Blog: Rate Change

February 5, 2019

New 2019 Certified Mail ® Costs

Get up to speed on the new postal rates for USPS Certified Mail, and learn how you can save money as a small business. 


What are the new Certified Mail prices? 

Under the new USPS postal rates, it costs a total of $6.85 to send a First-Class letter as Certified Mail with a hard copy Return...

January 2, 2019

How to Reap Time and Cost Savings Starting Now!

There’s never been a better time to use a postage meter now that the USPS® has announced a reduction for the first time in nearly a century. Regardless of the type of mail or sort levels, meter owners will realize average savings of over 4%! But postage meters aside, there are even more...

December 27, 2018

Webinar: New Shipping Rates Explained

The new rates and surcharges from the three major carriers—USPS®, UPS®and FedEx®—can directly affect your business's bottom line. Get ahead of the curve and learn how to navigate the new rates with our shipping experts. Sign up to learn what’s new, where you can save, and how to prepare.


December 11, 2018

UPS® Announces 4.9 Percent Rate Increase on Parcels

UPS just announced that their new shipping rates will go into effect shortly after the holiday season on December 26, 2018.  On average UPS rates will go up 4.9% for Ground, Air and International services, just like their counterpart FedEx, whose rates are scheduled to go into effect January...

November 5, 2018

FedEx® Is Raising Shipping Rates and Increasing Surcharges

On the heels of the recent USPS® postal rate change—that increased First-Class Mail stamps by a record 10%—is FedEx®, making rate changes of their own. FedEx is increasing the rates of two of their main services, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery, by an average of 4.9%.

This incremental rate...

November 5, 2018

USPS® Rate Change FAQs

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Answers to Common USPS® Rate Change Questions

Over the past few months, we've received a lot of questions regarding the new USPS postal rates. We understand how a few cents per letter can impact the bottom line for your business!

Postal rate change can be stressful for any business. Knowing...

October 18, 2018

2019 Rate Change FAQs

Answers to Common USPS® Rate Change Questions

Postal rate change can be stressful for any business. Knowing what to expect is the first step in being prepared for when the next update occurs. Download this quick guide, Postal Rate Change FAQs: Reasons for the USPS® Rate Change and How to...
October 15, 2018

Happening Now: Changes Proposed to USPS ® Mailing and Shipping Rates

The USPS filed their mailing and shipping rate changes on October 10, 2018, to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). These changes—affecting everything from First-Class Mail® to Priority Mail®—will be reviewed for approval by the PRC before they are scheduled to take effect on January 27,...

April 6, 2018

USPS® Rate Change Webinar

Author: Caroline McManus

In case you missed it!

If you were too busy celebrating the new year in January and missed our webinar on the USPS postal rate change, don't worry it's all right here.


Postal rate changes can be confusing but our experts Ralph and Pat are here to help you navigate with our USPS Rate...

January 17, 2018

It's Rate Change Season! Are you prepared?

Author: Bill Bonato

With the holiday shipping season finally behind us, it's time to regroup and review all of the recent and upcoming carrier rate changes. This past fall UPS and FedEx both announced their annual rate and policy changes, which are now in effect. The USPS is about to follow suit with their...

November 28, 2017

2018 USPS® Rate Change FAQs

Answers to Common USPS® Rate Change Questions

Postal rate change can be stressful for any business. Knowing what to expect is the first step in being prepared for when the next update occurs. Download this quick guide, Postal Rate Change FAQs: Reasons for the USPS® Rate Change and How to...
November 28, 2017

Forever and a Penny: The Stamp Price Increase

We’ve heard a lot this year about the possibility of a higher stamp price, and even wrote about some of the implications and possible rationale behind this decision in our previous blog posts, The Stamp Price Power Play and A Penny For Your Postage?.

The price increase we’ve all been talking...

November 1, 2017

USPS® Proposed January Rate Change

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) submitted their proposed rate change cases for both the Market Dominant and Competitive product price lists to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), both with an intended effective date of Sunday, January 21, 2018 at...

August 23, 2017

Rate Change Realities

How Will the Latest Rate Change Impact Your Business?


First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail) Getting the Boot

If your business relies on First-Class® Mail Parcels (Retail), you will need to adjust your process… For postage meter users, it’s important to make sure your system is updated with the...

August 21, 2017

Track the Rate Change Impact

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NeoStats does more than just track your postage spend by mail class and department, NeoStats Enhanced offers detailed weight break reporting, so you can keep track of the impact of the USPS® rate change for retail...

December 20, 2016

Demystifying DIM Weight for 2017

Author: Contributed by Krish Iyer

Admittedly, DIM Weight policy is not the easiest comprehensible aspect of shipping. The recent DIM weight policy changes by major shipping carriers FedEx and UPS have further compounded the confusion surrounding DIM weight for shippers. Let us break-down the major 2017 DIM weight changes in...

November 30, 2016

FedEx, UPS Amend Money Back Guarantee Policies on Holiday Late Deliveries

Author: Renee Bingling

Usually, when a UPS or FedEx package is delivered after the guaranteed time, you are entitled to a refund credit for the shipping charges. Though these refunds are not automatic, but are only given upon request, customers are entitled to them under both carriers’ money back guarantee...

