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The USPS and YOU

Postal mail continues to be a major factor in the US economy and direct mail continues to grow at ±3% every year. So it's clear that there is still a lot of interest in receiving hard copy.

We hope this page will help make it easy for you to find USPS subjects of interest. We'll also include links to closely affiliated topics.

If you have a favorite link related to the USPS, please let us know. We may wish to include it here. We envelope manufacturers are vitally interested in your thoughts, and, through our trade organization, The Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), perhaps even have a way of expressing those thoughts in a way that might have a chance of being heard in DC. As a former Chairman of the EMA, I can assure you that your input is important.

Thank you,

Linc Spaulding, CEO
Sheppard Envelope Mfg. Co.
Auburn, MA 01501


For a comprehensive search of USPS Mail Preparation Information,
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Positioning Mailing Industry for Growth
Source: "Postal Partner News", First Quarter 2015

The USPS is investing $2 billion to replace aging vehicles and to purchase more package sorting equipment. The latter is based on double-digit growth of package volume since 2012, and projections for future growth fueling the need for additional sorting capabilities.


Source: "Postal Partner News"

USPS Proposed Rate Increases (proposed rate increases to be made effective April 26, 2015):

  • First-class Mail 1.949% increase (First-class stamp $.50)
  • Standard Mail 1.886% increase
  • Periodicals 1.965% increase
  • Package Services 1.964% increase
  • Special Services 0.234% increase


Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) Required now for automation discounts

The USPS now requires IMb "for all automation price eligibility". Automation discounts only apply to IMb's that are "Full Service" (outgoing mail only).

Please check out the following links to important information from the United States Postal Service about the IMb and its use.

Getting Started with IMb (PDF)
USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode Resource Guide (PDF)

Envelope Manufacturers Assocation logo News........................................................

Sheppard Envelope Company announces
Certified Postal Partner on staff

EMA Certified Postal Partner Logo

As of July 2011, Sheppard Envelope Prepress Technician Craig Weinreich has been designated by the Envelope Manufacturer's Association (EMA) as an EMA Certified Postal Partner (CPP). This certification means that Mr. Weinreich may help you, the mailpiece designer, develope a mailpiece that will meet USPS requirements for mailing accuracy.

If you are in the process of creating artwork for a mailpiece envelope that Sheppard Envelope will be imprinting and need some guidance, you may reach Craig Weinreich, CPP, at 800-325-6622, or via email at You may also check out the helpful links mentioned above under "USPS Mailing and Related Information".




EMA Management Information Briefings

February 29, 2012
May 31, 2011
May 15, 2011
December 15, 2010