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USPS Proposed Postal Rates for 2014

The USPS announced proposed price changes for 2014. Included in the proposal is an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect January 26, 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing

  • Letters (1 oz.) “” 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces “”  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) “” $1.15
  • Postcards “” 1-cent increase to 34 cents

According to the United States Postal Service, the postal rate increases are expected to generate $2 billion in new revenue to improve financial situation.

Read the complete press release here.

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New Deputy Postmaster General Appointed

Capitol Hill staffer Ronald Stroman has been named as the new Deputy Postmaster General according to a press release issued by the USPS.

His appointment marks the first time since 1971 the U.S. Postal Service has filled the No. 2 position from outside. Stroman will bring more than 30 years of professional experience in government, legislative affairs and leadership.

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Simplified Addressing Changes Effective 01-02-11

The USPS has eased the rules on simplified addressing effective Jan. 2, 2011. These changes are expected to help small businesses who have not used direct mail because of the cost. Simplified addressing enables business mailers to use mail delivery route information, instead of exact names and addresses, to reach target customer groups in specific geographic areas.

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