Industry News

  • Hurricane Impact Update - September 7, 2017

    FLORIDA

    As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, we are seeing mail and shipping operations starting to be suspended. Our carriers and the USPS are rightly concerned about the safety of their drivers and other employees and the integrity of our product, and are taking necessary precautions to keep as much as possible out of harm's way.

    The USPS has announced suspension of delivery to selected facilities (see below), but that list could very well grow over the next several days.

    Our primary mail consolidator to Florida has halted shipments to Florida at least until Monday September 11. Beyond some possible shipments today, it is doubtful whether Fry will be sending any additional direct trucks to Florida until next week either. 

    We anticipate delivery delays into Florida over the next week or so. Depending on how Hurricane Irma tracks, other areas on the Atlantic coast may also be affected.

     

    TEXAS

    Most post offices in Texas have resumed delivery, and drop shipments have resumed. A few post offices are still not delivering mail, but most of those have identified alternate facilities where residents may pick up their mail until the USPS can resume delivery. The USPS is working hard to get caught up, but it will take some time for them to work through the backlog of mail. 

     

    IMPACT ON FREIGHT MOVEMENT NATIONWIDE

    In the near term, many customers can expect to see higher than normal freight costs, as well as possible delays due to the limited supply of available trucks. 

    Hurricane Harvey has already led to increases in freight rates and a shortage of available trucks nationwide. That situation will likely be exacerbated by Hurricane Irma. Normal freight patterns have been disrupted, there is increased trucking demand to meet the need for large quantities of emergency supplies and building materials in the affected areas, and fuel prices are increasing. Hopefully this will be a relatively short-lived situation. We will continue to work with our carrier base to move freight as timely and as cost-effectively as possible.

     


    South Florida District USPS Facility Status

    Updated:  Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 9:00AM

    Effective immediately Priority Mail Express and the shipment of LIVES have been suspended to the following 3-Digit ZIP Codes through close of business Thursday, September 14, 2017.

            330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, and 349

    Effective immediately the South Florida District is suspending ALL operations in the following offices.  There will be no Retail Services, Delivery Operations, and Drop Shipments in these offices through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017.
    • Big Pine Key, 29959 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key FL 33043-999
    • Key West, Flagler Key West, 2764 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West FL 33040-3931
    • Islamorada, 82801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada FL 33036-9998
    • Key Colony Beach, 600 W Ocean Dr, Key Colony Beach FL 33051-9800
    • Key Largo, 100100 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo FL 33037-9998
    • Key West, 400 Whitehead St, Key West FL 33040-9998
    • Long Key, 400 Whitehead St, Key West FL 33040-9998
    • Marathon, 5171 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-9998
    • Marathon, Marathon Shores, 11400 Overseas Hwy, Ste 120, Marathon FL 33050-9997
    • Summerland Key, 24700 Overseas Hwy, Summerland Key FL 33042-9998
    • Tavernier, 91220 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier FL 33070-9998
    The South Florida District is suspending ALL operations in the following offices effective close of business on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  There will be no Retail Services in these offices through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge, 3296 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale FL 33306-9997
    • Sunny Isles Postal Store, 18070 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach FL 33160-2723
    The South Florida District is suspending ALL operations in the following office effective Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:00AM.  There will be no Retail Services in these offices through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Galt Ocean, 3324 Ne 34th St Fort Lauderdale FL 33348-9998
    The South Florida District is suspending ALL operations in the following offices effective Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00PM.  There will be no Retail Services in these offices through close of business Monday, September 11, 2017.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Causeway, 1515 Se 17th St Ste 121, Fort Lauderdale FL 33316-1724
    • Fort Lauderdale, Colee, 1404 E Las Olas Blvd Ste B, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301-9997
    • Hallandale Beach, Golden Isles, 1800 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach FL 33009-4737
    • Lighthouse Point, 2091 Ne 36th St, Lighthouse Point FL 33064-9997
  • USPS Promotions for 2016

    The Postal Service is again offering promotions and incentives to create awareness of innovative uses of mail. By encouraging customers to adopt and invest in technologies that enhance how consumers interact and engage with mail, the USPS hopes to fundamentally improve the long-term value of the product which will provide substantial benefits in future years.

    Fry sales consultants, mail experts and production team members are available to discuss with clients which promotions make sense for their business, and provide production guidance and help. Fry clients who participate in any of these promotions must register with USPS, then supply Fry with a copy of the registration as well as inform us as to the location of the piece within the mailpiece (per version if applicable.) A mailpiece can only claim one promotional rate at a time.

    Registration for the first two promotions, "Emerging and Advanced Technology/Video in Print" (Standard and First-Class Mail) and "Tactile, Sensory, & Interactive Mailpiece Engagement" (Standard Mail) begins Friday January 15 and continues through Wednesday August 31.

    Registration for the "Mobile Shopping" (Standard Mail) promotion begins May 15.

    Two additional promotions targeted at First Class mail, "Earned Value" and "Personalized Color Transpromo," are offered. Registration for the first begins February 15 and the second on May 15.

    We have provided the USPS Overview of 2016 Promotional Programs, the Enrollment and Registration Guide, and the Program Requirements for each promotion as downloadable PDFs below. Further information on current and proposed mailing promotions and incentives, including information about registering through the USPS Business Customer Gateway, can be

     


    Overview of all 2016 Promotional Programs - From USPS Informational Webinar

    2016 Programs Registration Incentives Enrollment Guide

    Standard Mail Promotions

    Tactile, Sensory, & Interactive Mailpiece Engagement Promotion Program Requirements

    Emerging and Advanced Technology/Video in Print Promotion Program Requirements

    Mobile Shopping Promotion Program Requirements

    First Class Mail Promotions

    Earned Value Promotion Program Requirements

    Emerging and Advanced Technology/Video in Print Promotion Program Requirements

    Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion Program Requirements

     

     

  • Update on Saturday Delivery

    Statement From the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

    The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9th and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations.  By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013. 

    Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.  The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

    The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability.  According to numerous polls, this new delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public.  Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the Administration and some members of Congress.

    To restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability, the Postal Service requires the flexibility to reduce costs and generate new revenues to close an ever widening budgetary gap.  It is not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion. Delaying responsible changes to the Postal Service business model only increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayer, which is avoidable.

    Given these extreme circumstances and the worsening financial condition of the Postal Service, the Board has directed management to seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultations with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs. The Board has also asked management to evaluate further options to increase revenue, including an exigent rate increase to raise revenues across current Postal Service product categories and products not currently covering their costs.

    The Board continues to support the Postal Service’s five-year business plan and the legislative goals identified in that plan which will return the Postal Service to financial solvency.  The Board additionally urges Congress to quickly pass comprehensive postal legislation, including provisions that would affirmatively provide the Postal Service with the ability to establish an appropriate national delivery schedule.

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