No Rate Change
Every January, we’ve come to expect a major USPS rate change. This time, January 2015, you can breathe a sigh of relief as the USPS puts off rate changes—at least for now.
Why are we getting a reprieve from the expected price increases? The 2014 increase of 4.9% was based on emergency conditions—so-called “exigent”—that officially carry through mid-2015. However, this increase is now in the courts to determine whether it is temporary or permanent. Until a decision is made, the postal service faces too much uncertainty to call a rate hike now.
The earliest we might see a 2015 rate change would be April, but that’s a long shot. We’re more likely to see rate increases in Fall 2015.
Parcel Labeling Changes
However, not all is status quo. Starting on January 26, parcel labels must have Intelligent Mail Package Barcodes (IMPB).
FP postage meter customers will have two options for mailing parcels:
Print a 4×6-inch All-in-One Shipping Label with a MailOne 2.0-equipped PostBase meter.
Even if you don’t mail parcels often, for just a little extra in your monthly rental fee, here’s what MailOne 2.0 software offers:
Use a Pre-Printed Label 400 (available from USPS) that is IMPB compatible.
The Label 400 helps you comply with the new USPS shipping label rules (and avoid penalties), but you will pay full retail price for shipping. Plus, you’ll need to create and apply postage labels separately.
If you’re an FP customer interested in using MailOne 2.0 to get discounted shipping, please Contact Us to get pricing and check availability for your mailing system.