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Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change
Implementation for all Products Will Occur at a Later Date
The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”). This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices. After considering the complexity of the required programming changes in view of the remand of some of our proposed changes by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the specific complications that our customers might face; the potential cost to the supply chain as a whole of a staggered implementation, the Postal Service has decided to delay implementation until all of our proposed rates and classification changes can be implemented at one time.
While proposed prices for First Class Mail, Special Services and Competitive Products have all been approved by the PRC, prices for the Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services classes have twice been remanded back to the Postal Service by the PRC for a wide array of technical and other concerns that are primarily related to the complexities of the price cap and the manner in which it is calculated. Rather than subject our customers to a piecemeal implementation of our new prices, the Postal Service has decided that the best course of action would be to wait until our complete price proposal is approved by our regulator. We have no desire to saddle our valued customers with the additional costs and burdens of a staggered implementation while we work with the PRC to obtain final approval of our remaining prices. We will set a new implementation date when we propose new prices for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services in response to the PRC’s March 18th remand order.
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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch invites the general public to the 11th Annual 2015 Business Expo & Multicultural Marketplace scheduled for Friday, March 6th! This exciting one-stop event will provide an opportunity for small, minority and women-owned businesses to introduce their products and services while networking with other entrepreneurs.
At the Expo you will be able to participate in a variety of workshops which include: How to Do Business with the City of Bridgeport, the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government, and Cutting Edge Marketing Strategies That Get You Noticed and Access to Capital. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to receive free health education and wellness information and screenings.
Learn about shipping options available through the US Postal Service! Check out the article on the Postal Tid Bits tab on the left side of this page.
Executive Mail Center Manager Certification=April 21 - 23 - joint event with CT PCCs and Western MA PCC - North Haven, CT (info below)
Mailpiece Design Professional Certification June 2 - 3 – Joint event with CT PCCs and Western MA PCC - Springfield, Ma (info below)
The PCC will be offering these training sessions locally in 2015 (dates still to be determined). If you are interested in getting more information, please contact ghpcc@pcc-ct-org. Please check the Upcoming Local Workshop Tab on the left column.
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Join us for one of our upcoming Grow Your Business Days where we will offer an in-depth overview of our Every Door Direct Mail service as well as the benefits and features of Online Shipping at USPS.com. To RSVP, please contact Frank Polacco, Business Development Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (860) 524-6264.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Change of address services
services. COA requests made at Post Offices are available at no cost. There’s a
USPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites.
Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later.
Consumers often find the sites while searching for change of address information online. Some sites falsely claim to be affiliated with the Postal Service.
USPS has no relationships with non-postal sites that offer change of address $1.05 identity verification fee to process COA requests submitted online.
Customers who used a non-postal site to submit a change of address request and request a refund should be referred to the business that operates the site
USPS GOING MOBILE
Since the launch of the Postal Service mobile application (app), more than 4.6 million people have downloaded the app in its iPhone, Android and BlackBerry configurations. No matter the device, customers can use the app to track packages, find Post Office locations, calculate shipping prices, look up ZIP Codes, schedule pickups, order supplies or request hold mail services.
The iPhone application, released in December 2009, has been downloaded by 3.6 million customers and is ranked the 11th most popular free business application in the Apple App Store. The Android application, released in March 2011, has been downloaded about 900,000 times.
Each platform application has recorded millions of visits. Customers using the iPhone version are visiting USPS online more than 1 million times each week. Go to https://www.usps.com/mobile/info.htm to get started.
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