The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on October 9 filed notice for new postal rates for market-dominant products, which includes Marketing Mail and Periodicals. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in the coming weeks, the new rates will take effect on January 26, 2020.
The Postal Service is required by law to maintain rates within the Consumer Price Index. For this reason, postal rates increased by 1.9 percent overall; however, there are variations within rate categories. Rates for Saturation/High Density Plus/High Density flats, which are the typical rate categories for newspapers’ Total Market Coverage products (ad inserts to non-subscribers), increased by less than 1.9 percent, and in some cases not at all. For example, a six-ounce saturation flat entered at a local post office will receive a 1.46 percent rate increase.