USPS Rate Changes to Impact Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and/or Parcel Select

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The last year has been full of numerous USPS changes, particularly related to rate changes. June 23rd, 2019 will again show changes to USPS rates, particularly impacting the shipping of packages using Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, or Parcel Select (if using NeoShip shipping software, you will automatically be provided the required information).

What is changing?

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Parcel Select Packages will now be priced based on Dimensional Weight for all zones (Local and zones 1-9). First Class International Mail is also going to be experiencing a price change. Lastly, Flats that exceed 15.995 ounces will now be called First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS).

If you happen to ship Priority Mail packages and are not presently using NeoShip software or commercial rates, there will be more manual work than previously as well. Going forward, it will now be necessary to manually calculate shipping weight to determine the package cost, and enter that information into your mail machine.

To learn more details regarding this, feel free to email marketing@cms-colorado.com and request the USPS Rate Change email sent earlier this month. You can also call 303-761-0681 for further information. To find more about calculating Dimensional Weight (DIM) information here.

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Freight’s Impact on Delivery

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The United States relies heavily on trucking and freight to deliver any number of goods across the country, including magazines and other print publications. For this reason, the current shortage of drivers – exceeding 50,000 – is heavily impacting the delivery timelines and costs of publishers nationwide.

According to the American Trucking Association, truck companies are working to increase driver pay to make the job more appealing, but increasing pay will likely result in further increases in shipping costs.

Can Electric Cars Save the Freight Industry?

Electric car companies like Tesla see an opportunity and are developing driverless trucks. This would resolve two longstanding issues with trucking: costs and timelines.

First, without the need for drivers, the costs of trucking would decrease substantially, as around 43% of trucking operational costs is driver compensation, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Second, no drivers means no time limitations on driving. Trucking would no longer be bound by 8 hour driving days, so delivery times could be hastened significantly. All this said, driverless trucks are years away from implementation, and the shortage of drivers is only set to increase.

Ways to Help Offset Costs

Due to this, publishers are looking for ways to cut costs. The best way to do this: talk to the printer of your publication. Altering page counts, paper, and adjusting print schedules can be options to save money. Each printer has specific preferences, so talk to them about what fits them best.

Further Information

To learn more about the current lack of truck drivers, click here. For more information on the impact of freight on the magazine industry, click here.

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