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USC Postage Quick Cost Savings Tips!

Maximizing Department Postage Savings

  • Use #10 Business Envelopes to send First Class Mail whenever possible.
    This may be accomplished by simply folding documents which will help avoid postage surcharges incurred on larger “Flat” envelopes. 

    These savings are immediate and can be substantial.  (2 oz. #10 business envelope rate  = .59 cents vs. 2 oz. large flat envelope rate = $1.00)

  • Designing and Mailing Custom Envelopes
    Departments that may design and mail custom envelopes should review USPS mail piece design specifications in advance of the envelope creation so as to help avoid costly USPS surcharges and also help maximize department postage cost savings.  More information available at  www.usps.com

  • Large Mailings in excess of 200 pieces
    Departments planning large mailings in excess of 200 pieces which are not time sensitive may realize cost savings by using the Standard (Bulk) Mail services provided by USC Printing Services.  For more information see http://printing.sc.edu/bulkmail.asp or call 777-2244.

  • Large Flat Envelopes
    Departments that are planning to mail large “flat” envelopes may now maximize postage savings.

    Recently the State Contract mail vendor has offered us the ability to meter “Flat” mail at select Presort rates.

    Department mailings in excess of 500 pieces that meet the “Flat” mail piece qualification may now realize significant and immediate cost savings compared to the full rate First Class Postage.

    USPS Criteria for “Flat” Mail Eligibility
  • Large envelope must be rectangular
  • Max. Dimensions:   12”high  x  15” long  x  ¾” thick
  • Envelope must be uniformly thick and not rigid

For additional information, please contact USC Postal Service @ 777-2158 or 777-3168.


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