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June 15

June 15, 2006


Price Proposal Details in Mailers Companion


The May/June Mailers Companion includes detailed information on the domestic price proposal, with highlights by class of mail, FAQs, and side-by-side current and proposed price tables.       


Check out the new Companion at


Just in Time… For Summertime Readers


Thanks to a new Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) with Bookspan, avid readers may have more opportunities to select one of the best summertime releases. The new NSA gives Bookspan volume pricing incentives on Standard Mail letters used to solicit members to its book clubs. The incentives kick in at volume levels higher than what Bookspan originally planned to mail.


The Postal Service celebrates this agreement as the first NSA for Standard Mail and the first approved for pure volume incentives, without an explicit cost savings component. The agreement is structured to encourage more use of Standard Mail letters to create a “multiplier effect”:  For each new customer acquired, Bookspan expects to send an additional 50 to 60 pieces of new mail in the first year after the customer signs up.


NSAs are customized pricing agreements with individual customers that are designed to increase mail volume and contribute to the cost of running the Postal Service. NSAs are a win-win for us and for our customers. Bookspan joins Capital One Services, Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase), Discover Financial Services, and HSBC in our active NSA program.


Bookspan is the largest marketer of general-interest and specialty book clubs in the United States.  Bookspan is a partnership between Doubleday Direct and Book-of-the-Month Club Holdings. Bookspan's clubs include Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, The Literary Guild, Crossings, and Quality Paperback Book Club.


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 manager of business mail entry for assistance.


The DMM, IMM, Quick Service Guides, 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.



The optional L201 separation for mixed ADC bundles and sacks becomes mandatory. See the June 8 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.



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