Effective January, 26 2014 USPS has increased postal rates. The big news is the creation of a new price category for metered mail. When you print postage using your postage meter, you will pay one cent less than the retail rate on your First-Class letters.
|Highlights of Price Changes to
USPS Mailing Services
|Mailing Services||Effective 01/27/13||Effective 01/26/14|
|One-ounce letter – metered||n/a||$0.48|
|One to three ounce parcel||$2.07||$2.32|
|Each additional ounce (letters and flats)||$0.20||$0.21|
|Each additional ounce (parcels)||$0.17||$0.18|
|Standard Mail® Letter — 3-Digit Automation||$0.266||$0.279|
|Electronic Return Receipt||$1.25||$1.35|
The United States Postal Service announced proposed price changes, including 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 in January 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, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:
- 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
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation of 4.2 percent since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.
Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services also will be adjusted as part of a filing to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) scheduled to take place Sept. 26.
The Governors of the Postal Service voted Sept. 24 to seek price increases above the typical annual increases associated with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
In a letter disseminated to customers today, Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett described the “precarious financial condition” of the Postal Service and the “uncertain path toward enactment of postal reform legislation” as primary reasons for seeking price changes above the CPI increase. He also indicated that the price adjustment above the CPI increase is necessary in order to ensure that the Postal Service will be able to maintain and continue the development of postal services of the type and quality which America needs.
“Of the options currently available to the Postal Service to align costs and revenues, increasing postage prices is a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges,” said Barnett in the letter. “However, if these financial challenges were alleviated by the timely enactment of laws that close a $20 billion budget gap, the Postal Service would reconsider its pricing strategy. We are encouraged by the recent introduction of comprehensive postal reform legislation in Congress, and despite an uncertain legislative process, we are hopeful that legislation can be enacted this year.”
Except in exceptional or extraordinary circumstances, postage price increases are capped at the rate of inflation as measured by the CPI-U. The Postal Service is filing a price increase above CPI-U due to extraordinary and exceptional circumstances which have contributed to continued financial losses. The Postal Service recorded a $15.9 billion net loss last fiscal year and expects to record a loss of roughly $6 billion in the current fiscal year, and has an intolerably low level of available liquidity even after defaulting on its obligation to make prefunding payments for retiree health benefits.
The PRC will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 26, 2014, and must agree the prices are consistent with applicable law. The new price proposals are scheduled to be filed Sept. 26 and will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and also will be available at http://pe.usps.com.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that collects and distributes food through a 380+ member network in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Through food solicitation, fund raising, special events, and community partnerships, the Food Bank gathers food at their 94,000 square foot warehouse in Duquesne, PA. Through outlets such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after school programs, senior high rises, MH-MR drop-in centers, neighborhood food assistance agencies, emergency or disaster-related feeding sites, regional food banks, Meals on Wheels, community centers, and special programs, the Food Bank currently distributes around 27 million pounds of food per year. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.
For more information please visit: http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org
Pittsburgh, PA – August 15, 2013 – The 2013 Gold Ink Award winners were just announced and Broudy Printing of Pittsburgh, PA is among the very select group of winners. The Gold Ink Awards are one of the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious printing competitions that recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of outstanding print communications. Broudy Printing won a Silver Award in the Commercial Printing Folder Category for the Where Will You Find the URA? Annual Report designed by Wall-to-Wall Studios.
Competing against entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world, the judges bestowed on Broudy Printing an award which honors the top finalists in each category of the competition. The award will be officially presented at the Gold Ink Awards Gala in Chicago, IL on September 9th, 2013 in conjunction with PRINT 13.
For more information and to view all of the 2013 Gold Ink Award winners you can visit Gold Ink Award Website
In satisfaction of 2012 purchases, this certificate verifies that wind generated electricity in the amount of 500 MWh was produced and delivered to the electric grids of the United States and further warrants that the Renewable Electricity Attributes to the extent such attributes exist or arise from and for such wind generated electricity have been or will be permanently retired on behalf of Broudy Printing Inc.
Wall-to-Wall Studios won the Best of Show honors for a single medium campaign called “Silk Scream,” done for an Asian horror film screening at Point Park University in October. Last year, the agency took the prize for work done for the Burgatory restaurant.
Brunner was given the Judges Award of Excellence for the third year in a row, this time for a nontraditional public service campaign trying to raise money for a World War II memorial to honor veterans in southwestern Pennsylvania. The agency used a live model dressed as a soldier and posed him on a granite base as a temporary memorial.
Illustration by John Hinderliter
Below are some of the pieces Broudy printed that were recognized at the 2013 Addy® Awards.
Collateral Material – Annual Report
Wall-to-Wall Studios, Agency
Where Will You Find the URA? Annual Report
Larkin Werner, Creative Director
James Nesbitt, Creative Director
Ann Trondle-Price, Writer
Doug Dean, Designer
Jack Wolf, Photographer
Casey Worthing, Giant Asterisk Construction, Production
Broudy Printing, Printer
Advertising Industry Self-Promotion – Cards, Invitations
Brunner Holiday Card
Jay Giesen, Executive Creative Director
Rob Schapiro, Executive Creative Director
Dave Vissat, Creative Director
Shawn Smith, ACD Art Director
Brandon Poole, Copywriter
Tom Karcher, Retoucher
Ray Schmitt, Print Producer
Broudy Printing, Printer
For more information visit the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Broudy is proud to congratulate BD&E for their recent success in the 2012 Collegiate Advertising Awards. BD&E won awards in several categories, including a Gold Award in the Recruitment Category for their Dual Degree Brochure, which was printed by Broudy Printing. Congratulations on the fine work!
In the season of giving, Broudy Printing is proud to make a charitable donation to the American Red Cross in the name of our clients.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Read more →
First, the definition of a self-mailer: It’s a folded piece that is letter-sized, isn’t mailed in an envelope and doesn’t have a binding. If it has staples in the fold, it is a defined as a booklet, not a self-mailer, and booklets aren’t affected by these changes.
Now, the new regulations document is long and complicated. But, the majority of you only need to know the following:
1) Final folds on the top will no longer be allowed.
2) Self-mailers that now only need one tab on the top will need two.
3) Quarter-fold self-mailers will need to be at least 70# book (=28# bond).
4) No tabs will be allowed on the bottom. Read more →
Beginning early next year, the Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.
The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in Jan. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:
- Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to 46 cents
- Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) – $1.10
- Postcards – 1-cent increase to 33 cents
Prices for all products (Mailing and Shipping services) will increase by 4-percent, but prices for Mailing Services, such as regular letters and advertising matter, will increase only 2.6-percent. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices will also be available at http://pe.usps.com.
Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).
Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.
A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:
- Small box – $5.80
- Medium box – $12.35
- Large box – $16.85
- Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
- Regular envelope – $5.60• Legal envelope – $5.75
- Padded envelope – $5.95
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.