USPS Suspends Mail Delivery Wed, Dec 5 for National Day of Mourning

December 3rd, 2018 Comments off

President Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, December 5, 2018 as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.

To honor President Bush for his vast contributions to public service during his lifetime, the U.S. Postal Service will observe a day of mourning and will suspend regular mail delivery and Post Office/retail services on Wednesday, December 5.

USPS Operations That Will Continue on Wednesday, Dec 5
Service Status
Priority Mail Express All Priority Mail Express items will be delivered as scheduled.
Package Pickup USPS will conduct scheduled package pickup requests.  IMPORTANT! No new package pickups are being scheduled for December 5.
Plant Operations All plant operations, including Network Distribution Centers (NDC) and Sectional Center Facilities (SCF), will operate as scheduled except delivery point sequence (DPS) processing. FAST appointments will be accepted.
Air & Surface Transportation Air and Surface transportation operate as scheduled, and scheduled dispatches to Post Offices will occur.
USPS Customer Support Call Center In operation but may have reduced staffing.
Delivery Destination Units (DDU) All DDUs will accept drop shipments.

 

USPS Operations That Will Be Suspended on Wednesday, Dec 5
Service Status
General Mail Delivery Regular USPS mail delivery will be suspended. There will be limited package delivery consistent with our Peak Season Sunday schedule.
Post Office/Retail Post Offices will be closed. All retail operations will be suspended.
Collection Box (Blue Boxes in Streets) Mail will be collected from boxes in front of Post Offices and high volume boxes that have a potential to overflow. All other box collections will be suspended.
Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) The BMEU/Detached Mail Unit (DMU) in plant locations will be open, while BMEU operations will be suspended at Post Office locations.
USPS Administrative Offices including Headquarters All administration offices will be closed.

Get more info from USPS.com.

Handling Fake Competitor Reviews with Class

November 28th, 2018 Comments off

No business is perfect. At some point, an employee will make a mistake or a customer won’t be satisfied and you’ll end up with an unflattering review. But if you reach out and fix the problem, you may be able to turn that bad review around.

Unfortunately, not all negative reviews are legitimate. In fact, some criticism could be entirely fabricated by your competitors with the intention of tarnishing your hard-earned reputation. The worst part is that research suggests small businesses could lose 22% of their revenue from just one bad online article. Continue reading to learn how to identify and address fake reviews before they ruin your reputation.

Spotting Fake Reviews

It may seem impossible to root out false reviews, but with a few simple tricks you’ll become a pro at catching the counterfeits.

Start by keeping thorough records of every online review mentioning your business. You may want to reference the good ones with customers, and you’ll definitely need to address the bad ones to maintain a clean reputation.

Create a spreadsheet and add columns for each of the following: website address, review, review type, review date, and notes. Next, you’ll want to categorize each review type as positive, neutral or negative. Then, fill in the notes column with any details, including incidents on record or whether you’ve reached out to the individual or website. Finally, open and read each critique and look for these signs of fake reviews:

  • Vagueness — If someone has never been to your store or done business with your company their review may lack detail. Legitimate complaints usually include a name or description rather than generic statements like: “rude and dishonest salespeople.”
  • Me, Me, Me — Deceptive reviewers often default to using more first-person pronouns like “I” and “me”. This is because our brains tend to draw from what we know (ourselves) when fabricating stories.
  • More Doing, Less Seeing — When asked to describe real events, people remember the things they saw and touched. Conversely, when we lie, we usually describe actions because they’re easier to make up.

Reporting Fake Reviews

Once you’ve identified fake reviews it’s time to take action. Unfortunately, many review sites won’t remove complaints unless you can definitively prove that they’re fictitious. But if you gather plenty of evidence to support your claims then they may be willing to help. Try locating sales records and email exchanges, and compare the location of the reviewer to your business address.

While ripoffreport.com won’t remove complaints, reputable sites like Yelp, Google and Facebook are willing to look at dishonest content. Each site has specific guidelines for removing reviews, though, so you should become familiar with individual policies before submitting a grievance.

