Postal

NNA works daily on postal issues that affect community newspapers. Its goals are to achieve fair rates, efficient service and a level competitive playing field between newspapers and direct mail competitors.

NNA represents community newspapers:

  • On the Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee

  • Before the Postal Regulatory Commission

  • With the House Oversight and Government Committee

  • The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

Some of NNA’s achievements include:

  • Preserving the lowest commercial postage rate in the system—the Within County privilege—for community newspapers for more than 120 years

  • Gaining a new 5 percent discount for Outside County postage for total mailings of under 5,000 copies when a paper has the Within County privilege

  • Making sure a newspaper does not lose the privilege just because a postal carrier’s route wanders outside a county line

  • Gaining an extension for the requirement to shift to a new Intelligent Mail Barcode for automation discounts

  • Preserving next-day or better service standards for periodicals entered at local post offices or mail distribution facilities

Marked copy elimination signups over 400

March 13, 2017

Signups exceed 400 for the Alternate Marked Copy process won by the National Newspaper Association’s Postal Committee on behalf of its members. Not all of those are newspapers, because the creation of this process included the entire Periodicals industry. Signups hit 435 by Feb. 22, and are growing daily.

 

Two websites expand postal info available: Postal Explorer updated, Postal Pro created

February 6, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service has long provided a website, Postal Explorer at pe.usps.gov, with an abundance of useful information at the ready for those willing to “explore.” It has been rebuilt in recent months to comply with certain standards, and although confusing at first, prior users can fi nd everything, and more, that they are used to seeing.

Weight break increases from 3.3 ounces to 4 ounces as Standard Mail renamed ‘Marketing Mail’

January 5, 2017

Postal prices have been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission mostly as the U.S. Postal Service proposed and will change effective Jan. 22, 2017. Most of the details were given in the November issue of Pub Aux, so I will highlight them here with an emphasis on the ones of greatest importance for newspapers and their shoppers.

 

NNA gears up for 2017 postal fight

January 5, 2017

The National Newspaper Association will participate throughout 2017 in a major new review of postal rates conducted by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

 

Requester Periodicals usage growing

December 22, 2016

Changes in the business environment for community newspapers have encouraged a growing number of publishers to investigate the Requester Periodicals category that allows a newspaper to qualify for Periodicals rates and service by having more than 50 percent of its circulation either paid or requested. The General Periodicals category long-used by newspapers requires paid circulation.

 

Tub use plus service scorecard equals delivery success

December 7, 2016

Charles Walls doesn’t have that much time on his hands. After retiring from a career in architecture and construction, he moved back to his hometown of Des Arc, AR, to help his mother, Dean Walls, now 94 with failing eyesight, who continues working at the family newspaper, the White River Journal, which was started by Charles’ grandfather in 1907.

 

Marked copy rule change to take effect

November 8, 2016

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.

USPS price changes coming January

November 1, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service announced Oct. 12 price and rule changes to be effective Jan. 22, 2017, subject to approval of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

 

Predictable, reliable service high priority of NNA members

November 1, 2016

Newspapers are justly proud of the history they share with the U.S. Postal Service. Ben Franklin was a publisher and the first postmaster general. But before the Continental Congress appointed him as the first postmaster general, Ben Franklin was postmaster of Philadelphia, where in addition to his regular duties, he was responsible for “regulating several offices and bringing the officers into account.” Franklin was, effectively, doing postal audits. My office also claims Franklin as a forebear.

 

NNA works to change marked copy compliance

November 1, 2016

A century-old requirement for newspapers using Periodicals Class Mail began to fade into postal history in October when the National Newspaper Association finished a two-year quest to eliminate marked-copy compliance for Periodicals mail. Instead, newspapers may now opt for a simple annual validation process.

 

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