The USPS recently filed a rate case with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for changes to rates and mailing regulations set to go into effect January 22, 2017, and we’re hearing that the commission is close to accepting these proposals as submitted. So, to help you with your budget planning, here’s a recap of the proposal.
The proposed overall rate increase is just under 1%, based on the final Consumer Price Index (CPI). First Class mail increases by an average of 0.8%, Standard Mail 0.9%, Periodicals 0.8%, Packages by 1% and Special Services by 2.5%. Here’s some good news- while some products within each class will see a price increase, other products will actually experience a price decrease!
First Class Mail
The proposal includes a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class stamp to 49-cents. For the second year in a row, metered mail would decrease, this time from 46.5-cents to 46-cents.
There would be a single price for First-Class Mail presorted letters weighing up to 3.5 oz. – an increase over the current 2 oz. cap. This encourages First-Class presort mailers to include more in their mail. The Mixed and MDC rates will increase by 1%, while the 5-digit rate will decrease by 0.8%. The 3-digit automation rate would be eliminated and consolidated into the mixed rates.
First-Class flat rates will increase by an average of 1.9%. The single-piece 1 oz. retail flat will increase from $0.94 to $0.98, or 4.3%. A basic postcard remains at 34-cents. Presort postcards will increase by an average of 1%. Parcels up to 4 oz. will pay a uniform price with an increase of 1.9%, with an incremental 18-cent increase for each additional ounce.
Standard Class Mail to “USPS Marketing Mail”
It starts with a name change of the “Standard Mail” class to “USPS Marketing Mail”. Mailers will need to change their indicia imprint by july, 2018. The proposal increases the weight limit of Standard Mail automation letters from 3.3 to 3.5 oz., and non-automation letters and flats to 4.0 oz. before piece/pound rates apply. Some good news here: Automated Standard Mail letters decrease at the Mixed and AADC levels by 1 o/o, while the 5-digit rate decreases by 1.6%. The 3-digit rate level is being consolidated into a single rate at the MDC level.
Prices for Standard flats will increase an average of 2.5% inclusive of non-automated mail; however, some heavy weight flats will see decreases of up to 7%. In addition, the USPS is reducing the structure of NDC, SCF and DDU entry discounts.
The rate case proposal is encouraging for non-profit letter mailers, but not flats mailers. For letters, the 5-digit letter rates decline 2.9% and High Density/Saturation rates decline 7.5%. For flats, the 5-digit rate increases 3%, and High Density/Saturation rates increase 3.8%.
Each year, at least once per year, the U.S. Postal Service changes rates across various mail classes and extra services. This year, USPS price change takes place on May 31, 2015.
Rate Update Highlights
- Metered First Class 1oz letter increases from $0.48 to $0.485
- First Class letter additional ounce increases from $0.21 to $0.22.
- Postcard increases from $0.34 to $0.35.
- First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) will remain the same at $0.49 when purchased at the Post Office. Each additional ounce will cost $0.22 (up one cent from 2014).
- The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will increase from $0.48 to $0.485 in 2015.
- First Class Flats (1 oz.) will stay the same at $0.98 in 2015. Each additional ounce will cost $0.22 (up one cent from 2014).
- Postcard rates will increase by one cent to $0.35 from $0.34.
- Media Mail will see an increase of 6.2% in 2015. Rates will start at $2.72 (1 lb.), up $0.03 compared to 2014.
- Parcel Select (non-presort) will see an increase of 9.8% in 2015. Rates for a 1 lb. package will begin at $5.70.
- Parcel Select rates are decreasing for heavier packages. Packages weighing 6 lbs. to 24 lbs. that are being shipped to Zones 1 – 4 will see a decrease of up to $9.35 per package (15 lb., Zone 4) in 2015.
- First Class Package Service will see an increase of 5.1% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $2.04 (1 oz.), up $0.11 compared to 2014.
- Priority Mail rates are NOT INCREASING in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will continue to start at $5.05.
- Priority Mail Express rates are NOT INCREASING in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will continue to start at $13.09.
- USPS Tracking when purchased online will cost $0.36 in 2015, compared to $0.23 in 2014.
- Postage for First Class Mail International Letters (1 oz.) and postcards will increase by five cents from $1.15 to $1.20.
- First Class Package International Service will see an increase of 7.2% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $6.39 (1 oz.), up $0.23 compared to 2014.
- Priority Mail International will see an increase of 5.5% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates (for all countries except Canada) will start at $32.63 (1 lb.), up $0.70 compared to 2014.
- For Priority Mail International packages being shipped to Canada, zoned prices based on origin ZIP Code have been introduced. Commercial Base (online postage) rates for a 1 lb. package will begin at $26.75.
