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Posted by on Jan 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

USPS’ “Big Announcement” Is Just Shipping Rate Hikes?

UPDATE (12:10 p.m.): Jerry McKiernan, Manager of Media Relations for USPS, called back. He says he has “nothing to announce today.”

The USPS won’t call us back regarding the “Big Announcement” that is scheduled to be announced today, but they did release a press release today talking about the rate hikes for USPS shipping prices that we reported last week. (They also released an Edgar Allan Poe stamp today, but we’re guessing that wasn’t the announcement that got everyone so interested.)

– Staff at The National Spending Journal, By Shoeboxed

Shipping Rate Increases Were the Big Announcement?

Shipping Rate Increases Were the Big Announcement?

The USPS press release:

WASHINGTON — Commercial shippers can take advantage of new volume price incentives when shipping through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) starting next week.

Commercial Plus pricing launches Jan. 18, with up-front price incentives for qualifying shippers using USPS overnight and 2- to 3-day expedited services.

The incentives will be available for domestic Express Mail and Priority Mail users who meet established volume requirements. On average, Commercial Plus prices for Express Mail will be 14.5 percent less than USPS retail prices; Priority Mail Commercial Plus prices will average 7 percent less.

“Commercial Plus pricing is an extraordinary value for our high-volume shippers,” said Gary Reblin, vice president of Expedited Shipping. “It’s our reward to customers for their loyalty in consistently shipping with the Postal Service.”

Reblin says customers benefit from the competitive price position of Express Mail and Priority Mail in the market, especially for packages weighing 5 pounds or less. “Even before the new incentives, Express Mail and Priority Mail services are the best values in shipping,” he said. “Commercial Plus prices are the icing on the cake.”

As an example of the savings available, Commercial Plus customers will pay $14.96 for an Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope, compared to the $17.50 retail price. Commercial Plus Priority Mail flat-rate savings compared to retail prices are shown in the accompanying table.

Flat-Rate Envelopes and Boxes Retail Commercial Plus
Priority Mail
Envelope $4.95 $4.75
Small box $4.95 $4.75
Regular box $10.35 $9.67
Large box $13.95 $13.27
Large box (APO/FPO) $11.95 $11.30

To qualify for Commercial Plus savings, customers must ship 6,000 or more pieces of Express Mail per year — about 25 pieces a day — or 100,000 or more pieces of Priority Mail per year — about 420 a day. Customers also must use a USPS-approved payment method, including an Express Mail Corporate Account,,, Pitney Bowes or other USPS-authorized online postage provider.

  • diablo

    testing, one,…two,…three. is my mic on ??

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  • greaaat

    good one Post Office…. leak that you’re having an announcement… and then don’t have it. haha i get it.

    wait, no i don’t. you suck.

  • dan the mailman

    How about an announcement that they plan on laying off all those who don’t touch the mail. problem solved.

  • Disgruntled

    How about we get on with it and just put an incentive to an early out plan so we can get on with our lives you bunch of SOB’s! 1 years salary and out the door we go…I’m ready to roll… but;
    If it makes any sense the Postal service doesn’t do it! PERIOD.

  • Wounded Mailman

    I am/was a rural carrier and was involved in a vehicle accident that was not my fault, and has forced me to be on limited duty status permantly. I am now considered a rehab clerk and I am on the bottom of the senority ladder. All of the perks I enjoyed with the senority I had no longer exist. Now we have the layoff rumors and I am told that not only are the PTF’s on the list but those with less than 7 years of service and rehab clerks. Because I was hurt on the job, my postmaster explained to me that if/when a layoff occurs to me, I would still be paid full salary. Which makes no sense to me, but then again, when does the postal service do anything that makes sense. I do the jobs I am assigned to the best of my ability even though at the end of the day I am in pain and dread the next day knowing it will be the same ol thing. If the layoffs are going to happen, why not let us know so we can get on with our life the best we can? The big announcement panned out to be nothing. It is my thinking that the postal service will wait till after mail count to do anything for what better way to have the necessary reasons for their actions than fix the figures of the mail count to give them the reason to do the layoffs. Anyone that knows anything for sure, please let the rest of us in on it.

  • smithville resident

    How about not giving the postmasters their $20,000-$40,000 yearly bonus and high monthly pay and maybe they wouldent have to raise the prices of stamps so high and the post office can stay in buisness and not have the threat of going to a five day work week, which would result in a lay off of postal workers, (Oh wait I forgot the post office doesent lay people off, they just dont give them work for long periods of time which results in no paycheck), I can handle that, what was I worrying about. silly me I can go months with no paycheck, my bills will pay themselves I will only loose my house and car, while the postmaster is out buying a new house and new car with cash. why pay these people all this money when they dont even handle the mail, it is the carriers that are getting the short end of the stick, while their in the cold, hot, rain sleet and snow working their ass off to get back to office and be told that they took to long on the route and will not be getting paid overtime, only to work twice as hard the next day and be told that they finished to quickly, they cant win, but its ok because the postmaster gets to leave at 11:30am and be with his family. I am a christian I love everybody or at least so he said.