The USPS Proposes Rate Change for January 26, 2020

The USPS® Proposes Rate Change for January 26, 2020
On October 9, 2019, the USPS® filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Committee (PRC) to change the prices of shipping services such as Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® and First-Class Package Service. If approved, these changes will take effect on January 26, 2020.

A big takeaway is that the First Class Mail® rates are staying the same with stamps still costing 55 cents. In addition, postage meters will continue to save 5 cents, or 9% over stamps.

This rate change for shipping products is timed similar to UPS® and FedEx® that historically adjust prices each January. On January 6, 2020, FedEx will raise prices an average of 4.9%.

The Postal Service continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday or holiday season delivery.

Outlined below are highlights you can expect for the upcoming January 2020 rate change.

First-Class Mail® Rates will remain unchanged.

Priority Mail® Rates to increase by 4.1% while Flat Rate products increase from 4.9% to 6.2%.
The proposed domestic Priority Mail® Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

Priority Mail Express® Rates to increase by 3.5%
The proposed domestic Priority Mail Express® Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

FP will continue to provide updates as soon as they are released by the USPS®. To access the most updated rate change information, visit:

FP’s Rate Change Page

 

Don’t you hate it when you get an error ‘Maximum Weight Exceeded’!!? But if you have a Postbase it’s an easy fix.

  • A message stating ‘Maximum Weight Exceeded’ (the weight is too much for the selected class of service) If the mail exceeds 13 ounces, the system will display a message: ‘Maximum Weight Exceeded’.
  • Press OK, then use the Product button to select Priority Mail, then Retail, then type the first 3 digits of the destination zip code to properly rate the piece. (Note: Mail must be processed in the specific manner required by the US Postal Service –if an error message is displayed when selecting a certain service or class,you are likely not choosing the correct option available. Consult USPS regulations.)

PostBase Mailing System Quick Tips/Troubleshooting

Most errors can be cleared by following the prompts on the screen and/or powering down and then restarting the system.

Please remember when restarting your machine:

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  • You need to take out your internet cable first, then firmly press and release the silver power button

 

  • Once completely off plug in your internet cable in first before you turn your machine back on. Firmly press and release the silver power button (it will illuminate blue when power is on)

 

  • (Note: The Ethernet/CAT-5 cable must be connected to the PostBase BEFORE the system was turned on.)

 

Like most things we own a simple restart can fix most problems, like your cell phone, your cable TV, your husband..