10 Reasons to Renew Your Office Equipment’s Maintenance Agreement

Your busy office is filled with technology that keeps your business running.  The multi-function device that serves as your printer, copier, scanner and even your document management device is essential to your office operation.  The phone system, presentation equipment, and conferencing solutions are how you connect with your potential clients.  And don’t forget your physical…

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You’ve Got Mail!

Businesses, no matter what their size, have many needs; one of them is “The Mail”. Flyers, coupons, invoices and packages are constantly being sent to clients and potential customers. If your business receives a lot of incoming mail, then there is the job of sorting through and opening all those envelopes. Luckily, there are machines…

full service mandate

Whatever Happened to the Full-Service Mandate?

full service mandate

Just over two years ago, USPS had proposed that Full-Service mail preparation be required for mailers to claim automation rates. While many larger companies were already using Full-Service, most mailers were scrambling to make the changes necessary to keep their automation discounts. Then in a surprise move, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) made a statement: a Full-Service mandate is equivalent to a price increase, and is subject to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap for postage increases. USPS, needing to use the CPI to balance their budget, cancelled the Full-Service mandate, and then challenged the PRC ruling in the courts.

Where the courts stand
Two years later, this issue has been through the wringer in the court system. There have been appeals, clarifications, remands and redefinitions, but the dust seems to have finally settled. Basically the PRC was correct to state that the mandate is a price increase, as it would eliminate a price cell (the Full-Service discount). In order to mandate Full-Service for automation rates, USPS would need to use their CPI allotment.