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March 28, 2015 - Postal Service delays April 2015 price change

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From NNA

Dear NNA Member,

The U.S. Postal Service has just announced that it will not implement the postage increase for Periodicals and Standard Mail on April 26 as planned.

As you will see in Max Heath’s April Pub Aux column, the Postal Regulatory Commission has twice rejected the proposed prices.

In the latest round, it asked USPS to revise its proposal. Mailers are then permitted 45 days between final acceptance of the rates and the implementation. So the newest rates could not go into effect now until mid-May at the earliest.

We will keep you posted. Below is the USPS announcement.

Tonda Rush

Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change

The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”). This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices. After considering the complexity of the required programming changes in view of the remand of some of our proposed changes by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the specific complications that our customers might face; the potential cost to the supply chain as a whole of a staggered implementation, the Postal Service has decided to delay implementation until all of our proposed rates and classification changes can be implemented at one time.

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March 26, 2015 - March 2015 Community Journal Newsletter

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2015 Volume VIII, Edition I

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Postmaster General Megan Brennan is presented an NNA glass paperweight as a token of appreciation by Interlink President Brad Hill, who introduced her, on behalf of the National Newspaper Association following her presentation at the NNA We Believe conference. Interlink photo/Bill Garber









Postmaster General says USPS committed to improved tracking

Megan Brennan, who became the U.S. Postal Service’s first female postmaster general this year, told publishers attending NNA’s We Believe conference March 19 in Washington, D.C., that the key to delivery consistency is ‘visibility.’

She said the Postal Service is committed to improve its tracking ability to make sure newspapers in the system ‘have no place to run and no place to hide’ while in the postal network.

Interlink President Brad Hill, an NNA representative on the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), introduced Brennan at the opening session.

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March 25, 2015 - Opinions sought on continued consolidation of postal facilities

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From NNA

Dear NNA Member,

Problems with newspaper delivery in the mail seem to have broken out all over the nation. When Postmaster General Megan Brennan spoke to National Newspaper Association members at last week’s Leadership Summit, she promised attention to the problems. We take her at her word and are following up.

But meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service has already lowered the STANDARDS for delivering mail—that is, the number of days the mail is supposed to take. Many NNA members say some mail wasn’t delivered according to the old standards, and they doubt that lowering standards is a good solution.

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March 20, 2015 - Museum reception kicks off NNA summit

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In the grand hall of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum beside Union Station in Washington, D.C., NNA CEO Tonda Rush discusses postal issues with Max Heath, NNA Postal Consultant, and Interlink President Brad Hill.  Interlink co-sponsored the March 18 NNA reception and tour of the Postal Museum that kicked off the We Believe in Newspapers Summit.   Interlink photo/Bill Garber