Nicholas & Partners

Nicholas & Partners A full service Direct Marketing company specializing in direct mail. Nicholas & Partners is a full service direct marketing company that promotes efficient direct marketing programs focusing on return on investment metrics.

Were located in South Jersey serving a select clientele. We look for long term win win scenarios so that our advise is never in conflict with what is the best for our client.

Operating as usual

https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/1009-usps-announces-new-prices-for-2021.htmREMINDER: 2021 POSTAL ...
01/18/2021
U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2021 - Newsroom - About.usps.com

https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/1009-usps-announces-new-prices-for-2021.htm

REMINDER: 2021 POSTAL RATE CHANGES
2021 Postal rate changes will take effect on January 24, 2021. Overall changes show an increase of 1.5 – 1.8%.

Some of the highlights include:

No change in First-Class Mail Forever stamp. It will remain at 55 cents.
Presorted additional ounce price will increase from 15 cents to 20 cents.
Marketing mail (Standard Mail) letters and flats will have slight increases.
Non-profit mail letters and flats will have slight increases.

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

10/15/2020

Running the mail!

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04/22/2020

Nicholas & Partners's cover photo

03/25/2020

If you can't do it face to face, mail it! We're here for you and your direct mail needs. Please reach out if I can help at 609-513-0813 or [email protected]

After 25 years in the biz, Im getting direct emails from the Post Office. Bravo! But wait, its a price increase. I can o...
12/06/2018
Welcome | Postal Explorer

After 25 years in the biz, Im getting direct emails from the Post Office. Bravo! But wait, its a price increase. I can only hope for better service in the new year! #USPS

The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved a Price Change for the Postal Service, designated to go into effect on January 27, 2019. There will be new prices for all products and extra services. On that date, customers will need to use updated Postage Statements reflecting the new prices. If you are using a software vendor, please work with them to update the statements. If your software vendor cannot be ready with updated postage statements on January 27th they must be granted an exception in writing before we can accept your mail. If you are presenting hardcopy statements, these are now available on our Postal Explorer website, https://pe.usps.com.



While changes to prices and Postage Statements are effective January 27, 2019, the PostalOne! system will have a software release 14 days before to enable mailers to begin uploading new Postage Statements for mailings that will drop after the effective date. Plant verified drop shipment mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:



Current Prices – PVDS mailings verified and paid for on or before January 26, 2019, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination facilities through Monday February 11, 2019 when presented using einduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or 8017).
New Prices – PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning January 13, 2019, using the new prices, provided the shipments, when presented using einduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS form 8125 or 8017), are not deposited as destination entry postal facilities before January 27, 2019.


There are some broader changes in pricing for package shippers. First-Class Package Services will move from a weight based to a zone and weight based pricing structure with the January 27, 2019 change. The application of Dimensional weight pricing for all zones for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select has been deferred until June 23, 2019. Additionally, the USPS Dimensional weight divisor will remain at 194; however, on June 23, 2019 this will change to 166.



More in-depth information on the Price Change can be found at our Postal Explorer website -- https://pe.usps.com or at your local Business Mail Entry Unit.



A fact sheet on the changes is available at: https://postalpro.usps.com/Releases/Jan2019Release_Price_Change/fact_sheet.



For a full and complete Price List for the 2019 price change refer to Notice 123 - https://pe.usps.com/resources/PriceChange/January%202019%20-%20Notice123.pdf.



Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for using the United States Postal Service.

I guess Direct Mail isn't so dead? Its all about ROI.
10/15/2018

I guess Direct Mail isn't so dead? Its all about ROI.

02/01/2018
Home

We have updated our website. Less is more. http://nicholasandpartners.com

Direct mail programs often involve a lot of moving parts such as printing, creative design and postal paperwork. We handle the project management, so you don't have to.

Taking a tour with the South Jersey Postal Counsel at the Bellmawr processing facility. All of your mail in South Jersey...
08/19/2016

Taking a tour with the South Jersey Postal Counsel at the Bellmawr processing facility. All of your mail in South Jersey goes here to be processed. It then goes to your local distribution area then onto delivery to your house. First Class mail is about 1-3 days and local standard mail can run similar times if the volume is light.

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04/10/2016

Nicholas & Partners's cover photo

Important information about delivery to Philadelphia during the popes visit. http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/w...
09/12/2015
USPS Service Alerts

Important information about delivery to Philadelphia during the popes visit.

http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm

USPS Service Alerts provide information to consumers, small businesses and business mailers about postal facility service disruptions due to weather-related and other natural disasters or events. Service alerts are done in near real time.

