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DMA Statement on USPS Summer Sale Approval
Washington, DC, June 4, 2009 — The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) today applauds the initiative and creativity of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and commends the diligent and expeditious endorsement of the USPS Summer Sale by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).
“The Summer Sale provides an opportunity for marketers and the USPS to create an independent and much needed stimulus to their businesses and the nation’s economy,” said John Greco, DMA President & CEO.
The potential benefits from the program will accrue to the entire supply chain from creative entities to paper suppliers, printers and private sector common carriers.
The Postal Service estimates that they will realize between $38 million and $95 million in additional net revenue from the expected increase in mail volume.
Direct mail and catalog remain significant contributors to the
By endorsing the Summer Sale, the PRC is allowing the USPS to take advantage of the pricing flexibility that DMA worked so hard for in the passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. DMA has long advocated seasonal pricing. At the Postal Regulatory Commission/Postal Service Summit in 2007, then DMA Chairman Markus Wilhelm urged the Postal Service to offer seasonal rates and even daily rates to grow mail volume during slower times. DMA endorsed cooperation between the USPS and mailers then, and will continue to do so in the future.
The basic outline of the sale is that any mailer with over 1 million pieces of annual volume is entitled to a 30 percent rebate on the incremental increase in volume mailed between July 1 and September 30, 2009, over previous years. These numbers are subject to a series of calculations that adjust for current mailing trends and any shift in October 2009 volume. You can learn more about the details of the sale here http://www.the-dma.org/postal/.
DMA looks forward to a successful execution of this initiative and encourages the USPS to continue the use of flex pricing in 2010 with the ability of a broader base of mailers to qualify.
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About Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The Direct Marketing Association (www.the-dma.org) is the leading global trade association of businesses and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the end-to-end direct marketing process. Founded in 1917, DMA today represents more than 3,400 companies from dozens of vertical industries in the
In 2008, marketers — commercial and nonprofit — spent $176.9 billion on direct marketing, which accounted for 52.1 percent of all ad expenditures in the
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