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Postal Tips

The National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

We can help with:

  • Interpretations of postal rules
  • Understanding how to enter mail properly
  • Assess steps you may be able to improve slow service
  • Know whether you are eligible for Perodicals permits
  • And unsnarl a host of other conundrums that arise when newspapers (and their shoppers/TMCs) are in the mail

Consulting assistance is a member-benefit. Membership includes a subscription to Publishers’ Auxiliary, featuring the monthly column, Postal Tips. 

Boost distribution, sell extra advertising and grow subscriptions with mail sampling

Jul 1, 2019

I get frequent contacts about sampling and update my column on this topic every few years. I’m altering my approach some to suggest how to legally keep mail distribution at higher levels weekly, ...

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Postal Q & A: Can my mail be held if there is a PostalOne! outage?

Jun 1, 2019

Are medical marijuana or CBD oil advertisements OK in newspapers?

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Why Periodicals distribution must be 50%+1 paid or Requester circulation — even with Non-Mail copies

May 1, 2019

The postmaster says if I deliver too many, I could lose my Periodicals permit. How can that be true? Why is it any of the postmaster’s business if I want to deliver more copies out of the mail?

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Marketing Mail proposed changes withdrawn

May 1, 2019

‘Seamless Acceptance’ a trend for future mail entry?

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Postal Q & A: Can I get refunds for papers delivered late?

Apr 1, 2019

Q: Is there any recourse to apply for a refund when mail is not delivered within the service standard?

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Non-deliverable charges to nonsubscribers or nonrequesters reduced by postal-addressing rule change long sought by NNA

Dec 27, 2018

Periodical newspapers which mail copies to nonsubscribers or nonrequesters using specific addresses are in for some relief from burdensome Address Changes Notices (PS Form 3579, usually on a yellow sticker). ...

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In-county newspapers get favorable price increase proposal except for Saturation when sampling, or for Requesters

Oct 31, 2018

A U.S. Postal Service rate case was filed Oct. 10 for changes effective Jan. 27, 2019.

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Statement of Ownership questions answered

Oct 22, 2018

National Newspaper Association members went through the annual exercise of filing their statement of ownership this month, with Oct. 1 the filing date. I received several questions about them, which might ...

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Renewal notices can be mailed as Marketing Mail

Aug 30, 2018

In this column I’ll share actual questions received by NNA’s postal email hotline with answers that might be worthwhile to others.

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