One of the
many areas NAPM focuses on is USPS pricing. Whether a Mailing Services Provider
or a business in-sourcing their own mail, affordable postage is of significant
concern and postage discounts, workshare and incentive, are important to our
members’ bottom line.
in-depth information on NAPM’s ongoing activities on pricing initiatives, see
the list below and click on the links.
Supporting Pricing Flexibility. NAPM works to
influence the USPS to use its pricing flexibility to encourage use of the most
profitable mail products and incent behaviors that will keep mail an affordable
and effective medium of business communications.
Credit Promotion Price Adjustment.
NAPM was an active participant in proceedings and discussions concerning
the USPS’ proposed "IMb Tech Credit,” and advocated on its members’ behalf
their concerns with the design of the Tech Credit incentive. While NAPM supported the concept of the Tech
Credit, it raised concerns about the USPS’ plan to handle the cost of the
incentive which would have a negative long-term impact on mailers. The subsequent PRC ruling approved the Tech
Credit promotion but denied the USPS request to use its rate cap authority to pay
for it, which was in keeping with NAPM’s position. [PRC Docket R2013-6]
5/24/13 Comments of NAPM (in collaboration with NPPC, MMA,
1/7/13 Comments of NAPM and Survey
Review of PRC’s Price Cap Rules. NAPM has
submitted testimony to the PRC concerning its review of the price cap rules.
[PRC Docket R2013-2]
5/16/24 Comments of NAPM
Pricing Changes. NAPM keeps watch on PRC filings
(including the Annual Price Determinants) and provides feedback and empirical
testimony/comments to try and keep prices affordable and operational costs to
the Postal Service low. We encourage use
of private sector capabilities to increase the profitability of their products
to the Postal Service. In addition, NAPM
is an active participant in PRC proceedings concerning workshare discounts and
methodologies and has submitted extensive testimony in support of the value of
R2013-1 Notice of Market-Dominant Price
11/2/12 Comments of NAPM
ACR 2011 Annual Compliance Report, 2011
2/3/12 Comments of NAPM (with DMA and PSA)
2/3/12 Comments of NAPM (with DMA, MMA, NPPC and PSA)
Notice of Market-Dominant Price Adjustment
11/7/11 Comments of NAPM (with DMA, MFSA, NPPC and PSA)
11/7/11 Comments of NAPM
been an active participant in discussions and proceedings concerning any
potential exigent price increase and has advocated on behalf of its members in
opposition to an exigent price increase in the current environment.
members are concerned about how the IMb Full-Service mandate for 2014 might
impact the current Full-Service price discount, and how the incentive discount
and automation prices will be impacted in the case of a mail quality
deficiency. [See NAPM’s summary of IMb
Full-Service concerns and activities.]
pushing for the USPS to implement VAR for flat sized mailings to enable more of
that mail to get into the IMb Full Service and commingled mailing mail stream.