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  • January 2014 USPS Rate Change Update – Version 14.0.1

    Introduction

    This update loads the latest USPS cost rates and service definitions. This update is primarily focused on these carrier rate changes, so other new changes are limited. These are itemized in the section Other Program Changes near the end of this document.

    Rate Change Effective Dates – When Should I Load This Update?

    USPS rates change on Sunday, January 26, 2014. We recommend loading this update well prior to that date.

    Table Of Contents

    Rate Change Effective Dates – When Should I Load This Update? ...................................................................................................... 1 Stamps, Books, Rolls Of Stamps, & Similar Inventory Items ................................................................................................................ 2 First Class Postage Stamps – Keypunching Specific Pricing ................................................................................................................. 2 Standard Post – New Mailing Limitations To Zones 1-4 ...................................................................................................................... 3 SECTION 1: RATE CHANGE METHODS ................................................................................................................................................. 4 Pricing Options – Accept Suggested Or Manage Your Own ................................................................................................................ 4 Accept Suggested Retail Pricing .......................................................................................................................................................... 4 Calculate Retail Pricing Using Your Existing Saved Formulas .............................................................................................................. 6 Rate Training Videos – Help System .................................................................................................................................................... 6 SECTION 2: RATE CHARTS .................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Carrier Changes – 2014 ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Carrier Changes – USPS ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Carrier Changes – Lone Star .............................................................................................................................................................. 12 Carrier Changes – SpeeDee ............................................................................................................................................................... 13 SECTION 3: OTHER CHANGES ............................................................................................................................................................ 14 UPS Worldship 2014 .......................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Endicia DAZzle Updates ..................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Windows XP Retirement .................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Other Program Changes .................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Manual Download Steps For the January 2014 USPS Rate Change Update ...................................................................................... 15

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    Stamps, Books, Rolls Of Stamps, & Similar Inventory Items

    When you load this update, you will receive the new 2013 carrier rates for USPS shipments rated via the Shipping Screen. This update will NOT automatically change your pricing for inventory items such as stamps. You need to review these and manually make any price changes as needed, using the normal processes for any inventory item change.

    First Class Postage Stamps – Keypunching Specific Pricing

    Many folks want a very specific price for Stamps and light first class postage. This is best accomplished via the Keypunch method of setting retail pricing Keypunching is easy. If you want to charge .55 cents for 1 ounce of first class postage, you open the rate table and type a price of .55 cents. Specific steps on how to do this are contained in a video in our Help system.

     Click HELP | ReSource Help

     Click Videos in the Table Of Contents

     Click Rates-Keypunch in the list View the video. Even if your computer does not have sound enabled, you will be able to see how fast and easy it is to specific a price.

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    Standard Post – New Mailing Limitations To Zones 1-4

    New USPS regulations restrict the items that can be sent Standard Post to Zones 1-4. Only items which cannot be sent via Priority mail are allowed to use Standard Post to Zones 1-4. These are the zones closest to your store location. Examples of items that must be shipped via Standard Post include mailable hazardous materials and live animals. All other, ex. regular items or merchandise, to Zones 1-4 should use Priority Mail. The prices for Standard Mail are identical to Priority mail for Zones 1-4. This exclusion does not apply to Zones 5-9. Any mailable item may use Standard Post to those further zones. The prices for Standard Post are less than Priority Mail for those zones. When selecting Standard Post for a shipment to Zones 1-4, you will see the following screen. Select the applicable choice from the list and click Continue. The default will be to not ship Standard Post for this shipment. Switching to Priority Mail (same cost) will be the default choice.

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    SECTION 1: RATE CHANGE METHODS

    When you load this update, you will receive the new 2014 carrier rates for USPS. Choose a method of calculating new retail prices and then perform those steps. Calculating new retail pricing is not automatic.

    Pricing Options – Accept Suggested Or Manage Your Own

    Suggested pricing for 2014 is loaded via the Retail Rate utility. When the update process finishes, you will see the following screen This screen gives you the option whether to run the Retail Rate Utility after the update completes. If you wish to accept suggested retail pricing, leave the dot/check mark on Launch the retail rate utility. The Retail Rate Utility will open the first time you open ReSource. Follow the steps shown in Accept Retail Pricing If you wish to calculate your own pricing, click the dot at Just finish the update… Then follow the other rate calculation steps shown in these instructions. For folks wishing to recalculate retails using formulas that they already have saved in the system, use the steps shown in Calculate Retail Pricing Using Your Saved Formulas

    Accept Suggested Retail Pricing

    When you run the update, you will be presented with the option to run the Retail Rate Utility immediately. If you choose this option, the Retail Rate Utility will open for you automatically the first time you open ReSource (allowing you to skip steps 1-4).

    1. At the POS screen, click on File, Exit to exit the program. 2. Close ReSource on all other machines. 3. On your Server, click on Windows START. 4. Click Programs, ReSource, and then click on Retail Rate. 5. Follow on screen instruction to install your organization’s Suggested Retail pricing.

    a. Retain Existing = I do not want to change my pricing at all, even though my costs are higher.

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    b. Use Organization Suggested: Select this option to load 2014 suggested retail pricing. If you want all suggested rates, use the button as shown:

    c. Formulas: To have your formulas match the new organization retails, you must click Replace Existing Formulas with Current Organization Formulas. This is the recommended choice unless you have your own saved formulas.

    6. You will be prompted to Compile your rates. Answer YES.

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    Calculate Retail Pricing Using Your Existing Saved Formulas

    Read carefully the details on rates that are changing/increasing and supporting information included the Carrier Changes section of this document.

    1. On your Server machine. At the POS screen, click on File, Program Setup, Rating Setup 2. Click on the Rating button 3. Select Class Rates button and OK. 4. At the Menu Bar, click on File, Quick Rate Update, Calculate All 5. Answer the Base Retail on Discounts question by clicking Yes or No, depending on your pricing

    strategies. 6. New Retail Rates will be calculated using the existing formulas and the cost base selected. This will

    take several moments. 7. You will be prompted to Compile your rates. Answer YES. 8. At the Menu Bar, click File, Exit.

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