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BEB POSTAL RATES DECREASING APRIIL 2016The USPS & PRC (Postal Regulatory Commission) have started preparation for the end of the exigent surcharge that’s been in place since January 2014.  The surcharge removal is projected to end in early April, but that date is only a forecast at this point, as it’s based solely on when the full amount authorized to be derived from the surcharge ($4.63 billion) will be collected.

For obvious reasons, the PRC is interested in ensuring that the correct date is set for the end of the surcharge and, accordingly, had directed the Postal Service to provide biweekly updates on the amount collected beginning in the postal quarter when the end of the surcharge was anticipated. Also, the agency must give 45 days’ notice of the end of the surcharge.

In its February 14 report, the USPS explained that it had collected an estimated $4.347 billion, including $827.1 million so far in FY 2016.   For the 750 days that the surcharge had been in effect through February 14, the USPS averaged about $5.796 million per day in additional revenue. At that rate the total should take just over 799 days to collect, or until about April 3, 2016.   As the PRC has noted, the USPS is entitled to collect only the amount the commission authorized, and there’s no process for refunding any excess collected from ratepayers, so the need to be as precise as possible in setting the end date is clear.  In the meantime, the surcharge revenue continues to accumulate, mailers look forward to lower rates in April, and the Postal Service worries how it will replace the 4.3% of revenue.



Faces to the Names – Year in Review

THE BUREAU BANNEROur award winning newsletter, The Bureau mails out this week!  Check out the digital version below:

Kathy Hall Joins BEB

Kathy Hall joins BEB-Business Extension Bureau

Join us in welcoming Kathy Hall to our BEB Team.  Kathy is a business development manager specializing in multi-channel marketing for Houston and national markets. Kathy built a career within the Unites States Postal Service and brings 30-years of industry experience.  Her rise through the USPS included serving as a Mailing Solutions Specialist and Senior Sales Executive-HQ | Houston Division . Well versed in the connection between direct mail and digital platforms, Kathy’s expertise in marketing is an exciting addition to our business.  She earned her degree in management from Rice University and serves as a volunteer for several faith based charities and industry organizations.  Check out her profile on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook and connect!


And the Winner Is

Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP)

BEB was awarded the AVA Digital Award for outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Our first place winning entry was for the use of QR Codes in our annual company interactive calendars.

The competition received over 2,500 entries from across the globe. The AVA Digital Awards is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). This international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, advertising and free-lance professionals.


This annual regional print competition recognizes the finest printed materials produced by leading printers and designers in this region. We competed with over 300 participants representing over 40 companies in the Houston area. BEB is thrilled to have received three (3) honors:

Award of Merit BEB 2015 Interactive Calendars
Award of Excellence Enroll Gulf Coast Postcard – The City of Houston
Best of Direct Mail Enroll Gulf Coast Postcard – The City of Houston

The Helsley Lifetime Achievement Award
Epicomm Southwest

Epicomm-Southwest presented its lifetime achievement honor, The Helsley Family Award, to our Joy ZeVector yellow metal golden on bronze plaque with curve on the wooden backgroundhrbach, BEB Vice President.

The presentation was made at the association’s 2015 annual convention in April. Since its inception in 1971, this award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a long history of significant and outstanding achievement in the marketing service provider industry. It can only be won once, and past recipients select each new winner.  Zehrbach is the third member of BEB to be honored with the award. Ron Royall, President and CEO was given the distinguished honor last year, and his father, Robert “Bob” Royall, founder of BEB-Texas, was presented with the award in 2001.

Winner of Distinction
Houston Better Business bureau
2015-05-13 Houston BBB Awards for Excellence Winner of Distinction
This honor is in recognition of a company’s commitment to quality in the workplace and superior service to the community and businesses served. Less than .2% of companies in the Houston area are honored with this prestigious award! Judges base their decision on 10 factors surrounding each business which include changes within an industry and how the company has adapted to those changes, how the organization stays on top of the latest processes, technology and trends, and how the business has contributed to the betterment of their industry.

BEB is delighted to have been selected as a Houston BBB Winner of Distinction.

Passing of a Pioneer

2015-11-30 Bob Announcement3It is with great sadness that we share that Robert “Bob” Royall, founder and president emeritus of BEB-Business Extension Bureau, passed away at age 87 on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

“The entire BEB family is deeply saddened by the loss of a pioneer in direct mail marketing,” BOB AND ANNsaid Ron Royall, his son and CEO. “Dad’s vision and passion for his business and staff were unwavering over the 66 years Business Extension Bureau has been operating. His legacy will live on, even as we mourn.”
Bob was hired by San Francisco-based BEB in 1952 to run the sales department in Houston. He was 23 years old and fresh out of business school at the University of North Texas. In 1959, he bought the business with partner James Tardy.
As majority stockholder, Bob served as chief executive officer of Business Extension Bureau, and most recently, its president emeritus.

BOB RON AND RO 2012-12As the company continued to grow and evolve, two of Bob’s three sons, Ron Royall and Ro Royall, assumed leadership roles in the organization. Ron is now president and CEO and Ro serves as executive vice president.

Bob was also one of the founders of MASA-SW (the leading industry trade association known as Epicomm-SW today), serving on the board of directors and as president in 1972.
Bob was also active with the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast, the Houston Rotary Club and many other industry and community outreach organizations. He also received the prestigious Helsley Award for Lifetime Achievement within the direct marketing industry in 2001.
Always passionate about his love for the industry, we often referred to BEB as Bob’s fourthBob in front of beb logo son.  Bob continued to come to the office every day after assuming the role of president emeritus in 2004 and remained actively involved in the expansion of products and services.
Bob’s legacy will shine on and contribute to the continued growth of Business Extension Bureau in the future. The entire organization mourns the loss of this great leader and wonderful human being.

Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann; sons Rob, Ron, and Ro; daughter-in-law Sharon Royall and four grandchildren.

Visitation is from Noon-2:00pm to be followed by burial on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at George Lewis Funeral Home located at 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Berachah Church 2815 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to R.B. Thieme, Jr. Bible Ministries and/or the American Heart Association.

Obituary and Service Informaion

TEAM BEB RUNS in Hou Jingle Bell Run

2015-11 TEAM BEB JINGLE BELL RUN LOGOFor the first time, Business Extension Bureau has enrolled a team to participate in the 2015 Houston Jingle Bell Run benefiting the YMCA of Greater Houston on December 13, 2015.  Join us in cheering us on for the 5K Family Fun Run.  We’ll post more details soon!