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Postage Rate Changes Slated for January 21

November 13 Update
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced on November 10, 2017, that it has approved the rate changes as submitted by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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What's happening?
On October 6th, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of postage rate changes slated to take effect Jan. 21, 2018.

In the notice, USPS is requesting an average postage rate increase of approximately 1.9% across all classes and categories of mail. Note that this increase is an average, however. If the proposal is approved as is, some classes and types of mail would experience a rate decrease, while others would see rate increases above 4%.

What are the proposed rate changes?
If the rate change plan is accepted as is, rates would be modified as follows:

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Curious about Walsworth Mailing Capabilities?

Walsworth’s Customer Service Representatives field print project questions every day. One of the most frequent questions they hear from customers is, “What kind of mailing capabilities does Walsworth offer?”

Mail Manager Kerry Still has many years of experience and has laid out an overview of Walsworth’s mail capabilities here.

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Keys to a successful printing project: Mailing

As freshly printed books, magazines or catalogs roll off the press, it’s time to send them out into the world. That’s where mailing comes in.

More than meets the eye
Customer Service Manager Jake Pschigoda believes mailing is a frequently overlooked part of printing because it can be a tedious process.

“The USPS has a five-inch thick manual of just rules and regulations and different postal types,” he explained. “To the common person, it’s painful. It’s hard to get anywhere in terms of understanding it.”

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Postage Rate Update: Cuts Set For April 10

What's Happening?
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:

  1. The familiar Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase.
  2. An "exigent" rate increase. Think of this as a “difficult times” increase.
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Considerations When Selecting Paper for Your Print Publication

A lot goes into a successful print publication. You need quality content to engage your audience. You need a page design that supports your content’s flow and is pleasing to the eye. And because all of this is conveyed in print, you need to select a paper best suited for your delivery method and reader preference.

The paper you choose is as much a part of your brand perception as the content you print on the page. Missteps in the paper selection process can lead to a less desirable end-product, and possibly less desirable production and distribution costs.

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