Dear Mr. Postmaster General, you’ve started a trend… but…

A week ago the USPS Postmaster General sent out a memo stating there would be no postal increase for direct mailers in 2010.  This coupled with the recent postal sale are a start that I applaud.  It seem that the USPS for the first time may be interested in helping business mailers do business.

But we as direct marketers must keep the pressure on the USPS.  We must make our voice heard and hold their feet to the fire to keep the direct and catalog marketing business moving.  Therefore I wrote the letter below to the USPS.  I urge you to send in your own letter, or use/modify my letter to suit your needs.  The Postmaster General’s Contact information is below…

Dear Mr. Postmaster General,
You’ve started a trend here. Between the postal summer sale and now this offer to keep postal rates stable in 2010, catalog and direct mailers believe that you may actually be interested in working to our benefit. We look forward to the next postal sale, and hope that the USPS opens it up to smaller mailers to take advantage of. We truly hope that you’ll continue to stop thinking like a bureaucracy and encourage more mail volume with innovative special offers and such.

But we’re also wary. Direct marketers are wary because the USPS holds a great deal of power and leverage over us. The last substantial postal rate increase nearly put us under with rate increases of 20 percent-plus. What was the USPS thinking? That move single-handedly drove more and more mailers into the online world. If we were to do the math, we believe the increase in postage actually caused your revenues to go down due to less mail in the mailstream.

Remember this Mr. Postmaster General: Every penny more it costs us to mail means we need to generate about two cents more per catalog and direct mail piece mailed just to breakeven. In this economy, we need every opportunity we can get to mail profitably. We’re struggling to stay alive and keep our workers employed and our customers satisfied.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Postmaster. Please continue this trend.

The Direct Mail Industry

As to you, my loyal readers, I encourage you to send your letters to the Postmaster General (or just copy mine and send it). Make your voice heard! Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Reach the Postmaster General at the following:

The Honorable John E. Potter
Postmaster General

U.S. Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, DC 20260-0010


4 thoughts on “Dear Mr. Postmaster General, you’ve started a trend… but…

  1. Carolyn says:

    It’s all well and good to not increase postage costs, but what about new requirements to use more tabbing on self-mailers? That just made things more expensive anyway. Plus, with the USPS going broke (is it a $9 billion loss this year I heard?) and shedding employees (26K postal employees just took early retirement, although they were looking for 40K), it’s hard to see how this can really fix a downward trend. I’m with you on this but don’t see how this will save direct mail.

    • Jim Gilbert says:

      Thanks Carolyn, what the USPS needs to do is take the long view and work with mailers to reduce costs. This will increase volume.


  2. Scott Johnson says:

    If you think about encouraging mail and supporting the USPS in a partnership environment it will not only save jobs (think about it: envelopes, printers, lettershop, lists, paper, equipment, etc.) it might even be a growing industry again……and isn’t that what we all desire to achieve?? My letter will be sent today…thanks for the information Jim.

  3. JustUs Advertising says:

    We all know who will have to end up paying for the rate hikes. Price go up for marketing and that causes the prices to go up for consumers. We have other tips to help chiropractors in this economy that don’t include mail.

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