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Postal Tips

The National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

We can help with:

  • Interpretations of postal rules
  • Understanding how to enter mail properly
  • Assess steps you may be able to improve slow service
  • Know whether you are eligible for Perodicals permits
  • And unsnarl a host of other conundrums that arise when newspapers (and their shoppers/TMCs) are in the mail

Consulting assistance is a member-benefit. Membership includes a subscription to Publishers’ Auxiliary, featuring the monthly column, Postal Tips. 

Must-do list for printing/mailing plants

May 1, 2021

Newspapers, share this with your printer/mailer

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Ready or not, Seamless Acceptance for Full Service Mailers is coming

Apr 1, 2021

Now, it appears that all Full Service mailers entering currently through their local BMEU, likely their local post office, will be verified using only automated sampling and verification processes beginning ...

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Postal Q&A: COVID subscriber/requester expiration extended

Mar 1, 2021

Sample large number on small circ pubs

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Postal Q&A: What are the steps to take when merging 2 smaller papers into 1?

Feb 1, 2021

NNA members jump hurdles while USPS handles surge in packages. 

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Higher postage rates are coming — here’s what you can do about it

Jan 5, 2021

NNA members surveyed in August indicated they were seeing service problems across the board in all mail classes, even for Within County.

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Electronic paid/requester subscriptions can count as valuable add-ons, depending on circumstances

Dec 1, 2020

The ability to count electronic subscriptions on the annual postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation, PS Form 3526, has been established since 2012, when a third page was added to the ...

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Tell your printer to ‘sack’ the sacks!

Oct 1, 2020

Flats trays a must to boost Periodicals handling

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Navigating the USPS Business Customer Gateway

Sep 1, 2020

It’s clear to me that the more a newspaper adapts to the Postal Service’s preferred, and perhaps in the future mandatory, procedures for mail preparation, acceptance and payment of your mailings, ...

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