Archive | July, 2010

Postage Rates Set to Increase in January

21 Jul

Earlier this month, the Postal Service outlined the content of the price increase it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Overall, the increase will average 5.6%.

First-Class Mail will rise 5.4% on average.  The price for retail letters and cards will increase two cents each; presorted letter prices will increase an average of 2.1 cents, with no change in the additional ounce rate.  FCM presorted flats will jump about 12%, on average, while a new rate band for FCM parcels will apply the same price through three ounces.

Standard Mail prices will increase an average of 5.6%.  The increase for letters and flats will be about 5.0% and 5.1%, respectively, while CR will go up 4.9%, and HD/Saturation letters and flats/parcels will increase by 4.8% and 4.4%, respectively.  STD parcels will jump 23.3%, however, because they currently do not cover their costs.  Other classification changes were as well.

Periodicals will increase by 8%, less than enough to move them to profitability.

Package Services will increase 7%, except for BPM flats that will rise only 5%.

Special Services will go up an average of 5.2%.

The Postal Service acknowledges the price increase will impact customers, but expects the total net benefit of the higher prices to be about $2.3 billion, an amount that will reduce the agency’s anticipated FY2011 loss to about $4.7 billion.

The formal filing was completed on July 6th, and the PRC has 90 days to respond (i.e., by October 4).  Implementation is planned for January 2, 2011.

Working Together to Achieve the Most Effective Solutions

7 Jul

Here at Mediascope, we have adopted this phrase to define how we do business.  We say it, we post it on our social media sites, and we print it on all of our pieces. But what does it mean?  To us, the key to the phrase is the word “together.”

“Together” has a couple of meanings for us. First of all, it is our goal to work together with you to arrive at the solutions which are right for you and for your business, your goals, and your budget. And, too, we want to create a lasting partnership with you based on mutual respect. We feel the best way to do that is to get to know your business and work together with you to develop and implement the right strategies for your continued growth.

Second of all, we realize that we do our best work by working together as a team at Mediascope. Our biggest asset is our people and we understand and appreciate that fact. We have all heard the phrase “There is no ‘I’ in Team.” Here at Mediascope, we take that to heart and firmly believe in sharing our knowledge and strengths with one another.

Working Together to Achieve the Most Effective Solutions. We don’t just say it, we mean it!