New prices

Several Postal Service price changes will take effect Sunday, Jan. 24.

Here are the current and new retail prices:

First-Class Mail letters (additional ounces): 15 cents (current), 20 cents (new)
First-Class Mail letters (metered 1 ounce): 50 cents (current), 51 cents (new)
First-Class Mail domestic postcard stamps: 35 cents (current), 36 cents (new)
First-Class Mail letters (1 ounce): 55 cents (no change from current price)
First-Class Mail Flats (1 ounce): $1 (no change from current price)
Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $8.30 (current), $8.45 (new)
Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $15.05 (current), $15.50 (new)
Priority Mail large flat-rate box: $21.10 (current), $21.90 (new)
Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office large flat-rate box: $19.60 (current), $20.40 (new)
Priority Mail regular flat-rate envelope: $7.75 (current), $7.95 (new)
Priority Mail legal flat-rate envelope: $8.05 (current), $8.25 (new)
Priority Mail padded flat-rate envelope: $8.40 (current), $8.55 (new)

The changes will raise overall Priority Mail service prices approximately 3.5 percent and overall Priority Mail Express service prices 1.2 percent, while Mailing Services product prices will rise approximately 1.7 percent.

The changes, which the Postal Service proposed in October and November, were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission late last year.

A 2021 price change kit and other information is available on the Retail and Post Office Operations Blue page.

Taking action

A retail associate’s talk with a customer in the lobby at the Irving, TX, Post Office has resulted in $27,000 in estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

The customer, a local landscaping company owner, was looking for low-cost direct advertising.

Brittany Johnson, the retail associate, submitted a lead through the Clerks Care program.

Jenny Yoo, a business development specialist in Dallas District, followed up with the customer. Working with the field sales team, she closed a deal worth more than $27,000 in estimated annualized revenue.

“Thanks to Brittany’s goodwill and appreciation for her customers, she was able to recognize an opportunity to help her customer and get them into the right hands,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters.

Sales generated from Clerks Care leads count toward the USPS Power of One campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page is tracking participation in Clerks Care and other employee lead programs: Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Business Connect, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

Share your feedback at uspslink@usps.gov. Your comments could be included in the “Mailbag” column.

Where are you?

The start of a new year is a good time to make sure the Postal Service has your contact information.

If you work for USPS, you’re required to provide your current mailing address. This allows the organization to send you communications about health, payroll, benefits and other important matters.

You can use the Life Changes LiteBlue page to update your address and other information, including your emergency contacts and beneficiaries.

If you have questions, call the Human Resources Shared Service Center weekdays from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Eastern time at 877-477-3273 (select Option 5).