• Project Title:
  • Marketing Mail Workshare Discounts Cost Model
  • Start Date:
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • July 2018

The Postal Service offers a postage rate discount to mailers for presorting, pre-barcoding, handling, and transporting mail. These workshare discounts incentivize mailers to perform specific activities prior to dropping mail at postal facilities.

These discounts allow the Postal Service to avoid some mailing costs, such as processing, transportation, and labor costs; stimulate mail volume growth; and improve service.

The Postal Service’s current methodology to determine workshare discounts is estimated using various operational and statistical information sources based on the actual costs incurred.

  • How can the Postal Service improve its workshare program?
  • Are there any new workshare opportunities that could enhance mailers’ current operations?
  • What are your thoughts on the Postal Service’s current cost models and pricing strategies for workshare discounts?

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  • anon

    Not so much workshare related, but if the USPS is serious about Informed Delivery becoming a powerhouse marketing tool for catalogers and direct mailers, then they should offer an incentive to mail service providers to insert color images into the mail file submissions. Grayscale images just don't excite people.

    Feb 21, 2018
  • anon

    Dori, I don't know about 3rd bundle taking more time. But, my plant is constantly running mail that should be going straight to the carrier. Bolstering their numbers run through the machines.

    Feb 19, 2018
  • anon

    They should offer discounts based on the mail item meeting standard machineable requirements. It is more cost effective to run items with dps and ffs then to handle a three bundle.

    Feb 14, 2018
  • anon

    Thank you for your comment. This particular audit is focusing on ensuring that the current discounts issued are correct.

    Mar 15, 2018

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