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Postage Rate Goes into Effect January 21, 2018

Posted by Dawn Mellas on November 27, 2017 in General Info, Postal

This fall the USPS filed a rate case for a postage increase that will go into effect on January 21, 2018. The overall increase is around 1.9% for First Class and Marketing Mail (formerly Standard), with some categories seeing a higher percentage.

Below are highlights of the approved rates.  Visit the Postal Tips and Rate … Read More >


Approved 2017 Postage Increase – Effective January 22, 2017

Posted by Dawn Mellas on November 16, 2016 in General Info, Postal

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed United States Postal Service rate case for postage increases on all Market Dominant products except Special Services (which are still pending approval). The new rates will go into effect on January 22, 2017.

While some rates are indeed increasing, there is also some good news in the rate … Read More >


New LOWER Postage Rates – Effective April 10, 2016

Posted by Dawn Mellas on April 11, 2016 in General Info, Postal

It is official, the exigent surcharge (see DMS blog posts dated 12/2015, 8/2015 and 6/2015) is ending and as a result the postage rates are lower as of April 10th, 2016. Examples of the new, lower rates include:

First Class Full Rate From $0.49 to $0.470
First Class Auto-Letter 3-digit From $0.416  to $0.399
Standard Class Auto-Letter 3-digit … Read More >

Cyndi Greenglass

Hospitals worried about the increase in financial risk from patient obligation

Posted by Cyndi Greenglass on March 30, 2016 in General Info

As patients are increasingly responsible for more of the financial obligation for their healthcare, hospitals are worried about getting paid.

According to Revenue Cycle Insights, hospitals are increasingly turning to credit checks to determine both an individual’s ability to pay and to mine data on their patients’ population health.

“The new self-pay accounts receivable is rising … Read More >

Cyndi Greenglass

How Marketing Automation Creates Sales

In Business-to-Business marketing, you are often dealing with long sales cycles and complex products that require multiple decision makers to be involved. In addition, almost all B2B marketing strategies include a sales funnel that supports moving contacts and prospects through a buying cycle from awareness to close. There are many kinds of buying processes, and … Read More >


Ivy schools are catching on to the online education trend

Posted by Cyndi Greenglass on December 28, 2015 in General Info

It seems that the Ivies have finally caught on to what we have known for a while. Online learning can be more collaborative and thoughtful than classroom based education.

In a Poets and Quants Article, they revealed that Wharton is the latest Ivy MBA program to embrace online learning. Read the article at: Read More >