New prices

Several Postal Service price changes will take effect Jan. 22.

Here’s a list of current and new retail prices:

  • Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $10.40 (current), $10.20 (new)
  • Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $17.05 (current), $17.10 (new)
  • Priority Mail large flat-rate box: $22.45 (current), $22.80 (new)
  • Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office large flat-rate box: $20.95 (current), $21.20 (new)
  • Priority Mail regular flat-rate envelope: $9.90 (current), $9.65 (new)
  • Priority Mail legal flat-rate envelope: $10.20 (current), $9.95 (new)
  • Priority Mail padded flat-rate envelope: $10.60 (current), $10.40 (new)

Some Priority Mail flat-rate retail product prices will be reduced, compared with the temporary rate adjustment currently in place, and Priority Mail commercial rates will increase by 3.6 percent, below the rate of inflation.

Priority Mail Express service prices will increase by 6.6 percent, and First-Class Package Service prices will increase by 7.8 percent.

Overall, Priority Mail service prices will increase approximately 5.5 percent.

There is no price increase for Parcel Select Ground, and pricing for USPS Connect Local remains unchanged.

Shipping Services price adjustments vary by product. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions.

USPS announced the price changes in November.

The Postal Explorer website has price change tables.

Pet project

The Postal Service will release the latest in its popular Love series of stamps on Jan. 19.

The stamps come in two designs on a pane of 20 — a puppy and a kitten — each resting their front paws on a big red heart.

The sweet, uncomplicated love of pets for their people comes through in the innocent images, which are reminiscent of retro valentines.

Artist Chris Buzelli used oil on wood panel to paint the pair, then scanned and digitally edited the images. Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps.

These newest additions to the Love series will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Numbers check

Postal Service employees can participate in a webinar on how to understand and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight.

These four measures are vital indicators to tracking overall wellness and risks for health conditions.

The session, “Know Your Numbers,” will be held Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. EST.

Paige Petty, a registered nurse and wellness nurse consultant for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, will talk about goal setting to keep your numbers in check.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Benefits and Wellness team or visit the Wellness LiteBlue page.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.67 percent during the week ending Jan. 13, up 0.13 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Jan. 18.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.23 percent, while WestPac ranked last with a 95.39 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Wisconsin, part of Central Area, ranked first with a 98.14 percent rating, while California 4, part of WestPac, ranked last with a 79.64 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From Jan. 1-6, the Postal Service delivered 89.4 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 93.6 percent of Marketing Mail and 84.5 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s Jan. 12 edition features an overview of employee safety efforts, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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