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May 18

May 18, 2006


Bookspan Negotiated Service Agreement Recommended


The Postal Rate Commission (PRC) recommended approval of our Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) with Bookspan. This agreement is the first NSA related to Standard Mail and the first agreement containing volume based price incentives without accompanying cost savings. The Commission praised the inclusion of several new contract features, and cited the presence of a significant multiplier effect as a key factor. Bookspan uses Standard Mail to acquire customers who then generate a substantial volume of additional mail through product orders and shipments and additional advertising mail.


In a separate concurring opinion, PRC Chairman Omas encouraged “the Postal Service to continue its work with the mailing community” where NSAs “can thrive and reach their fullest potential.” 


The PRC Opinion and Recommended Decision is now subject to a decision by the Board of Governors. The complete Opinion and Recommended Decision is available on the PRC Web site at


Upcoming Mail Preparation Changes


Several mail preparation changes are effective in July. We summarize these changes below, and we will incorporate them into the DMM on July 6. Questions? Contact your local business mail entry unit for assistance.


The DMM, business rate calculator, and other mailing tools are always available on Postal Explorer at


Effective Date

Shape of Mail

Class of Mail

Mail Preparation Change

July 6, 2006




Standard Mail

Parcel Post
Bound Printed Matter

Mailers must enter DBMC mailings for ZIP Code 880 at the Dallas BMC. See the April 13 Postal Bulletin for details.


Parcel Select
Bound Printed Matter

Mailers have a new option to drop-ship machinable parcels for certain ZIP Codes when entered at designated SCFs. See the March 16 Postal Bulletin for details and new labeling list L607.

Bound Printed Matter

Mailers must place a new marking on machinable parcels consisting of multiple pieces secured with transparent shrinkwrap. See the March 30 Postal Bulletin for details.