Postage Increase Implemented January 27th

The Chicagoland area (where J&Q is located), and the rest of the Midwest are coming out of the polar vortex – thank goodness! After surviving wind chills as low as -45 to -55 degrees on Wednesday, mailers are also experiencing higher postage rates.

Postage prices increased on January 27, 2019, and J&Q direct mail clients are experiencing a $.007 to $.008 increase per package.

For consumers the price of a First-Class Forever stamp increased from 50 cents to 55 cents – a 10% increase! However, the single-piece additional ounce price was reduced from 21 cents to 15 cents. Heavier packages like wedding invitations will cost less to mail – from 71 cents to 70 cents.

For business mailers, the price of postage increases from $.005 to $.01 per piece depending on the size and concentration of their mailings.

Here are some of the key changes:

  • For most of our clients, the increase is $.007 to $.008 per piece, and an overall 2.5% increase.
  • The USPS had previously miscalculated the savings for drop shipped mailings, so SCF-entry and NDC-entry rates increased more than origin-entry mail.
  • Also, carrier route preparation by mailers is not saving the USPS as much as estimated, so those rates increased at a high percentage (from 3.3% to 6.5%) for NDC and SCF entries.
  • Good news – the Intelligent Mail full service discount on Marketing Mail increased from $.001 to $.003 per piece which does lessen the impact of the increase for direct mailers that receive that discount.
  • Commercial First-Class automation mail increases about 1%.
  • Pricing for the First-Class Postcard remains the same.

For a chart of the new postage rates, download J&Q’s FREE Direct Mailer’s Deskside Companion, a handy reference guide.

If you have questions or need more information on how the rate increase may affect your direct mail budgets, contact us at 847.588.4800 or and ask for Sales.

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