5 Ways USPS is Staying Competitive
Jan07

5 Ways USPS is Staying Competitive

The U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) obligations as an independent agency of the United States Federal Government has often put it at a disadvantage when competing against companies like FedEx and UPS. It developed a reputation as the more costly and way slower option for package delivery. In recent years, though, USPS has found innovative ways to remain competitive against its private rivals. 1. Keeping Prices Low to Attract Online...

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ShipWorks to Support New USPS Automated Package Verification Program

Update: This article has been edited to reflect the new launch date of August 15 for the Automated Package Verification program. Effective August 15, 2017, the USPS will be starting a new program called the Automated Package Verification program to handling underpaid and overpaid packages being delivered to U.S. addresses.  This program only applies to packages and does not apply to envelopes or flats. Under the new Automated Package...

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Holiday calendar makes shipping easier
Nov03

Holiday calendar makes shipping easier

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – holiday shipping season! Holiday sales are expected to increase by 3.6 percent, to $655.8 billion, this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending survey. With that kind of money on the table, ecommerce businesses need to make sure they’ve fully prepared for a busy couple of months. We’ve created a handy Holiday Shipping Calendar, which includes important...

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USPS Service and Price Changes Go Into Effect Aug. 28
Aug11

USPS Service and Price Changes Go Into Effect Aug. 28

The United States Postal Service® plans to implement a trio of changes to its products and services on Aug. 28, 2016. Here are the details about what’s changing.

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2016 USPS Rate Changes
Jan19

2016 USPS Rate Changes

The new USPS postage rates became effective on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  Below are some highlights on this rates change: – First Class Package rates had an average increase of 12.8%. – Priority Mail rates had an average increase of 9.4%. – Priority Mail Express rates had an average increase of 15.6%. – Parcel Select Non-Presort is now called Parcel Select Ground. – Priority Mail Regional Rate Box...

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The USPS Half Penny Increase in ShipWorks
Jun01

The USPS Half Penny Increase in ShipWorks

The USPS has increased its first class, 1 oz. metered mail rate by a half-cent. These envelopes now cost $0.485. Yep, that’s 48 ½ ₵.  The walk-in retail rate of a first class envelope is still $0.49, which is good because really, who keeps half-pennies in their wallet? The cost per additional ounce for both metered and retail is $0.22. I use First Class Mail envelopes. What do I need to do? If you process First Class Mail envelopes...

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