The U.S. Postal Service has released the final rule on its “summer
sale,” which will provide discounts for high-volume mailers of
commercial or non-profit Standard Mail letters and flats between July 1
and September 30.
According to the final rule, participants in the program will
receive a 30 percent discount on qualifying pieces. The program
initially excluded mailers that are already participating in the
saturation mail volume incentive program, but the rules have been
revised to allow mailers to participate in the summer sale
“independently of their status within the saturation mail volume
To be eligible, companies must have mailed more than one million
pieces between Oct. 1, 2007, and March 31, 2008. Mailers demonstrating
Standard Mail or flat volume above their established “threshold” level
will receive a credit during the end of the program period. Thresholds
will be calculated independently for each applicant by comparing the
volume mailed between the periods of October 7, 2007-March 31, 2008 and
October 1, 2008-March 31, 2009.
Mailers who meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by
letter; those who don’t receive a letter can request a review of their
eligibility by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.