Responding to Fake Reviews

While removing false reviews should always be your goal, sometimes this just isn’t possible. In these situations, you should submit a rebuttal or response to clarify the situation with readers. However, you’ll need to word your reply carefully so you don’t cause more damage to your reputation. Here are some tips to respond to fake reviews with class:

 

  • Be Patient — Before responding to a fake review, wait to see if it subsides in your search results. Sometimes reviews fall to page 2 or 3 in Google where they won’t be seen. However, responding to them could signal to Google that the content is relevant to your brand, pushing them higher up in the search results.
  • Cast Doubt — Calmly explain that you have no record of an incident that matches the reviewer’s name or situation. State that you take customer service very seriously, and offer to resolve the issue over the phone or via email. Readers may doubt the authenticity of the complaint, and you’ll demonstrate your willingness to fix issues.
  • Talk to the Readers — The author of the fake review will probably never read your response. Therefore, respond in a way that you want potential readers of the complaint to see your company. Using facts and bullet points can also help to build your case.

 

Fake reviews are frustrating and costly, but you don’t have to live with them. Fighting back with class and a strategic plan could be enough to fix your reputation. If you’re still unsuccessful and have the budget, you can turn to more traditional methods like digital marketing and PR to eradicate the negative content. But these techniques often require a substantial long-term investment.

Here’s a quick recap of that strategy again: Record all online reviews about your business. Learn to sniff out fake reviews. Remove what you can, and always respond with the reader in mind. Following this advice will put you on the path to developing a shining reputation for your small business.

 

Jonas Sickler is an expert in crisis communications and online reputation management. His advice has been featured in over 60 publications, including Forbes, Washington Post, CNBC, The Street, U.S. News and Business News Daily. Follow along on Twitter.

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2019 USPS Postage Rate Increase – International Shipping

November 6th, 2018 Comments off


The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The analysis below highlights the 2019 USPS rate increase for INTERNATIONAL shipping services.

FIRST CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
First Class Package International Service rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

Price Group 1 (Canada)
• Price Group 1 is seeing a shipping rate increase ranging from $0.48 (up to 8 ounces – $9.98) to $1.66 (49 to 64 ounces /4 lbs. – $37.05)

First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
CANADA – Price Group 1 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $16.39 $15.20 $1.19
2 lbs. / 32 oz. $16.39 $15.20 $1.19
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $24.94 $23.99 $0.95
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $37.05 $35.39 $1.66


Price Group 2 (Mexico) and Price Group 3 (Pacific Rim including Australia, China, Japan and South Korea)

  • For 2019, there will be no shipping rate increase for Price Group 2 or Price Group 3
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
AUSTRALIA – Price Group 3 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.33 $22.33 $0.00
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.33 $22.33 $0.00
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $33.25 $33.25 $0.00
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $50.11 $50.11 $0.00

 

Price Group 4 (Eastern Europe including Russia, Czech Republic and Turkey)

  • Price Group 4 is seeing a shipping rate increase ranging from $0.48 (up to 8 ounces = $9.98) to $1.66 (49 to 64 ounces /4 lbs. = $37.05)
  • There is no rate increase for Price Group 4 for parcels weighing OVER 2 lbs.
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
RUSSIA – Price Group 4 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.80 $21.85 $0.95
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.80 $21.85 $0.95
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $34.91 $34.91 $0.00
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $56.53 $56.53 $0.00


Price Group 5 (Western Europe including Germany, France, Spain and UK)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $1.67, to $35.63
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $9.02, to $57.95
First Class Package International Service – 2019 Rates
UK – Price Group 5 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight 2019 2018 Increase
1 lb. / 16 oz. $22.80 $22.33 $0.47
2 lbs. / 32 oz $22.80 $22.33 $0.47
3 lbs. / 48 oz. $35.63 $33.96 $1.67
4 lbs. / 64 oz. $57.95 $48.93 $9.02

 

Price Group 6 (Southeast Asia including Taiwan, India, Philippines and New Zealand)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $4.03, to $36.81
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $7.12, to $59.85

 

Price Group 7 (Africa including Kenya, South Africa and Cameroon) and Price Group 8 (Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, UAE and Saudi Arabia)

  • For 2019, the will be no shipping rate increase for Price Group 7 and Price Group 8 for parcels weighing UNDER 2 lbs
  • For Price Group 7, parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.14, to $35.15
  • For Price Group 7, parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are NOT seeing a rate increase
  • For Price Group 8, parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.37, to $33.01
  • For Price Group 8, parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $2.14, to $52.19


Price Group 9 (South America including Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica)

  • Parcels weighing between 33 ounces (2 lbs. 1 ounce) to 48 ounces (3 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $3.57, to $36.58
  • Parcels weighing between 49 ounces (3 lbs. 1 ounce) to 64 ounces (4 lbs.) are seeing a rate increase of $10.45, to $59.38