Some information for mailers that have seen some spotty delays in service.
09/11/2015
Have You Been Impacted by Mail Delays? - Satori Software

Some information for mailers that have seen some spotty delays in service.

Since 2012, USPS has been aggressively consolidating postal processing facilities, cutting hours at retail stores and optimizing mail delivery for packages.

The US Postal System lost over 5 Billion last year. Probably not a good idea to cut off your sales staff attempting to g...
04/24/2015

The US Postal System lost over 5 Billion last year. Probably not a good idea to cut off your sales staff attempting to go directly to the consumer.

Here's a great speech from the Post Master General about the post office. http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2...
01/07/2015
Postmaster General addresses National Press Club

Here's a great speech from the Post Master General about the post office.

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_001.htm

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe was the featured speaker at the January 6, 2015 National Press Club Newsmakers news conference in Washington, DC. Speaking to reporters collectively for the last time prior to his retirement, Donahoe praised postal employees for their hard-work and…

Direct Mail Remains One of the Most Effective Marketing Strategies - Satori Software
11/13/2014
Direct Mail Remains One of the Most Effective Marketing Strategies - Satori Software

Direct Mail Remains One of the Most Effective Marketing Strategies - Satori Software

According to research from the Direct Marketing Association, while physical mail advertisements may take more time and care to craft than digital media, mail continues to deliver results beyond its high-tech counterparts, BizCommunity.com reported. For instance, the DMA found direct mail response...

http://www.satorisoftware.com/news/direct-mail-remains-one-effective-marketing-strategies/?st=DirectMarketing&source=New...
11/13/2014
Direct Mail Remains One of the Most Effective Marketing Strategies - Satori Software

http://www.satorisoftware.com/news/direct-mail-remains-one-effective-marketing-strategies/?st=DirectMarketing&source=Newsletter&tag=OTE

According to research from the Direct Marketing Association, while physical mail advertisements may take more time and care to craft than digital media, mail continues to deliver results beyond its high-tech counterparts, BizCommunity.com reported. For instance, the DMA found direct mail response...

10/15/2014

I wanted to quickly share with you the success of our new Propensity selects. The response rates have really been phenomenal.

What makes these selects so great?

1. They are sophisticated models previously available only to Fortune 500 companies. The models are based on real transactional data, media behavior, surveys and more. However, the pricing is very reasonable.

2. They are sooo specific. We have nearly 4,000 propensities to choose from!

Next time you need a list, go ahead and see if there is a propensity you can use. It might surprise you how specific they are. I was sourcing a list for a client recently and found "people in the market for a dishwasher or refrigerator." As you can imagine, with so many propensities, we can now target niche buying markets and improved customer response over lists based solely on demographics.

Feel free to give me a call or email with what you are selling and I would be happy to research what propensities would be a good fit.

Sincerely

Nick 609-513-0813

11/15/2013
Financials

Interesting information about the postal system.

Despite Revenue Growth and Record Productivity, Postal Service Loses
$5 Billion in 2013 Fiscal Year


•Revenue Increase Driven by 8 Percent Growth in Shipping and Packages, 3 Percent Growth in
Standard Mail; First-Class Mail Continues to Decline
• Nearly $1 Billion in Savings Driven by Work Hours Reduction of 12 Million Hours and Optimizing Workforce Flexibility
•Substantial Deficit Liabilities of $61 Billion Exceed Assets by Approximately $40 Billion




WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service ended the 2013 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) with a net loss of $5 billion. This marks the 7th consecutive year in which the Postal Service incurred a net loss, highlighting the need to continue to capitalize on growth opportunities, reduce costs, and enact comprehensive legislation to provide a long-term solution to the agency’s financial challenges.
Even though the Postal Service has implemented a number of strategies that resulted in $15 billion in annual expense reductions since the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed in 2006, the combination of onerous mandates in existing law and continued First-Class Mail volume declines threatens the Postal Service’s financial viability.

“We’ve achieved some excellent results for the year in terms of innovations, revenue gains and cost reductions, but without major legislative changes we cannot overcome the limitations of our inflexible business model,” said Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer. “Congress is moving forward with legislation that has the potential to give us greater flexibility and put us back on a firm financial footing, and we strongly encourage that they continue moving forward.”

The legislative requirements put forward by the Postal Service, as outlined in the Five-Year Business Plan, include:

• Restructure the Postal Service health care plan.
• Refund Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) overpayment and lower future FERS payment amounts to those required.
• Adjust delivery frequency to six-day packages/five-day mail.
• Streamline the governance model (eliminate duplicative oversight).
• Provide authority to expand products and services.
• Require defined contribution retirement system for future Postal Service employees.
• Require arbitrators to consider the financial condition of the Postal Service.
• Reform Workers’ Compensation.

