This is a new experience for me, this blogging thing. I am excited about having a blog on my website so that I can keep my customers current on what is happening in the mailing world. My news for the day is that yesterday we received the rate increases in postage that will go into effect on May 11, 2009. I think you already know that the first class postage will be .44 each, but other classes of mail will be going up as well. First Class post card is currently .27 each and will go up to .28. The automated letter rate is currently .257 and will go up to .27. The automated flat rate is currently .489 and will go up to .496. The nonprofit automated letter rate is currently .159 and will go up to .169. The nonprofit flat rate is currently .356 and will go up to .362.
So if you have a direct mail project in the works you will probably want to complete the mailing before the May 11, 2009 increase. I got an email from a customer today, after I had sent the new rates to him, he expressed his disgust with the new rates and I emailed him back with the explanation that it is the U.S. government and they can do what they want. Don’t they always?