 

PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL
Priority Mail International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

  • Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes are seeing a rate increase from $1.15 (Price Group 2 = $30.60) to $1.35 (Price Group 8 = $33.85)
  • Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $1.25 (Price Group 2 = $31.90) to $1.35 (Price Group 8 = $34.85)
  • Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $2.70 (Price Group 2 = $68.70) to $2.90 (Price Group 8 = $73.90)
  • Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Boxes are seeing a rate increase from $3.60 (Price Group 2 = $89.55) to $3.85 (Price Group 8 = $96.70)
  • Listed below are increases per package for popular shipping destinations:
Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
CANADA – Price Group 1 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $32.59 $31.35 $1.24
2 $35.20 $33.87 $1.33
3 $37.81 $36.39 $1.42
4 $40.42 $38.90 $1.52
5 $43.04 $41.42 $1.62
6 $45.65 $43.94 $1.71
7 $48.26 $46.46 $1.80
8 $50.92 $48.97 $1.95
9 $53.53 $51.49 $2.04
10 $56.15 $54.01 $2.14

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
AUSTRALIA – Price Group 10 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $48.07 $46.08 $1.99
2 $52.58 $50.49 $2.09
3 $57.10 $54.91 $2.19
4 $61.61 $59.33 $2.28
5 $66.12 $63.75 $2.37
6 $71.20 $68.64 $2.56
7 $76.29 $73.53 $2.76
8 $81.37 $78.42 $2.95
9 $86.45 $83.32 $3.13
10 $91.58 $88.21 $3.37

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
UK – Price Group 11 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $49.97 $47.98 $1.99
2 $54.39 $52.20 $2.19
3 $58.81 $56.43 $2.38
4 $63.22 $60.66 $2.56
5 $67.64 $64.89 $2.75
6 $70.82 $68.07 $2.75
7 $74.01 $71.25 $2.76
8 $77.19 $74.43 $2.76
9 $80.37 $77.62 $2.75
10 $83.55 $80.80 $2.75

 

Priority Mail International – 2019 Rates
JAPAN – Price Group 12 (CBP)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $49.21 $47.50 $1.71
2 $52.68 $50.78 $1.90
3 $56.19 $54.06 $2.13
4 $59.66 $57.33 $2.33
5 $63.13 $60.61 $2.52
6 $66.12 $63.51 $2.61
7 $69.11 $66.41 $2.70
8 $72.11 $69.30 $2.81
9 $75.10 $72.20 $2.90
10 $78.09 $75.10 $2.99

 

PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL
Priority Mail Express International rates will be increasing by an average of 3.9% in 2019.

  • Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelopes are seeing a rate increase of $1.45 (Price Group 1 = $42.30) to $2.10 (Price Group 7 = $61.90)
  • Priority Mail Express International parcels are seeing a rate increase of $0.00 (Price Group 2 – 0.5 lb = $51.30) to $21.69 (Price Group 7 – 70 lbs at = $514.69)


GLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED
Global Express Guaranteed rates will be increasing by an average of 4.9% in 2019.

  • Global Express Guaranteed parcels are seeing a rate increase of $3.13 (Price Group 1 – 0.5 lb = $64.41) to $49.92 (Price Group 8 – 70 lbs = $910.29)
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USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2018

October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced their 2018 shipping deadlines to ensure delivery by December 25th.  Be sure to mail by these deadlines if you are planning to use the USPS to send any mail or packages this Holiday season.

If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, note that your shipping deadlines may be different than those for the contiguous United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USPS Announces Postage Rate Increase – Starts January 27, 2019

October 19th, 2018 Comments off

The USPS has proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Sunday, January 27, 2019, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2019 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

 

First Class Mail Letters

  • The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
  • Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
  • First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
  • Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
  • Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
  • Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
  • The five cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.
First Class Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER LETTER – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight 2019 2018 Increase
Letters – 1 oz. $0.55 $0.50 $0.05
Letters  – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – 1 oz. $0.50 $0.47 $0.03
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate)
Additional Ounces
$0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Flat/Large Envelope – 1 oz. $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Postcards $0.35 $0.35 $0.00
International Letters – 1 oz.
(Country Groups 1-9)
$1.15 $1.15 $0.00
International Postcard
(Country Groups 1-9)
$1.15 $1.15 $0.00

 

