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Postal Service offers new 'autumn sale' for volume mailers

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service, expanding on its “summer sale” program announced earlier this year, is rolling out a similar mail discount program for the fourth quarter to encourage increased first-class commercial mailings.

To be eligible, mailers must have dropped a minimum of 500,000 first-class, nonparcel pieces in the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2007. Such proven volume mailers will receive a 20% rebate on the amount of presorted letters, flats and cards above these previous levels that are mailed during the final three months of this year.

The new program is similar to the USPS' current discount program for standard mail, which runs through Sept. 30. The USPS said it expects the fall discount program to generate new first-class volume of 103 million mailed pieces, with a similar number of pieces upgrading from standard mail rates to first class to take advantage of the new program.

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