Canada Post Service and Price Changes Happen Today

See our earlier post for full details of the changes that came in to effect today.

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Only 12 Mailing Days left to left to take advantage of Canada Post’s discount rate!

Canada Post has been offering an incredible discount of 25% on Personalized Mail to clients who haven’t used their services in the last 12 months, but this offer may not return in 2018.

Connect directly with your customers and promote your product, service, or event for an incredibly low price. Call us now to take advantage of big savings!

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Holiday Hours at Aristos

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Aristos! While helping to get everyone’s winter mailouts completed, we’d like to let you know about our upcoming hours of operation:

  • Friday, December 22 – Open 9am to 2pm
  • Monday, December 25 – Closed
  • Tuesday, December 26 – Closed
  • Wednesday, December 27 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, December 28 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Friday, December 29 – Open 10am-2pm
  • Monday, January 1 – Closed

As always, if you have a delivery to make outside of these hours, please feel free to call us and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

From all of us at Aristos, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and all our best wishes for the new year.

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Canada Post Service and Price Changes for 2018

Canada Post’s yearly price changes will happen on Monday, January 15, 2018. While most prices have changed some – like the price of postage stamps, have remained the same. Check out the updated price sheets on our Postal Rates page. Here are a few of the changes:

  • Lettermail rates for stamps have remained unchanged for yet another year! Rates for using a postage meter or indicia have gone up between 2¢ and 10¢ depending on size and weight.
  • Neighbourhood Mail rates for overweight items are unchanged, but the options have greatly expanded! See our blog post for details. Regular weight items have increased by just 0.2¢ per piece.
  • Personalized Mail has increased by 1¢ or 2¢ per piece for different categories but you can still save up to 60% over the cost of a postage stamp on a standard size piece.
  • Publications Mail postage has increased by either 1¢ or 3¢ per piece depending on the service type.
  • Postal Code Targeting has increased by 0.6¢ a piece.

From a service standpoint, the Incentive Lettermail and Postal Code Targeting services will no longer require you to sign a separate agreement contract with Canada Post in order to be accessed. This is fantastic news as it allows us to assist you without the time and hassle of dealing with extra Canada Post paperwork.

As always we are ready to help you with your mailing needs. Call us today and get your 2018 marketing campaign off to the right start!

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Neighbourhood Mail Changes – The Word Is Bigger!

Neighbourhood Mail is getting an overhaul in 2018, and bigger in this case is definitely better! Canada Post has approved several changes to this incredibly cost-effective service allowing for bigger size, weight, thickness, and bundle quantity:

  • Maximum size increased to 12 x 11 inches
  • Maximum weight increased to 500 grams
  • Maximum thickness increased to 1 inch (per piece!)
  • Maximum bundle size now determined by a maximum height of 6 inches

Believe it or not, these numbers can get even bigger if you’re planning on delivering to non-letter carrier routes. These are generally found in rural or suburban areas and have specific requirements, so if you’re thinking about geographic delivery for something even bigger than what’s listed above give us a call.

Remember, the bigger the bundle the bigger the elastics you will need to secure it. This is the number one cause of issues within the Neighbourhood Mail service in our experience. Be sure to coordinate with us so we can ensure your mailing meets every postal standard.

Delivery standards have also become a lot clearer with size once again the governing factor:

  • Neighbourhood Mail under 200 grams will be delivered within 3 business days
  • Neighbourhood Mail between 200 and 300 grams will be delivered within 4 business days
  • Neighbourhood Mail between 300 and 500 grams will be delivered within 9 business days

These numbers are the time once the material has arrived at the correct postal station, so you will have to allow for transportation time if your campaign falls outside of the Victoria core.

Aristos has solutions for all Neighbourhood Mail campaigns from the hundreds to the hundreds of thousands. Call us today to help your next mail campaign succeed!

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Take advantage of Canada Post’s discount rate soon!

As Fall begins, thoughts inevitably turn to the rapidly approaching end of 2017. Canada Post has been offering an incredible discount of 25% on Personalized Mail to clients who haven’t used their services in the last 12 months, but this offer may not return in 2018.

Connect directly with your customers and promote your product, service, or event for an incredibly low price. Call us now to take advantage of big savings!

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Stamp Prices Unchanged for 2017 but…

Canada Post’s yearly price changes happened on Monday, January 16; while most prices have changed some, like the price of postage stamps, have remained the same. Check out the updated price sheets on our Postal Rates page. Here are a few of the changes:

  • Neighbourhood Mail rates for overweight items are unchanged. Regular weight items have increased by just 0.2¢ per piece.
  • Personalized Mail has increased by 1.0¢ for most categories but you can still save up to 60.8% over the cost of a postage stamp on a standard size piece.
  • Publications Mail postage has increased by either 1.0 or 2.0¢ depending on the service type.

As always we are ready to help you with your mailing needs. Call us today and get your 2017 marketing campaign off to the right start!

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It was 20 years ago today…

Not exactly today, but it was the fall of 1996 when Jamie Genge joined Aristos Mail. Since then he’s done everything around here and is the face of the business when I’m not around. Thanks for the help through the years.

Steve

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New Postal Indicia

Canada Post has rolled out new Postal Indicia artwork for their Personalized Mail service. The new artwork reflects the new name (this was formerly known as Addressed Admail) and includes a 2D barcode.

The new artwork won’t be mandatory until March 2017, so you have a lot of time to use any existing stock you may have with the old artwork.

Please feel free to contact us if you want new Personalized Mail Indicia artwork with your specific customer number – we will be happy to make it for you!

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Happy New Year from Aristos!

The new year is upon us and we are gearing up for another exciting year of direct marketing! Here’s what’s new and coming up in 2016:

Canada Post rates change on Monday, January 11 – check out the updated price sheets on our Postal Rates page. Just as a reminder:

  • Neighbourhood Mail (formerly Unaddressed Admail) rates have not increased.
  • Personalized Mail (formerly Addressed Admail) can save you 54% over the cost of a postage stamp on a standard size piece.
  • Publications Mail now has a machineable option to save you even more on postage when designed appropriately. Call us to take advantage!

Canada Post has rebranded their Direct Mail services under the new Smartmail Marketing banner, including the Expert Partner Program. You may have seen the new logo below in our emails and elsewhere on our website.

As always we are ready to help you with your mailing needs. Call us today and get your 2016 marketing campaign off to the right start!

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