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A meeting with Postmaster General Donahoe
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According to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the Approved Shipper Program through small mail and parcel centers will become a more significant player in the long term. Small, efficient shops that can diversify into a business center of services and that have the ability to offer postal services, along with the ability to adapt to the changing needs and markets, is part of the USPS long-term strategy to continue serving the public at a reasonable cost and without taxpayer assistance. More

Postal Regulatory Commission approves rates for April
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Prices for mailing services products, including first-class and standard mail parcels, bound printed matter, media, and library mail, will change as expected on April 17. More

Obama budget proposes $11 billion break for USPS
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The Obama administration's proposed 2012 budget includes two measures that, if approved, could help the struggling U.S. Postal Service avert a cash flow crisis. The budget proposes refunding almost $7 billion in overpayments the agency has made to the Federal Employees Retirement System, and to give it a $4 billion break on a prepayment for retiree health benefits due this September. More

Postmasters consider USPS a social benefit
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The National Association of Postmasters of the United States has asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to open a docket on what it calls the U.S. Postal Service's "aggressive nationwide effort to close rural and small town post offices." More

USPS unveils Critical Mail for important documents
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Important, time-sensitive materials requiring tracking and secure delivery now have a new product from the U.S. Postal Service designed to get attention upon arrival. Critical Mail provides commercial mailers with eye-catching envelope designs, tracking services and simple, low flat-rate pricing. More

Hallmark and the USPS launch postage-paid greeting cards
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Hallmark and the USPS have introduced PostagePaid Greetings — a line of "everyday" and seasonal cards that already include postage. Just sign, seal and send. Hallmark Postage-Paid Greetings feature the U.S. Postal Service's Intelligent Mail barcode on the front of the envelope. When the cards are processed at a Postal Service facility, the barcode automatically indicates that the postage is paid. More

SNAFU Designs greeting cards for your store
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AMPC is very pleased to welcome our latest vendor, SNAFU Designs, to the family. Many of our members have been raving about how well SNAFU greeting cards are selling in their stores, so we've signed them on as a vendor to provide a custom and exclusive program just for AMPC members! More

UPS Store network arranges credit line for franchisees
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UPS is hoping to pick up the pace of growth in its UPS Store retail network in the United States by making it easier for potential franchise owners to get startup capital. More

How to navigate small parcel spending in 2011
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Today's shippers have a choice to make in 2011 — either learn how to navigate the complexity and volatility of the carrier landscape, or overpay billions in the coming year. More

Republican senator introduces bill to save US Postal Service
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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, says her bill would "fix" the overpayment by the USPS into its pension and retirement funds, reform workers' compensation systems and improve USPS contracting practices. The bill, dubbed the U.S. Postal Service Improvements Act of 2011, has been referred for consideration by the Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. More

Be aware of changes to international shipping
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With each new year comes rate increases from all the major carriers. Without a comprehensive understanding of how these upfront, hidden and back-end costs impact the bottom line, you could be losing out. More

Shippers, carriers strap in for next roller-coaster rate ride
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The nation's truckload industry is at one of those crossroads moments, a period when, in theory, shippers and carriers should step back and explore how they will do business over the next 10 years, not just for the next 10 days. More

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