Paper Shortages Hit Mail Industry—Is Relief Ahead?

prwhite

Administrator
Staff member
According to Mailcom, the paper shortage has exploded into a full-fledged crisis in the early months of 2022, as printers & mailers scrambled to meet current & future job requirements. Paper is a commodity—prices fluctuate based on supply & demand—and prices surged in the last 6-months, doubling in some cases, as printer allocations were imposed, rationing supplies.

Mailcom says there should be improvement in the supply of paper in the months ahead, but the price is anyone’s guess. But, what Can You Do? Mailcom offers some tips to survive the current crisis:
  • Use bidding to find lower cost suppliers.
  • Give printers several paper options to quote to find values.
  • Delay printing non-essential matter.
  • Redesign your mailing pieces to use less paper and/or postage.
 

MailGuru

Well-known member
Postage is also going up 7/10/22. Haven't checked the marketing mail pricing, but, First Class that doesn't qualify for a pre-sort seems fairly steep (10 to 14 percent).
 

MailGuru

Well-known member
As usual, they only report part of the story, not, all of the story:

Retail First Class LettersCurrent PriceNew PriceIncrease AmtIncrease Percent
StampedUp to 1 oz
$0.580​
$0.600​
$0.02​
3.4483%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.780​
$0.840​
$0.06​
7.6923%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.980​
$1.080​
$0.10​
10.2041%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.180​
$1.320​
$0.14​
11.8644%​
Metered
Up to 1 oz
$0.530​
$0.570​
$0.04​
7.5472%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.730​
$0.810​
$0.08​
10.9589%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.930​
$1.050​
$0.12​
12.9032%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.130​
$1.290​
$0.16​
14.1593%​
Commercial First Classs Letters
Single Piece (Line B6)
Up to 1 oz
$0.530​
$0.570​
$0.04​
7.5472%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.730​
$0.810​
$0.08​
10.9589%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.930​
$1.050​
$0.12​
12.9032%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.130​
$1.290​
$0.16​
14.1593%​
Automated PresortedAADC
Up to and incuding 3.5 oz
$0.461​
$0.491​
$0.03​
6.5076%​
Mixed AADC
$0.485​
$0.515​
$0.03​
6.1856%​
 

PricelineNegotiator

Well-known member
As usual, they only report part of the story, not, all of the story:

Retail First Class LettersCurrent PriceNew PriceIncrease AmtIncrease Percent
StampedUp to 1 oz
$0.580​
$0.600​
$0.02​
3.4483%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.780​
$0.840​
$0.06​
7.6923%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.980​
$1.080​
$0.10​
10.2041%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.180​
$1.320​
$0.14​
11.8644%​
Metered
Up to 1 oz
$0.530​
$0.570​
$0.04​
7.5472%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.730​
$0.810​
$0.08​
10.9589%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.930​
$1.050​
$0.12​
12.9032%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.130​
$1.290​
$0.16​
14.1593%​
Commercial First Classs Letters
Single Piece (Line B6)
Up to 1 oz
$0.530​
$0.570​
$0.04​
7.5472%​
Over 1 oz to 2 oz
$0.730​
$0.810​
$0.08​
10.9589%​
Over 2 oz to 3 oz
$0.930​
$1.050​
$0.12​
12.9032%​
Over 3 oz to 3.5 oz
$1.130​
$1.290​
$0.16​
14.1593%​
Automated PresortedAADC
Up to and incuding 3.5 oz
$0.461​
$0.491​
$0.03​
6.5076%​
Mixed AADC
$0.485​
$0.515​
$0.03​
6.1856%​
I find this offensive as I only understand chaos. You are attempting to remove the hysterical theatrics that we all need in our lives on a constant basis. Please refrain from spreading facts and logic in the future.
 

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