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USPS Marketing Mail™ (Standard Mail®) Markings and Labels Update The Postal Service™ published a DMM Advisory on Friday, June 30, 2017, and Friday, July 7, 2017 stating the Postal Service continues to work with the industry on a timeline for implementation for the required use of new postage markings, permit imprint indicia, and sack, tray, and pallet labels. No changes will be implemented prior to January 2019. 

First-Class Mail Rate Increase. On August 9, 2017, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the transfer of the First-Class Mail Parcels product from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list. The approved new rates will go into effect on September 3, 2017Check here for rate charts and details. 

PRC Decision on Proposed Move Update Assessment Change. The PRC on August 23, 2017 issued an order approving the price adjustment and classification changes related to move update assessments in MC2017-7. The changes included increasing the move update assessment from 7 cents to 8 cents, establishing an error threshold of 0.5 percent, extending no-fee ACS to qualifying non-Full-Service mailpieces for mailers that meet specific criteria, and removing references to the Move Update assessment charge from the USPS Marketing Mail Parcels section of the MCS.  PRC approved the USPS’ proposed changes in this case, finding that the proposed changes are reasonable. 

Uniformed Launch, An Open Letter to the Mailing Industry from PostCom and Idealliance. As they make the public case for legislative and regulatory relief, the Postal Service asks the mailing public to trust them to be responsible stewards of the mailing industry, promising aggressive management actions to promote efficiency and improve service. Unfortunately, some recent events call into question USPS’ commitment to its business customers’ interests and its ability to deliver collaboratively on initiatives deemed critical to the future of the mail.  Full Article

U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Third Quarter Results.  The U.S. Postal Service reported revenue of $16.7 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 (April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017). Revenue for the quarter was essentially unchanged compared to the same quarter last year, excluding the effect of a $1.1 billion non-cash change in accounting estimate recognized during the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. 

National Association of Letter Carriers Ratifies 40-month Deal. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) membership has ratified a new 40-month labor contract with the Postal Service.The contract covers approximately 211,000 USPS employees represented by the union. The new agreement runs through Sept. 20, 2019.