During the past few weeks, much has been written about postage rates decreasing on April 10, 2016.
You may recall that the last postage rate increase in January 2014 was actually comprised of two separate components:
The purpose of the exigent increase was to restore USPS budget from losses during the 2008-2013 economic recession and reduction of mail volume. This increase was designed with a limited lifespan, and is scheduled to end on April 10, 2016.
While the end of the exigent increase will mean rate decreases averaging 3% to 4%, there are a few scenarios that could play out:
Mailers should begin considering the impact of a 3% to 4% postage rate decrease on April 10th.
For mail that is not especially time-sensitive, planning to mail after April 10 could result in significant savings.
All mailers should plan on how to apply upcoming savings to the next USPS postage rate increase.
Finally, as the USPS considers its plans in the face of overall losses of postage revenue, remember that any new postage rate change must be announced at least 90 days in advance, helping ensure that any future postage rate increases won't sneak up on anyone.