Canada Post Service and Price Changes for 2016

We have updated our Postal Rates page with links to the new rates effective January 11, 2016. Some highlights include:

  • Name changes! Addressed Admail is now Personalized Mail and Unaddressed Mail is now Neighbourhood Mail. The names better reflect the intent and possibilities of the services.
  • Publications Mail has joined the Machineable revolution! If your publication meets Machineable standards, your postage costs will actually be reduced next year with rates starting at 46 cents.
  • Neighbourhood Mail is not increasing! Rates will stay the same for 2016 as Canada Post’s holiday gift for your advertising budget.
  • A commitment to cutting red tape! Canada Post has been working behind the scenes with Expert Partners including us across Canada to streamline their rules and regulations. Design documents across all categories are being simplified on an ongoing basis to make your campaigns easier to design and implement.

The holiday rush has begun in our shop and spaces are being booked up. Call us today to plan your holiday mailing, get ready for 2016, or just to chat – we’d love to hear from you!

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New Unaddressed Admail Volume Discounts

Canada Post has reorganised their Venture One program and change the name to Solutions for Small Business. As part of this new program, a new discount structure has been added for Unaddressed Admail.

Canada Post will now track your volumes on a quarterly basis, and automatically apply increasing discounts when you pass certain thresholds. You don’t need to do anything but send out Unaddressed Admail to benefit. You even start with a 5% discount just for being a customer! Even better, once you’ve reached a higher discount level it will be locked in for 12 months.

These discounts make being a Small Business customer much more attractive, and represent a great savings without needing to commit to the large yearly volumes of a contract rate.

Here is how it breaks down for a standard size Unaddressed piece:

Single Piece Rate        15.8¢
5% Discount                 15.0¢            0 to 35,000 pieces in a 12 month period
10% Discount               14.2¢            35,001 to 60,000 pieces in a 12 month period
15% Discount               13.4¢            More than 60,000 pieces in a 12 month period

All you need to access these savings is a Canada Post account number. If you don’t already have one, call us today at 250-384-7678 and, as an Expert Partner with Canada Post, we can get you one in 5 minutes.

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What has happened to postage prices?

On January 12, 2015 Canada Post implemented their annual price changes. This year, similar to last year, prices have stayed the same, gone up, and gone down!

The pricing structure has been simplified this year so we should be able to give more accurate quotes on postage.

If you are buying a single stamp for a letter weighing under 30 grams the price is $1.00. If you buy a packet of stamps the price is 85¢ each. Both of these prices are exactly the same as 2014. Paying by postal indicia or by postage meter is now 77¢ – still a significant savings!

Addressed Admail (promotional) mailing pieces have increased but still represent savings of 41.6% up to 73.2% when compared to Lettermail.

Unaddressed Admail has increased 2.6% but we can help you access additional savings.

Publication Mail, Business Reply Mail, and International Incentive Letterpost rates have all increased.

As always give us a call before you design your mailing campaign so that we can assist you in making sure it is the most cost effective and complies with the various Canada Post rules.

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Happy Holidays from Aristos!

As we wind down towards the holidays all of us here at Aristos would like to wish you health and happiness throughout the festive season and a joyous New Year.

We are on reduced hours but will be available December 24 until noon, all day on December 30, and December 31 until noon. Regular office hours will resume on January 5.

Big changes are coming in the New Year for Canada Post as they continue to streamline services to make Direct Mail faster and easier. When the rules and rates change on January 12, your direct mail rate could be less than it was in 2014! Give us a call and we can make sure you get the most value for your advertising dollar with a mailing that gets seen, gets opened, and helps drive customers and donors to your business.

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New Postage Rates for 2015

We have updated our Postal Rates page to include links to the new rates from Canada Post effective January 12, 2015. As always, feel free to call or email us if you have any questions about your mail.

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Canada Post is getting faster!

It’s true! On August 18, Canada Post is updating their delivery standards for Publications Mail and Addressed Admail. They are also updating the transportation time for Unaddressed Admail.