November 21, 2016

UPS® Changes DIM Policy to Align Closely with FedEx's

Author: Krish Iyer

Shippers now have another change to keep their thumb on for 2017.  UPS® recently announced a change to their DIM policy that more closely aligns with FedEx’s recent change to the measurement of Dimensional Weight.  Currently, both carriers use a calculation of length x width x height divided by...

November 2, 2016

[Updated] Postal Service Rate Changes Went Into Effect January 2017

Author: Renee Bingling

The U.S. Postal Service® announced new rates for both mailing and shipping services effective January 22, 2017. The new rates affected First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodical products, Package Service products and Special Services.

We've provided a summary of the changes below. For more...

October 26, 2016

USPS® Files Notice to Increase the Price of Flat Rate® Shipping

Author: Renee Bingling

Courtesy of the USPSFollowing the request to increase the prices of First-Class Mail® stamps, the U.S. Postal Service® has filed another notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). In a notice dated Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Postal Service® has requested approval to raise shipping prices after the...

October 18, 2016

The Postal Service® Files Notice to Increase the Price of Stamps

Author: Renee Bingling

At the end of the holiday mailing season, you could see increases in the price of stamps. Citing its vulnerable financial condition and the uncertain outcome for postal reform legislation by Congress, the United States Postal Service (USPS®) has recently filed notice with the Postal Regulatory...

September 21, 2016

FedEx® Announces 2017 Rates, Lowers Dimensional Threshold

Author: Renee Bingling

The shipping industry knows this story well – parcel shipping giants, UPS® and FedEx® increase their rates in lock-step. This time however, there are some noteworthy changes. UPS began this year's trend by announcing their annual General Rate Increase (GRI) a little earlier than expected and...

September 13, 2016

UPS Announces Early 2017 Rate Increase

Author: Renee Bingling

Your United Parcel Service® delivery will soon cost a bit more. The company announced that customers will soon see a standard 4.9% increase on its daily rates for U.S. Ground Service and U.S. Air and International Services.  The 4.9% increase will also affect Air Freight rates within and...

March 7, 2016

USPS® To Reduce Postal Rates?

Author: Bill Bonato

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS®) is set to reduce First-Class Mail prices by 4.3 percent on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The reduction comes with the expiration of legislation that imposed an exigent surcharge for mailing products and services for two years to help the USPS manage financial...

January 25, 2016

Amazon® and USPS® Negotiate Strategic Deal that Benefits Online Sellers

Author: Judy Wolf

The average USPS Priority Mail® rates increased by 9.8% on January 17 for everyone except online sellers who use Amazon Shipping Services. The recently negotiated deal between Amazon and USPS means that for now, any sellers that use Amazon’s shipping services will still pay the 2015 Priority...

January 25, 2016

USPS® January Rate Change Impacts Shipping

Author: Judy Wolf

Neopost USA held a webinar sharing details on all you need to know to be sure your business was ready for the January 2016 rate change. Here are the key take-aways: 

  • The average shipping service price increased 9.5%
  • The average rate increase for Priority Mail products was 9.8%
  • The average...
January 25, 2016

FedEx® and UPS® Have Their Own Rate Changes

Author: Judy Wolf

FedEX and UPS rate change

UPS® shipping rates increased on December 28, 2015 to support ongoing expansion and capabilities enhancements. FedEx® rate increases went into affect Nov. 2 2015 and January 4, 2016. Multiple FedEx Services were impacted and details are available on their web site's homepage.

These parcel...

October 20, 2015

USPS® Proposes Rate Change for January 2016

Author: Bill Bonato

Businesses hoping for a breather after the holiday rush are now preparing for a potential postal rate change. On Friday, October 16, the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission for a proposed price increase to go into effect January 17, 2016. 

The good...

June 22, 2015

Will Rate Increases Go On Forever?

Author: Judy Wolf

A few weeks ago, the DC Court of Appeals issued its decision on the exigent rate case. The court affirmed the most significant element of the ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission back in late 2013, namely, that the increase could not go on forever.

But the court remanded another aspect of...

June 2, 2015

May 31, 2015 - Rate Change Webinar Recording and Slides

Author: Judy Wolf

As promised, here are the recording and presentation slides from last Thursdays Postal Rate Change webinar.

Rate Change Webinar On-Demand Recording

Rate Change Webinar Presentation Slides

More information on the May 31, 2015 postal rate change can be found on our corporate website at 

May 28, 2015

Are You Ready for the May 31 Rate Change?

Author: Judy Wolf

At todays webinar we will provide the latest information on the postal rate increase including details on what will change and what will stay the same, and how that will affect your mailing and shipping processes.

There’s lots of good news with this Rate Change. Here are a few of the topics...

May 8, 2015


Author: Judy Wolf

Regulators in the United States have finally approved price changes for all of the US Postal Service’s monopoly mail services.

USPS had proposed a near-2% increase in its market dominant service rates back in January, but the Postal Regulatory Commission sent back proposals for Standard Mail,...

April 24, 2015

New Competitive Postal Rates: MAY 31

Author: Judy Wolf

On April 16, the U.S. Postal Service served notice to the Postal Regulatory Commission today that the new implementation date for price and classification changes for competitive products (package shipping) will take effect on May 31. 

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