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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. 

USPS delivery network changes might affect you

Nov 1, 2022

There are a lot of changes coming at USPS, and not just to rates. Starting this summer, we were made aware of changes coming in some larger metro areas involving consolidating carrier routes into large ...

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Protect your mailing permit

Oct 1, 2022

The postal team at NNA recently got a question from a member asking what specific postal regulatory violations would trigger the revocation of a Periodicals permit. We thought other members might benefit ...

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Updates to USPS Labeling Lists and CASS Software Requirements

Sep 1, 2022

The ZIP Codes formerly covered by FSS have been converted to Label List L007, which directs the creation of 5-Digit Scheme bundles for flat mail.

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It's a long river ...

Aug 1, 2022

It is a reasonable assumption that if you are reading this, you are counting on Periodicals mail. Maybe you are relying upon it for 80-100% of your distribution. If that is you, I am worried about ...

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While we wait ... here are some great mileposts along NNA’s 137-year history

Jul 1, 2022

If experience over the last decade means anything, it will be more than a year before a new idea jells within the USPS management team and gets on the regulatory path to enactment. NNA has requested action ...

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Here's the lowdown on USPS’ other permit — Marketing Mail

Jun 1, 2022

Those of you publishing shoppers or TMC papers in addition to your regular newspapers are probably quite familiar with the ins and outs of Marketing Mail, which used to be called Standard Class or bulk ...

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USPS announces new postage rates for July

May 1, 2022

Going forward, the USPS plans to increase rates twice a year, ending what Postmaster General Louis DeJoy called "14 years of an ineffective pricing schedule" in a recent meeting with industry executives.

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When one of the centipede legs stops moving — arrangement in Virginia is not unique

Apr 1, 2022

“It is like the story of the spider and the centipede. The spider said to the centipede: ‘I have enough trouble keeping my eight legs working together. How do you manage 100 of them?’ ...

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Streamline your production process with Alternate Marked Copy

Mar 1, 2022

In a recent Max Heath Postal Institute™ webinar, there was quite a bit of interest in, and questions about, the Postal Service’s rules on marked copies and the Alternate Marked Copy process.

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