Priority Mail Express (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.9%.
  • A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $36.52 in 2019 compared to $35.04 currently.
  • The USPS is adjusting the DIM Divisor for Priority Mail Express packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) from 194 to 166.
  • Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.
Priority Mail Express – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
0.5 $0.70 $0.75 $0.80 $0.90 $0.99 $1.08 $1.21 $5.23
1 $0.76 $0.83 $1.03 $1.18 $1.26 $1.38 $1.48 $6.24
2 $0.80 $0.94 $1.18 $1.36 $1.45 $1.57 $1.71 $6.95
3 $0.85 $1.03 $1.40 $1.65 $1.76 $1.90 $2.05 $8.08
4 $0.89 $1.16 $1.57 $1.95 $2.07 $2.25 $2.41 $9.23
5 $0.93 $1.30 $1.67 $2.09 $2.33 $2.49 $2.67 $10.25

 

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase ranging from $0.70 to $0.72 depending on the envelope used.
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $22.68 $21.98 $0.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $22.80 $22.09 $0.71
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $23.18 $22.46 $0.72

 

Priority Mail (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail will see an average increase of 5.9%.
  • A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.25 in 2019 compared to $7.76 currently.
  • Heavier weights for Priority Mail are seeing a rate decrease.  For packages weighing between 11 lbs. and 70 lbs., all shipping zones are seeing lower rates compared to 2018.  Cost savings range from $0.11 (11 lbs. Zone 1/2 = $10.67) to $1.37 savings (70 lbs. Zone 8 = $184.51) compared to 2018.
  • Medium weight packages (4 lbs. to 10 lbs.), traveling to Zone 5 and higher are seeing a decrease in rates compared to 2018, with costs being reduced by $0.17 (7 lbs. Zone 5 = $15.43) to $0.63 (5 lbs. Zone 8 = $20.40)
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Priority Mail packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 194 to 166.
  • Priority Mail parcels in all shipping zones will now receive DIM pricing for packages over 1 cubic foot.  Previously, only Priority Mail parcels being delivered to Zones 5-9 received DIM pricing.
  • Commercial Plus Pricing has been eliminated.
Priority Mail – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 $0.40 $0.28 $0.39 $0.45 $0.47 $0.49 $0.49 ($0.11)
2 $0.32 $0.36 $0.48 $0.35 $0.23 ($0.06) $0.06 ($0.16)
3 $0.41 $0.31 ($0.13) $0.00 ($0.36) ($0.05) ($0.06) ($0.22)
4 $0.40 $0.15 $0.12 ($0.31) ($0.43) ($0.48) ($0.54) ($0.27)
5 $0.40 ($0.17) ($0.25) ($0.32) ($0.48) ($0.55) ($0.63) ($0.31)

 

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $12.80 in 2019 from $12.85 currently.
  • Priority Mail Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $17.60 in 2019 from $17.65 currently.
  • Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope, a popular option for e-commerce sellers, is increasing by $0.45 to $7.55 in 2019 from $7.10 currently.
Priority Mail Flat Rate – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece 2019 2018 Increase
Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $6.55 $0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $7.25 $6.85 $0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.55 $7.10 $0.45
Small Flat Rate Box $7.50 $7.05 $0.45
Medium Flat Rate Box $12.80 $12.85 ($0.05)
Large Flat Rate Box $17.60 $17.65 ($0.05)
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $16.10 $16.15 ($0.05)

 

Priority Mail Regional Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)

Regional Rate Box A

  • Closer shipping zones (Zones 1/2 through Zone 5) are seeing bigger rate increases from $0.55 (Zone 1/2 = $7.65) to $0.61 (Zone 5 = $8.76).
  • Packages traveling to farther shipping zones are seeing a smaller rate increase – going up by $0.26 (Zone 7 = $10.55) and to $0.40 (Zone 8 = $11.20)

Regional Rate Box B

  • Other than Zone 1/2 where the rate increase is $0.64, the increase is relatively small at $0.08 (Zone 3 = $8.50), $0.03 (Zone 4 = $9.40) and no rate increase for farther Zones 5-8.
Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes – 2019 Rates
(Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Box
Type
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
A $0.55 $0.60 $0.72 $0.61 $0.53 $0.26 $0.40 $0.31
B $0.64 $0.08 $0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.58

 

