U.S. Postal Service prices and services are set to change in 2013

Postal price change highlights (effective 1/27/2013)
  • Postcards: 1-cent increase to 33 cents.
  • Letters (1oz. or less): 1-cent increase to 46 cents.
  • Letters over 1oz: unchanged at 20 cents per oz.
  • Letters for international destinations (1oz. or less): $1.10.

New “Forever” stamps and 1-cent price increases become effective on January 27

New prices, new stamps and new services are coming from the U.S. Postal Service. All of these changes will take effect on January 27, 2013. Major details on price and service changes are provided below. Details on these changes will also be available at the USPS website (www.usps.com). However,  any business that uses a postage meter from Pitney Bowes doesn’t need to worry about adjusting to USPS changes, because the postage meter can receive automatic updates from the USPS.

Postage Meter

Exact postage without going to the post office

A postage meter streamlines mailing and shipping operations in significant ways. Because your meter can update automatically, you never have to worry about paying too much or too little for postage. The built-in scale ensures accurate weighing, and the meter’s printer quickly prints proper postage and postmark details on envelopes or mailing labels. Time savings are huge because it’s no longer necessary for an employee to go to the post office and stand in line.

Managing your mail is easier with a postage meter

All postage meters are licensed and registered with the USPS; they must be leased rather than purchased. Pitney Bowes has a variety of postage meters available, with features designed to suit different business mailing needs. When you lease a postage meter, you can also get an online account that enables you to track mailing expenses for one or more business divisions, add more money to your meter  as necessary, and even operate the meter from an online connection.  Mailing supplies from Pitney Bowes can also be ordered quickly and easily through your online account –another feature that streamlines mailroom operations. Access to the meter is password-protected for security, and you can operate it at any time, not just during USPS hours.

New “Forever” stamps
Forever stamps from the USPS are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.
  • Forever stamps for domestic mail. The new 46-cent Forever stamps are for mailing letters to any location in the United States.
  • Global Forever stamps. For $1.10 you can buy a Forever stamp to mail a letter anywhere in the world.

A postage meter your marketing department will love

As any marketing specialist will tell you, every communication opportunity is also an opportunity to market your business.  That’s why Pitney Bowes has designed postage meters and software to help small businesses take on impressive direct-mail marketing campaigns. For starters, even our most basic postage meter can print stamps on 30 letters per minute, making bulk mailing projects go quickly. But how about imprinting a marketing message on every outgoing letter? With our Connect+™ 2000 postage meter, you get all the benefits of a standard postage meter, plus the ability to print attention-getting graphics, announcements, website details and other marketing messaging on your outgoing mail.

New Shipping Services (effective 1/27/2013)
  • Free tracking on retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).
  • Critical Mail letters and flats will include the option of providing the sender with a signature to confirm delivery.

Improve productivity, profit and creativity with a postage meter and more from Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes isn’t a reseller. We invented the first postage meter accepted and authorized by the USPS back in 1920. Today we still manufacture and lease the most innovative postage meters available. We’re also the world’s largest supplier of business software. Our success depends on what we can do to make your business more successful. To learn more, talk with a small business expert in our customer service department –just contact us. 

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