Even if your mail is addressed properly the USPS mat still be unable to make a delivery. For instance, your customer may have moved or the building may be vacant. By using special addressing services called ancillary service endorsements, you can give the Postal Service specific instructions for how to handle your mail if it is undeliverable as addressed. Depending on the purpose of your mailing, you may want those pieces forwarded to customers who have moved, or you may want a corrected address returned to you.
Ancillary service endorsements include five basic phrases that are printed on the address side of your mail piece: “Address Service Requested,” “Return Service Requested,” “Change Service Requested,” “Forwarding Service Requested” and “Electronic Service Requested.”
Undeliverable mail is handled differently depending on the class of mail, the endorsement you use and how recently your customer has moved. Some of these actions have fees associated with them and may cost you money. First-class mail is forwarded to the new address free of charge and, if undeliverable, returned to you for free. That’s really good value for your postage. You can use an ancillary service endorsement to change how we treat your First-class mail. Undeliverable standard mail that doesn’t have an endorsement is disposed of by the Postal Service. This is a good reason to make sure that your address list is correct and current.
Post Office Tips
-Before you put an endorsement on your mail piece, make sure you understand what service you will receive and what fees may be charged for that service.
-Pay special attention to the weighted fee charge for standard mail endorsed “Address Service Requested” or “Forwarding Service Requested.” This fee more than doubles the original postage cost and catches many by surprise.
-The best way to avoid undeliverable or returned pieces is to check the accuracy of your address list before you mail.
- Postal Service Mail Volume Decline Mail use has been changing over the past decade as businesses and consumers have moved to electronic communication and payment alternatives. Mail volume decline has accelerated with the recession, particularly among major users in the advertising, financial, and housing sectors. Mail volume has typically returned after recessions, but USPS’s 5-year forecast suggests that much of the recent volume decline will not return.
Action is needed in multiple areas, including possible action and support by Congress; no single change will be sufficient to address USPS’s challenges. • The short-term challenge for USPS is to cut costs quickly enough to offset volume and revenue declines, so that it can cover its operating expenses. • The long-term challenge is to restructure USPS operations, networks, and workforce to reflect changes in mail volume, revenue, and use of mail.
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- History of Stamps
The U.S. Postal Service was created in 1775 under the direction of Benjamin Franklin and the Second Continental Congress. In 1840, Britain was the first country to formally introduce a system of postage stamps, but America was quick to catch on. The first U.S. postage stamps, issued seven years later in 1847, featured a picture of Benjamin Franklin on the five-cent stamp and George Washington on the ten-cent stamp. The revenues from the stamps were used to develop infrastructure for the postal service and also to pay for other federal expenditures (although there was generally not enough revenue to fund pork-barrel projects). The famous “pony express” mail service –developed by William H. Russell as a means to transport mail to the western United States- was partially funded by stamp revenues. At KD Mailing we offer the look of Live Postage ...
- Charity Stamps
Semipostals or “Charity Stamps” cost more than a regular First-class stamp and the difference in price is donated to a particular philanthropic cause. Semipostals have been around for a long time. Britain introduced a semipostal envelope in 1890 with the same idea of earning revenue for charity as our current semipostal stamps. The Australian province of New South Whales initiated a semipostal stamp in 1897 to aid victims of tuberculosis, which was a devastating disease on the continent at that time. Germany and France introduced semipostal stamps before the first Great War broke out in 1914 and Finland released a semipostal stamp to aid the Red Cross in the War’s aftermath.
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- Postage Rate Increase
What the New Postage Increases Mean for Business
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The price of a U.S. First-Class postage stamp increased keeps increasing as well as the price of the Forever stamp. These increases may not seem like much to individual consumers, but anyone familiar with the postage industry knows that rate hikes will have tremendous implications for commerce.
The postage rate hike is intimidating for companies that rely on the mail to do business. Yet, it also presents a unique opportunity for companies to examine how they use the postal service. Many mailing service businesses do not take full advantage of the wide range of discounts offered by the USPS. With proper guidance, these companies can still save money on postage despite the proposed increase in postage rates.
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