- Priority Mail Express International will see an increase of 6.7% in 2015. Commercial Base (online postage) rates will start at $35.53 (0.5 lbs.), up $2.29 compared to 2014.
Domestic Rate Changes At-a-Glance
|MAIL CLASS||ABSOLUTE CHANGE||PERCENT CHANGE|
|Retail First-Class Letter (1 oz)||Remains 49¢||No change|
|Metered First-Class Letter (1 oz)||From 48¢ to 48.5¢||1.0%|
|First-Class Postcard||From 34¢ to 35¢||2.9%|
|Priority Mail||Varies||No changes|
|MAIL CLASS||BEFORE MAY 31||AFTER MAY 31|
|First class letter stamp||$0.49||$0.49|
|First class letter metered||$0.48||$0.485|
|Additional ounces for first-class letters||$0.21||$0.22|
|First class postcard||$0.34||$0.35|
|Int’l. first class letter stamp||$1.15||$1.20|
|Int’l first-class postcard||$1.15||$1.20|
|Domestic Priority Mail||Varies||No changes|
|International Priority Mail||Varies||Avg. 5.5% increase|
|First class flat (up to 1oz)||$0.98||$0.98|
|Additional ounces for first-class flats||$0.21||$0.22|
|First class package||Varies||Avg. 5.1% increase|
|SERVICE||BEFORE MAY 31||AFTER MAY 31|
|Tracking (except Std. Mail)||Varies||$0.00 (free with IMB and IMPB USPS Tracking)|
|Standard Mail Tracking||$0.23||$0.36|
|Electronic Certified Mail||$1.30||$1.35|
|Electronic Return Receipt||$1.35||$1.40|
|Retail Return Receipt||$2.70||$2.80|
|Electronic Signature Confirmation for packages||$2.90||$3.00|
|Retail Signature Confirmation for packages||$2.35||$2.45|
Broudy Printing was honored to be chosen to print a new book by artist Ron Donoughe called “90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods” . The book features the paintings of Ron Donoughe, who visited and painted in each of 90 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and created all 90 painting. He says, “This is my home and this project is my visual love letter to people of Pittsburgh.”
To learn more watch the featured segment with Dave Crawley on KDKA.
The paintings are being exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) May 15th – August 2015. Click here to find out more information about the exhibition.
In collaboration with the PCA, and he published a book about the project, which is full color, 130 pages, and features all 90 paintings. As his paintings were made locally, Ron wanted to have his book printed in Pittsburgh, not overseas. As Ron said, “It just makes sense to source it locally.” To help make this possible, he create an online crowd-funding campaign where he successfully raised over $20,000 to keep the design and printing in Pittsburgh.
For more information visit Ron Donoughe’s website www.donoughe.com
Broudy Printing was proud to be selected to produce the Land Art Generator Initiative Art + Energy Flash Cards. These cards are designed to strengthen the pragmatic problem solving skills needed to address solutions for 21st century energy challenges by offering an engaging tool for science education. They highlight real world applications of STEAM objectives and teach about the importance of sustainability in design.
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, engineers, and others in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to see to the design and construction of public art installations that uniquely combine aesthetics with utility-scale clean energy generation. The works will serve to inspire and educate while they provide renewable power to thousands of homes around the world.
March 24, 2014—Broudy Printing Inc. is proud to announce implementation of a new Prinect Image Control spectral color measurement and quality control system.The technology allows Broudy to significantly reduce our makeready time, as well as to reduce the number of sheets needed to attain color. The new Image Control system is used on our eight-color Speedmaster CD 102 press with aqueous coating. Image Control provides greater control than the Axis Control that is in use on our six-color Speedmaster CD 102 press with aqueous coating.
At Broudy we are continually reducing our costs and improving our turnaround times. By spending less time pulling fewer sheets, we have better control of the image area and we can measure color with greater accuracy due to the system’s enhanced resolution for spectral image measurement. The system generates detailed reports we can use both for internal analysis, as well as to show customers exactly what we have accomplished.
Broudy Printing Inc. is a G7 Master Printer providing custom and innovative printing solutions to customers in the education, healthcare, financial, and non-profit markets. The third-generation, family run company utilizes state-of-the art equipment to produce materials efficiently and timely has been a Heidelberg customer and an all-Heidelberg shop from its founding.
Having the ability to view and document our manufacturing efficiencies removes the human element and enables us to show our customers their products and explain what we’re doing right. Prinect Image Control provides deviations, tolerances, and data points that enable us to print ‘to the numbers’ and show how well the operator ran a particular job, and then to store and retrieve those parameters, as needed, for repeat jobs. It takes a lot of the subjectivity away and gives us more pixels and greater accuracy instead.
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.