You are currently viewing Understanding the July 2024 USPS Pricing Increases: A Detailed Analysis

Understanding the July 2024 USPS Pricing Increases: A Detailed Analysis

As the world continues to evolve, so do the costs associated with essential services, including postal delivery.  

On July 14, 2024, the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented a series of pricing increases. These changes are critical for businesses and individuals who rely on USPS for their mailing needs.  

At Onsite Management Group (OMG), we understand the impact of these adjustments on your operations and have conducted a thorough analysis to help you navigate these changes effectively.  

How Much the USPS is Raising Postal Prices 

The USPS pricing adjustments announced for July 14, 2024, encompass various services, including First-Class Mail, Marketing Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Extra Services. Here’s a detailed breakdown on how much the USPS is increasing prices: 

1. First-Class Mail:

  • Letters (1 oz.): Increased from $0.63 to $0.66 
  • Letters (additional ounces): Increased from $0.24 to $0.28 
  • Domestic Postcards: Increased from $0.48 to $0.51 
  • Flats (1 oz.): Increased from $1.26 to $1.31

2. Marketing Mail: 

  • Letters: Increase varies based on weight and entry point, with an average rise of 2.4% 
  • Flats: Average increase of 2.9% 
  • Parcels: Increased by an average of 3.1% 

3. Periodicals: 

  • Overall, periodicals will see an average increase of 2.4%, affecting both within-county and outside-county rates. 

4. Package Services: 

  • Retail Ground: Increased by an average of 3.5% 
  • Parcel Select: Average increase of 2.8% 
  • Media Mail: Increased by approximately 3.3% 

5. Extra Services: 

  • Certified Mail: Increased from $4.35 to $4.45 
  • Registered Mail: Increased from $13.75 to $14.00 
  • Signature Confirmation: Increased from $3.65 to $3.75 

How the USPS Pricing Increase Will Impact You 

The USPS price increase will cost businesses and nonprofits more money when they need to use the mail service. Different types of workplaces will be hit harder by some increases than others. 

Business Mailers 

For businesses, especially those heavily reliant on direct mail marketing and package delivery, these pricing changes will have a notable impact on operational costs.  

The increase in First-Class Mail rates, though seemingly small per unit, can significantly affect bulk mailing expenses.  

Marketing Mail, a key component for businesses in reaching their target audience, will also experience higher costs, necessitating a reassessment of mailing strategies and budgets. 

Nonprofit Organizations 

Nonprofits, often dependent on USPS services for fundraising and communication with donors, will need to account for these increased costs in their budgets.  

The rise in Periodicals rates can affect newsletters and publications, while Marketing Mail increases may impact donor outreach efforts. 

Individuals and Small Businesses 

For individuals and small businesses, the increase in the cost of sending letters and packages could mean higher expenses for personal communication and small-scale e-commerce operations. The rise in Media Mail rates will particularly impact those who ship books and educational materials. 

How to Offset the Cost of USPS Pricing Increases 

At OMG, we recommend several strategies to help mitigate the impact of these pricing increases: 

  1. Optimize Mailing Lists: Ensure your mailing lists are up-to-date to avoid sending mail to incorrect addresses, thus reducing wasted postage. 
  2. Leverage Discounts: Explore USPS discounts for bulk mailings and presorting services to offset the increased costs. 
  3. Digital Integration: Consider integrating digital communication methods where possible, reducing the volume of physical mail. 
  4. Negotiate with Vendors: If you use third-party vendors for mail services, negotiate better rates to compensate for the USPS price hikes. 
  5. Audit Mailing Practices: Regularly audit your mailing practices to identify areas for cost savings and efficiency improvements. 

          Why the USPS is Increasing Prices 

          According to the USPS, these changes are part of the “Delivering for America” 10-year plan, aimed at creating a financially sustainable and efficient postal service.

          The adjustments are necessary to support the organization in maintaining its public service mission, which includes providing a nationwide, integrated network for the delivery of mail and packages at least six days a week.  

          Notably, there will be no price increase for USPS Ground Advantage, a service offering affordable and reliable shipping across the continental U.S. with included insurance and free pickup. 


          The July 14, 2024, USPS pricing increases present challenges for all mailers. However, by understanding these changes and implementing strategic measures, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals can manage the impact effectively.  

          At OMG, we are committed to providing insights and solutions to help you navigate these changes. For more detailed advice and tailored strategies, feel free to contact our team of experts

          Leave a Reply