First Class Package Service (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 11.9%.
  • Zone-based pricing is being added to First Class Package Service in 2019.
  • Any package going across the country (Zone 8) is seeing a significant rate increase going up from $0.43 (Zone 8 – 1 ounce = $3.09) to $1.43 (Zone 8 – 13 ounces = $5.53)
  • 13 ounce packages in particular are rising across all zones, increasing $0.84 (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $1.43 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
  • Heavier items weighing 15 ounces to 15.999 ounces are seeing a smaller increase, going from no increase at all (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $0.59 (Zone 8 = $5.53)
First Class Package Service – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 ounce $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
2 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
3 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
4 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.30 $0.43 $0.43
5 ounces $0.39 $0.41 $0.43 $0.49 $0.57 $0.70 $0.84 $0.84
6 ounces $0.26 $0.28 $0.30 $0.36 $0.44 $0.57 $0.71 $0.71
7 ounces $0.13 $0.15 $0.17 $0.23 $0.31 $0.44 $0.58 $0.58
8 ounces $0.00 $0.02 $0.04 $0.10 $0.18 $0.31 $0.45 $0.45
9 ounces $0.48 $0.51 $0.54 $0.62 $0.72 $0.85 $0.99 $0.99
10 ounces $0.32 $0.35 $0.38 $0.46 $0.56 $0.69 $0.83 $0.83
11 ounces $0.16 $0.19 $0.22 $0.30 $0.40 $0.53 $0.67 $0.67
12 ounces $0.00 $0.03 $0.06 $0.14 $0.24 $0.37 $0.51 $0.51
13 ounces $0.84 $0.88 $0.92 $1.02 $1.14 $1.28 $1.43 $1.43
14 ounces $0.56 $0.60 $0.64 $0.74 $0.86 $1.00 $1.15 $1.15
15 ounces $0.28 $0.32 $0.36 $0.46 $0.58 $0.72 $0.87 $0.87
15.999 ounces $0.00 $0.04 $0.08 $0.18 $0.30 $0.44 $0.59 $0.59

 

Parcel Select Ground (Commercial Base Pricing)

  • Shipping rates for Parcel Select Ground will decrease by an average of 1.3% in 2019.
  • For parcels weighing between 3 lbs. and 18 lbs. and traveling to farther zones (Zone 5-9), every cell is seeing a rate decrease in 2019.
  • Parcel Select Group is also seeing a rate decrease for all zones for parcels weighing between 21 to 70 pounds
  • The Dimensional Weight (DIM) divisor for Parcel Select Ground packages over 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) is being adjusted from 193 to 166.
Parcel Select Ground – 2019 Rates (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
1 $0.30 $0.18 $0.29 $0.31 $0.28 $0.25 $0.20 $0.20
2 $0.22 $0.26 $0.38 $0.20 $0.04 ($0.30) ($0.23) ($0.23)
3 $0.31 $0.21 ($0.23) ($0.20) ($0.60) ($0.34) ($0.40) ($0.40)
4 $0.30 $0.05 $0.02 ($0.51) ($0.67) ($0.77) ($0.88) ($0.88)
5 $0.30 ($0.27) ($0.35) ($0.52) ($0.72) ($0.84) ($0.97) ($0.97)
6 $0.29 ($0.60) ($0.59) ($0.62) ($0.27) ($0.51) ($0.60) ($0.60)
7 $0.01 ($0.33) ($0.68) ($0.36) ($0.34) ($0.55) ($0.63) ($0.63)
8 ($0.39) ($0.16) ($0.27) ($0.71) ($0.47) ($0.57) ($0.66) ($0.66)
9 $0.19 ($0.06) $0.11 ($0.75) ($0.49) ($0.59) ($0.69) ($0.69)
10 $0.05 $0.08 $0.13 ($0.79) ($0.51) ($0.62) ($0.73) ($0.73)


Media Mail

  • Media Mail rates will increase by 2.95% in 2019.
  • A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will cost $2.75 in 2019 compared to $2.66 currently.
Media Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Weight
(lbs.)
2019 2018 Increase
1 $2.75 $2.66 $0.09
2 $3.27 $3.17 $0.10
3 $3.79 $3.68 $0.11
4 $4.31 $4.19 $0.12
5 $4.83 $4.70 $0.13
6 $5.35 $5.21 $0.14
7 $5.87 $5.72 $0.15
8 $6.39 $6.23 $0.16
9 $6.91 $6.74 $0.17
10 $7.43 $7.25 $0.18

COMING SOON:  Next week, we will outline the 2019 rate increase for International shipping options.

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