Saturday, October 13, 2012

Postage Increase 2013

Merchants to Be Squeezed by Postage Rate Increase in January
By Ina Steiner
October 12, 2012


Online merchants are increasingly feeling the pressure to offer free shipping, but, as they are fond of saying, there is no such thing as free shipping. That point is being driven home this week after the U.S. Postal Service announced it would raise postage rates on January 27, 2013, pending review by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The popular Priority Mail service will increase overall an average of 6.3%. Retail prices will increase an average of 9%, but the approximately 3% of the increase is for free tracking visibility which will now be included at no charge.
The average price increase for Priority Mail Commercial Base will be 3.7%, available to those who use online postage services - clearly this is an incentive for online sellers to investigate such services if they don't use them already. The Commercial Plus price category, which offers even lower prices to large-volume customers, will see an average price increase of 3.8%.