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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 usps.com/mailerscompanion.
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 pe.usps.com.
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