Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: July 16, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Corscia Island – French Post reports a strike at the Post office Ajaccio, Corsica island. Delays are expected for mail and parcels to post codes 20000 – 20090.

Israel – Since July 6th, escalating airstrikes and conflict will cause mail and transportations delays.

Cameroon – Transport workers on a nationwide strike  over rising fuel prices on July 7th.

Southern Japan – Week of July 7th, Super Typhoon Neoguri could be one of the strongest storms to hit the country in decades.

Philippines – bracing for Typhoon Rammasun expected to make landfall today, over 100,000 families in the Bicol region have been evacuated.

Canada Holiday — Civic  Holiday – August 4th – Canada Post will not deliver and all Postal Stations throughout the country will be closed.

USPS Proposes New Pricing for Priority Mail Customers

The USPS recently introduced a new website that encourages customers to utilize Priority Mail features available online.  Those who opt to utilize Priority Mail directly at post offices may see an increase this September.

The USPS recently introduced a new website that encourages customers to utilize Priority Mail features available online. Those who opt to utilize Priority Mail directly at post offices may see an increase this September.  Screenshot from usps.com.

Businesses looking for relief from increasing mail costs may see a small decrease in Commercial Priority Mail pricing this September.  Unfortunately, others purchasing Priority Mail services directly from the post office may be subjected to an increase.

The changes were proposed by the USPS on Tuesday in a notice  to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  Details are available in a press release on the USPS website.

In the release, Chief Marketing/Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe stated that the price decrease in Priority Mail for businesses is an attempt to attract and retain new customers.

The proposed decreases would have an impact on Commercial Plus and Commercial Base online shipping services.  According to the press release, Commercial Plus customers will save 2.3 percent and Commercial Base customers will save 0.9 percent.

The features of Priority Mail for business will remain the same.  These include tracking, insurance, a short delivery turnaround, and free package pickup.  Commercial Base Priority Mail does not have any volume requirements.  Those who use Commercial Plus Pricing are billed on shipping volume (around 50,000 pieces a year).

Increases for Priority Mail customers utilizing the service at post offices will average to 1.7 percent.  For customers wanting to utilize online shipping options, the USPS recently introduced a new online store that encourages users to print shipping labels, request a package pickup, etc.  More information on the store is available on the USPS website.

The PRC must approve the proposed Priority Mail pricing changes before they take effect this September.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: June 24, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

France – June 24th, French air traffic controllers launched a six-day strike, which caused hundreds of flight cancellations and major delays across the country. Expect mail and parcel delays.

Canada – Monday June 23rd St Jean Baptist Day (celebrated) in the Province of Quebec, expect postal delays in Quebec only.

Philippines – Philippines Post announced on June 19th that normal postal operations have resumed; however, due to construction of roads and some relocations postal delays are still expected.  This is due to last November’s typhoon.

Spain – June 19th the corontiaon of a new King in Madrid, expect some delays in delivery during that timeframe.

Indonesia – Indonesia Post announced on June 17th normal postal operations have been restored throughout country, they were fractured since February due to volcanic eruption.

Serbia – Updated on June 12th, all postal deliveries are still subject to delays in the following postcode areas: 11500, 11503, 11505 and 22248.

Canada Holiday — Canada Day – Tuesday July 1st – Canada Post will not deliver and all Postal Stations throughout the country will be closed.

Update on Mail Service to Ukraine

The USPS announced this week that Flag_of_Ukraine.svgmail service will resume to Ukraine for Global Express Guaranteed®.

Effective June 17, USPS starting accepting shipments to Crimea and Sevastopol in Ukraine using its Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service. Other USPS international shipping options are still temporarily suspended.

In April, Ukrainian State Postal Enterprise (Ukrposhta) informed the Universal Postal Union that it had suspended delivery services for international mail addressed to Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999).

 

Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Ukraine

Flag_of_Ukraine.svgPer the continuing crisis in Ukraine, USPS service to the Crimea (postal codes 95000–98999) and Sevastopol (postal codes 99000-99999) has been temporarily suspended.See below for the official announcement on the USPS website.

Temporary Suspension of Mail Service to Certain Destinations in Ukraine 

Until further notice, all Post Office™ and other acceptance locations must not accept any mail destined to the Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999), Ukraine. The temporary suspension affects Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG), Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, and First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service™, International Priority Airmail™ (IPA®) International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag items.

For already deposited items addressed to these destinations, Postal Service employees must endorse them “Mail Service Temporarily Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mailstream for return.

For all returned items, upon request, the Postal Service will refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the temporary suspension of service.

Additional Mid-Year Promotions Available for Mailers, Marketers

Starting this month, additional mid-year promotions will be available to encourage businesses to utilize USPS shipping products and technologies.  These promotions are available for Standard and/or First-Class Mail products.

In February, we covered the Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion, the Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion, and the Premium Advertising Promotion.  These various promotions encouraged marketers to utilize technology in their direct mail campaigns and offered several price reduction incentives for utilizing the service(s).

Starting June 15th, customers can register for the “Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Program,” intended to encourage customers to use color ink on bills and statements.  First Class Mail presorts and automation letters sent in IMb full-service mailings can take advantage of this 2 percent per mail piece offer.  Registration ends December 31st; the promotion for those who have registered begins August 1st.

Registration for the “Emerging Technology Featuring Near Field Communication Promotion” also starts June 15th.

“Near field communication is a form of communication between devices such as smartphones, tablets or items embedded with NFC chips, tags or similar technology,” the USPS RIBBS website states.  “Standard NFC technology generally consists of embedding a small chip or other form of technology into a carrier (mail piece or other item) that can be recognized by an NFC enabled mobile device. The interaction is initiated by touching the mobile device on the NFC embedded item or by placing the mobile device within 1-2 inches of the NFC embedded item.”

The registration period for this promotion ends September 30th; the promotion period is August 1st – September 30th.  For further explanation about NFC communication, view the video below.

To view the complete 2014 promotions calendar, visit the RIBBS website.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: May 14, 2014

World Map_standing imageHere are the latest global hot spots that may delay mail delivery as reported by International Delivery Solutions.

Cyprus:  Airline mail backlog issues to Cyprus on May 14th, expect transit delays.

Iceland:  Airline strikes to Iceland on May 9th, expect mail delays.

Thailand:  An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 occurred on May 5th in Northern Thailand, no major damage reported.

Canada:  Since May 12th  The Canadian International Mail Centre in Vancouver has moved to a new location. This move has affected the processing and delivery of import mail in the area.  The affected postcode areas are those starting with: T, U, V, W, and Y. Delays to mail services are expected over the next few days.

Canada: Victoria Day on May 19th, in honor of Queen Victoria’s Birthday, National Holiday Canada Post is closed.  No mail delivery, no post offices are open.