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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. 

BMEU full-service mailers transitioned to participate in Seamless Parallel by June 1

Jun 1, 2020

This means that if your newspaper is a Full Service ImB mailer, like it or not, your mailing will be enrolled in the Seamless Parallel program. 

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Periodical Postage advertising standards, measurement

Jul 1, 2020

Advertising measurement for calculation of Periodical postage on PS Form 3541 is required to compute higher, zoned pound rates on ad matter based on distance outside the county and allows lower, unzoned ...

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Postal Q & A: Value of IMb? Sampling problems

May 1, 2020

Q: I have a publisher who wants to use the sampling rule to do a one–time, all–county distribution to share a COVID-19 four-page insert. My understanding is that the 10% rule applies to his ...

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Postal Q & A: Requester pubs below 24 pages?

Apr 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Missing pub days affect permit?

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Seamless acceptance, Enterprise Payment System, Business Customer Gateway changes for members

Mar 1, 2020

A big part of NNA’s participation in the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is getting a preview of new programs and procedures proposed by the Postal Service. The theory is that the representatives ...

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Mail volume to fall 18%, deliveries up 5%

Feb 1, 2020

The Postal Service’s updated five-year plan predicts mail volume will fall 18% during that period, while delivery points will grow by 5%, or 6.9 million. That, in turn, means revenue per delivery ...

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Electronic paid/requester subscriptions can count as valuable add-ons in certain circumstances

Jan 1, 2020

The ability to count electronic subscriptions on the annual postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation, PS Form 3526, has been established since 2012. I have not revisited the subject since ...

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Postal Q & A: Statements of ownership run in text form? Late?

Dec 1, 2019

These are questions to the NNA postal hotline that may be of interest to all members but with names and titles removed to protect the identity of the location asking. Q: We forgot to file our Statement ...

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In-county newspapers, marketing mail shoppers, get low or no increases in 2020 rate case; distant mail more costly

Nov 1, 2019

The Postal Service filed October 9 for its annual inflationary rate increase effective Jan. 26, 2020. The price cap was 1.9%, limiting the hike for mailing services. In-County was announced as 1.5% and ...

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