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The End of Postage Prepayment?

Kim Mauch
Posted by Kim Mauch Sr. Product Manager Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 18:08

Kim Mauch has over a decade of experience absorbing the ins-and-outs of effective mailing preparation and submission processes with a heavy emphasis on new USPS technologies including Intelligent Mail and electronic documentation.

In her current role as postal products specialist for Quadient, Kim educates customers on how to efficiently meet the latest USPS regulations.

She has presented at MailCom, National Postal Forum and numerous educational forums, including full-day channel training sessions, online webinars and high-profile customer training programs.

Customer Experience Update
The End of Postage Prepayment?

This week the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved a USPS request to allow mailers to use credit to pay for their mailings. However, this won’t affect most mailers for awhile.

Whether you pay for your mailings with an Imprint permit, meter, or even a CAPS account, today you must hand over your funds to USPS when or before you mail. For most mailers, this won’t be changing any time soon. Only mailers who are using Intelligent Mail Full-Service and have a Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) with USPS will be eligible for the credit option. For the majority of these mailers, this NSA will include a promise to increase mail volume over the next three years. So the way most mailers and mail service providers pay won’t be changing.

However, this does show a bit of USPS’s hand. Requiring mailers to pre-pay is cumbersome. Offering limited payment options isn’t encouraging mailers to come out of the woodwork. This week’s announcement may be just the beginning. There has been talk of other payment methods including Paypal, invoices, and possibly credit cards. While these options may be far off on the horizon, this credit option is an important first step.