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Not all window envelopes are the same

The USPS has assessed a company $89,000 in additional postage for the failure of the windows on their envelopes. The 1.7 million piece job was entered into the postal stream and during processing windows began to fail for various reasons. Upon further investigation it was discovered the windows were made with inferior polypropylene rather than polystyrene. The polypropylene material is thinner. less durable, and can be prone the hazing in the window rendering the barcode difficult to scan. Make sure you ask your envelope vendors about window material.

See below images of window envelopes made with polypropylene.

Envelopes

Informed Delivery by the Numbers

Consumer Overview & Updates: December 2019

The downloadable Users and Household Data (Excel file), updated weekly, is available on the Informed Delivery for Business Mailers website. User acquisition continues via paid search, usps.com® intercepts, Retail POP, and co-marketing.

  • Total number of registered users: 21.98 Million
  • Total number of registered households: 17.7 Million
  • Total number of email-enabled users: 16.9 Million
  • Email open rate (6-month average): 61.3%

USPS Announces 5 Year Business Plan

USPS 5-year business plan: ‘Innovate faster,’ cut costs to remain solvent

In an effort to course-correct from more than a decade of net financial losses, the Postal Service on Wednesday released a long-awaited five year-business plan.

Postmaster General Megan Brennan and Robert Duncan, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors, said the Postal Service faces a unique challenge operating both as a large business and as a federal agency with a mandate to provide the same level of delivery service to every address in the United States.

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2020 Proposed Postage Rates

Oct. 9, 2019

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2020

No change in price of Forever stamp

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 26, 2020.

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Greater Triad PCC Recognized as Gold Award Winner

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Pictured: Michelle Hayward, Jon Bowman, Cheryl Swaim, Molly Grubb, & Ronald White

USPS National and North Carolina News

News from USPS National and USPS North Carolina region.
01/23/2020 14:43
CHARLOTTE, NC — Love is celebrated with Made of Hearts, the latest stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Love series, available now.
Love Is in the Mail
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01/23/2020 11:45
MEMPHIS, TN – Love is celebrated with Made of Hearts, the latest stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Love series, available now. This heart-filled design is just right for thank-you notes, get-well cards or any occasion when love is the perfect message. A dedication ceremony for the stamp was held today at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Love Is in the Mail
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01/21/2020 09:14
RALEIGH, NC — The U.S. Postal Service will relocate the Cameron Village Post Office to a yet-to-be-determined location as close as reasonably possible to the current site.
Postal Service plans relocation of Cameron Village Post Office
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01/21/2020 09:00
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of Wild Orchids with stamps of flowers that grow in the United States. The stamp art highlights photos taken by photographer Jim Fowler. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps.
USPS to issue Wild Orchids Forever stamps in February
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01/17/2020 11:15
In February 2020, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Let’s Celebrate! stamp for any joyous occasion. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a new job or retirement, this stamp will help mark the occasion.
A New Stamp to Celebrate
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01/15/2020 14:38
GREENSBORO, NC – The Postal Service will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Post Offices will be closed and there will be no mail delivery with the exception of Priority Mail Express, which is available 365 days a year.
Postal Service Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 20
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01/15/2020 07:33
The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp honoring golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), who rose from humble beginnings to become a champion.
Golfer Arnold Palmer to be honored with Forever stamp
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01/11/2020 09:38
MONTEREY PARK, CA — The U.S. Postal Service today marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year by issuing a new Forever stamp celebrating the Year of the Rat. The stamp was dedicated during opening ceremonies of the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation. The public is asked to share news of the stamp using the hashtag #LunarNewYear.
New Year, New Stamp
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12/16/2019 11:06
CHARLOTTE, NC — Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is anticipated to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week alone.
Get Ready for the Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week
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12/06/2019 09:45
GREENSBORO, NC — Post Offices nationwide will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. All Post Offices will be open after the holidays, and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
Post Offices Will Be Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day
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