th.*

Is There Anything Else?
Of course there is! In addition to the price changes, the USPS is offering the following four (4) new incentives/promotions:

1. Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion, May – July 2015
2. Advanced and Emerging Technology Promotion, May – October 2015
3. Color Transpromo Promotion, June – November 2015
4. Mail Drives Mobile Engagement Promotion, July – December 2015

Additional Resources
Window Book released the new rates version of DAT-MAIL™ software on May 14, 2015, with the balance of the software products scheduled for release today (May 28). Software subscribers may sign up to receive email notifications for any of our software product updates on our web site.