With the new standards, your mail should travel across Canada to major centres up to 6 business days faster than before, while maintaining the same quick local delivery.

You’ll be able to plan your advertising campaigns and newsletters better by having a clearer idea of when your piece will hit mailboxes.

Also, don’t forget that we are nearing the end of summer! If you are planning your back to school mailing, give us a call with any questions or just to book yourself in before the rush!

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Machineable Mail Standards Updated

New changes are in place for Machineable Mail for Standard Size pieces as of July 9, 2014.

Canada Post have their new equipment installed at all processing plants across the country, with Vancouver having opened this spring. The effect has been to relax the requirement for envelope and mail piece design.

There will now be fewer mandatory requirements and a new set of best practices for optimal processing, including:

  • fewer restrictions on where you can place graphics on the mail piece
  • less room reserved for the postage meter impression or indicia
  • a larger area for the destination address
  • more font choices for the destination address

As usual we are keeping up with all of the changes. Call us at 250-384-POST (7678) to help you with your mail piece design.

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Aristos Mail Tech is Growing!

We are proud to announce that Aristos Mail Tech Inc. acquired Northleaf Solutions in May. Northleaf are North Island direct mail specialists and we are eager to continue their great work and fantastic service moving forward. We have consolidated operations at our Victoria plant.

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Lettermail (First Class) Postage Rates Increase Significantly

Today (March 31, 2014) Canada Post costs for Lettermail are increasing. In addition tiered pricing has been introduced. This means how you pay for postage now makes a difference to the price.

The changes affect rates to Canada, US, and International destinations. We will use as an example a standard envelope that weighs less than 30 grams sent to Canadian addresses.

1. If you purchase a single stamp the price will be $1.00
2. If you purchase a book or coil of Permanent (“P”) stamps the price will be 85¢
3. If you pay by postage meter impression or postal indicia the price will be 75¢

After the announcement of the increase Canada Post introduced temporary postal discounts for 2014. If you have a Venture One card you will be eligible for reduced pricing on bulk stamp purchases. Until December 31, 2014 when you buy 3 or more coils of 100 Permanent (“P”) stamps you will save 5% on your purchase. If you own a postage meter there will be a 5% discount on the first $5000 in postage that you spend between now and December 31, 2014. There is no information at present on how this will be credited back to meter owners.

In general all of the other Lettermail prices have gone up but there are just two categories of pricing: one if you put a stamp on the envelope and the other, cheaper alternative of metering the mail or using a postal indicia. We’ve posted links to the new price sheets at http://aristosmail.com/postal-rates.

To offset these increasses Canada Post has relaxed some of the rules allowing access to cheaper postage rates (see our blog post from March 26, 2014). We can help you access postage as low as 40¢.

These changes do not affect Addressed Admail, Unaddressed Admail, or Publications Mail as their price adjustments took place in January. When compared to Lettermail they are now even more of a cost savings!

If you want to save time/money when dealing with the post office give us a call and put our nearly 25 years of experience to use.

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New Canada Post Volume Requirements = Cheaper Postage

As of March 31, 2014 Canada Post will reduce the minimum volume requirements for both Incentive Lettermail and Addressed Admail.

Lettermail is material that cannot be mailed at promotional rates, such as statements and invoices. In the past volumes of over 5,000 pieces were required to access lower postage rates. The new threshold will be 1,000 pieces and the price will be 70¢ – 17.6% less than the new single piece rate (85¢).

Addressed Admail is promotional material such as sale notices or fundraising. The threshold for this type of mail is being reduced from 1,000 pieces to just 500. This will help small businesses and charities reduce their postage costs from 49.4% up to 62.5% compared to the new single piece rate.

The only “catch” is that both of these types of mail will have to meet Canada Post Machineable standards. This means the piece will have to be designed so that the address is clearly recognizable by a machine for best processing. If the machine doesn’t read an address, a surcharge may apply – but you’ll never pay more than the regular single piece rate.

We can help you navigate the new rules and prices that come into effect March 31, 2014. Please call us and see how we can help ensure you pay the lowest postage possible on your outbound mail.

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