Self-Mailer postal regulations set to change on January 5, 2013

Come on! What good is another set of changes? Well, the USPS says this will reduce damage to your mail (and stop their sorting equipment from jamming). So, here is what you need to know. First, the definition of a self-mailer: It’s a folded piece that is letter-sized, isn’t mailed in an envelope and doesn’t have a binding. If it has staples in the fold, it is a defined as a booklet, not a self-mailer, and booklets aren’t affected by these changes. Now, the new regulations document is long and complicated. But, the majority of you only need to know the following: Final folds on the top will no longer be allowed. Self-mailers that now only need one tab on the top will need two. Quarter-fold self-mailers will need to be at least 70# book (=28# bond). No tabs will be allowed on the bottom. Tri-fold and quarter-fold flyers and newsletters will need two tabs next year, not just one. The final folded panel creates the non-address side of the mail piec