USPS Exigent Rate Case – Parcel fever!
The deadline was September 2, 2010 to file a comment on the upcoming Exigent Rate case. With that in mind, let’s talk about a possible change that will affect parcel mailers. The USPS wants to become competitive in the area of Parcels. During the week of AUG 16th the USPS filed a request with the (PRC) Postal Regulatory Commission to move Commercial Standard Mail Fulfillment Parcels from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product. When and if things are approved as the PRC still needs to approve the Standard Mail parcel design changes as written and requested in the exigent Rate Case filing, this is what we will then have: Marketing Parcels and Fulfillment Parcels.
So what is a Marketing/Fulfillment Parcel?
Marketing parcels are replacing the Not-Flat Machinable category (NFM’s) A piece that is up to 2 inches thick can then be mailed as marketing parcel.
Fulfillment parcels are used for mailing products that are purchased that weigh up to 1 pound and they need to be addressed to a business owner or a named resident. Standard Mail Fulfillment Parcels will increase around 23% for Jan. 2, 2011.