January 11, 2017 - Mandatory program update for January postal changes
By Brad Hill
Interlink publishes a new version of Circulation every month, but the January 2017 release is particularly important and should be installed immediately when prompted. In addition to the regular updates to mail routing, upcoming version 2.4.20 also includes support for the new postage rates that go into effect this month. Updating will ensure new rates and new postage statements are available for both Periodical and Standard Mail, which are required for use with all mailings dated on or after January 22.
Version 2.4.20 must be installed prior to running ‘Close Issue’ to create labels and other mailing reports for issues mailed under the new rates and forms.
Interlink Circulation uses the date of your mailing to determine whether to use the old postage statements or new ones. Changes to the electronic equivalent (eDoc) of postage statements are also included in the same update.
For most newspapers, the impact of January’s postage rate increase will be minimal, with Periodical Mail costs increasing less than one percent overall. Outside-county sacks and trays carry the bulk of the increase.
Standard Mail is being renamed USPS Marketing Mail, and will see rates increase between two and three percent for flats overall, but closer to one percent for most shoppers. See Max Heath’s article in the January edition of Publishers’ Auxiliary for a chart with and detailed explanation of Marketing Mail rate changes.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions about the upcoming release of Interlink Circulation, or changes to postage rates.
November 9, 2016 - Marked copy rule changed for periodicals mailers
By Max Health, NNA Postal Committee Chair
Many members have written to thank the National Newspaper Association for its work in getting the “marked copy” rule changed for Periodicals mailers. We know quite a few of you are considering whether you want to make the change.
I wanted to let you know that this alternate process is about to be opened to the “world.” That means magazines, newsletters and other types of publications that may use Periodicals permits may soon flood the U.S. Postal Service help desk with requests to make a change. We have about another week for NNA members to beta-test this new process before it goes public. This was a consideration granted to NNA by the USPS Business Mail Entry people, and we were grateful for the head start.
October 21, 2016 - Relief from weekly/daily filing of ‘Marked Copy for Advertising’ with U.S. Postal Service granted to newspaper mailers
WASHINGTON—Circulation departments could reclaim a couple of valuable hours each week now by opting into a new process for verifying the advertising content of their mail with the U.S. Postal Service, the National Newspaper Association announced this week.
September 29, 2016 - PUB AUX LIVE: Having trouble with your periodical mailing?
In this session, Max Heath will focus on the best practices when prepping mail for Periodicals class mail. He will cover questions about how to get the best results when entering mail for distribution to subscribers. As a bonus, Brad Hill will walk you through how to track your newspaper using the USPS Full Service option. Leading the discussion will be NNA host Stan Schwartz.
Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Central
Registration fee: $30 for NNA members/$65 for non-NNA members
Register now for this webinar.
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