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NEWS
January 4, 1997 | From Associated Press
The post office seems likely to take the first steps this year toward raising stamp prices. There's been no announcement. Indeed, Postmaster General Marvin T. Runyon Jr. said last month that the agency's 1996 profit "reinforces our commitment that there will be no general rate increase at least through 1997." On the face of it, that was good news for mailers.
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BUSINESS
January 3, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
United Parcel Service said higher labor and fuel costs are causing it to raise by about 3.9% its rates on overnight, second-day and three-day domestic air service for both businesses and residential customers. Increases for ground shipments will average 3.4% for business and 4.3% for residential customers. Foreign shipments from the U.S. will increase between 2.6% and 4.9%. The closely held Atlanta-based shipping company isn't alone in raising rates.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1996 | From Associated Press
It's a sign that summer's gone and Christmas is on the way: Catalogs are spilling out of mailboxes. Consumers may not detect anything different--mail-order merchants start bombarding customers in early fall--but more catalogs travel the mail now, a sign the industry is recovering from problems of the past two years. In 1995, catalog companies were hit by a double whammy: an increase in postal rates and a surge in paper prices. Merchants mailed fewer catalogs and made fewer sales.
NEWS
October 8, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
No price increase for mail is planned for the next year, the head of the U.S. Postal Service said. The last increase, to 32 cents from 29 cents for a domestic letter, was the only hike for four years and was less than the rate of inflation for the period, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He said that the Postal Service had recorded several profitable years and expected another one.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not too long ago, Larry Pasternack was a typical American business owner with a typical attitude about the post office: He hated it. Now the Irvine electronics manufacturer is leading cheers for the U.S. Postal Service, but he's not shy about his onetime distaste for the operation. "You were treated like a nuisance when you went in with a question or a problem," he said. Pasternack does all of his selling by direct mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget the days of "neither rain nor snow" admiration. Like Rodney Dangerfield, postal carriers today get no respect; they are kicked around in countless jokes by late-night talk show hosts and maligned by that popular new slang term for homicidal madness, "going postal." But in the San Fernando Valley, mail carriers have been praised lately as the most punctual in the state, and second-most punctual in the nation.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1996 | PAUL H. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Get ready to receive more junk mail, if a Postal Rate Commission decision takes effect. The independent commission approved a plan Friday that would reduce postal costs for direct mail advertisers and others who presort their materials. The move, which must be approved by the Postal Service board of governors, would encourage firms to automate their mailings. "Any cuts in rates will increase [mail] usage," said Jack Habif, plant manager for U.S.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1995 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tough times haven't yet forced Miles Kimball Co. to drop the rotary nose hair clippers from its 60-year-old mail order catalogue. But the company has made other changes. It has slashed by 16% the number of pages in its holiday catalogue, featuring the clippers and other favorites such as the musical Merry Christmas baseball cap. And the Oshkosh, Wis.-based company is mailing out 10% fewer catalogues than in 1994.
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