Results of Operations
Highlights of yearly results compared to the same period last year include:
• Total mail volume was 158.4 billion pieces compared to 159.8 billion pieces a year ago. Package and Standard Mail volumes grew by 210 million pieces and 1.4 billion pieces, respectively, while the most profitable product, First-Class Mail, fell by 2.8 billion pieces, led by single-piece volume decline.

• Operating revenue, excluding a $1.3 billion non-cash change in an accounting estimate, was $66 billion compared to $65.2 billion in 2012. While this is the first growth in revenue since 2008, declining First-Class Mail revenue continues to negatively impact financial results.

• Operating expenses were $72.1 billion in 2013 compared to $81 billion in 2012. Approximately $8.2 billion of this decrease resulted from higher, legally mandated retiree health care benefit expenses and higher non-cash Workers’ Compensation expense in 2012. Expenses in 2013 include a required $5.6 billion contribution to retiree health care benefits that the Postal Service was unable to make. Continued lack of legislation will likely force the Postal Service to continue to default on these payments. Savings from plant consolidations, restructuring hours at Post Offices, reductions in delivery units, and workforce optimization resulted in approximately $1 billion of savings in 2013.

• The net loss for the year, which was decreased by a $1.3 billion non-cash change in estimate, was $5 billion. However, this change in accounting estimate has no impact on the Postal Service’s receipt of cash, or cash on hand, nor does it lessen the severity of its current liquidity situation. For more information regarding the non-cash adjustment, refer to the Form 10-K, available online.

The Postal Service continues to grow its Package Services business. From fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, revenue from Package Services increased by $923 million, or 8 percent, on a volume increase of 210 million pieces (6 percent). By developing innovative services to appeal to the growing parcel delivery market, Shipping and Package Services grew to $12.5 billion, representing approximately 19 percent of revenues. Standard Mail revenue grew by $487 million, or 3 percent, on a volume increase of 1.8 percent.
The growth in revenue from these products is not enough to offset the long-term loss in revenue and volume of our most profitable service, First-Class Mail. First-Class Mail revenue, which peaked in 2007, dropped $704 million or 2.4 percent in 2013. First-Class Mail volume declined 2.8 billion pieces or 4.1 percent.


“Our productivity reached an all-time high in 2013, increasing 1.9 percent, compared to 2012,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “This marks our fourth consecutive year of positive total factor productivity growth since the depths of the recession in 2009.”

Work hours in 2013 decreased by 12 million or 1.1 percent, despite an increase of approximately 774,000 delivery points during 2013.

“The reduction in work hours and the optimization of work force flexibility that we have available to us contributed to a savings of nearly $1 billion in compensation and benefits costs,” said Corbett, “a reflection of our efforts to improve productivity and to respond to the decline in mail volume.” Since 2000, the Postal Service has reduced work hours by a cumulative total of 516 million work hours, equivalent to 293,000 employees, or $22 billion in annual expense savings.”

At the end of the 2012 fiscal year, the Postal Service reached its statutory debt ceiling of $15 billion for the first time, and it remains at the limit at the end of the 2013 fiscal year. “Our liquidity continues to be dangerously low and our liabilities exceed our assets by approximately $40 billion,” said Corbett. “This underscores the need for Congress to pass legislation that improves our financial position and that gives the Postal Service a more flexible business model to improve its cash flow. Despite reaching the debt limit, Postal Service mail operations and delivery continue as usual and employees and suppliers continue to be paid on time.”

Complete financial results are available in the Form 10-K, available after 11 a.m. ET today at http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/financials/welcome.htm


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A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fifth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

View or download financial reports and related information.

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1401 N Main Steet
Pleasantville, NJ
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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Who wants to buy a car? I just wanted to mention this great new select we introduced on our Velocity Auto Data. It's called "Currently in the Market for a Vehicle", and it rates a prospect's readiness to purchase. What makes it such an interesting select is that part of the compilation process is based on actual visits to auto dealerships within the last 90 days. This means your clients can target hot prospects who are visiting the sales lots of multiple auto dealerships without paying for the high cost of a trigger lead.
Audience Propensities Fundamentally changing the way you purchase data ... Propensities really allow you to target your audience. Review this spreadsheet of propensities here. https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/AFL9JuO81n
Some information about response rates for Mail, Email and Social as well.
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