USPS: PRC approves temporary price increases

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved the temporary price increases for commercial domestic parcel products that USPS proposed last month. Retail prices for parcel products are unaffected. The planned commercial price increases for Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service (FCPS) and Commercial Parcel Select will take effect Oct. 18 at 12 a.m….

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USPS: Some versions of dual-use boxes to be eliminated soon

Beginning Sept. 1, the Postal Service will no longer offer dual-use Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail boxes 1 and 2. The boxes were created to allow customers the option to mail packages using either Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail. The boxes also allowed customers to reduce the space needed to store packaging at…

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USPS requests commercial parcel rate increases

USPS has notified the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) it plans to temporarily increase prices for commercial domestic parcel products, starting Oct. 18. Retail prices for parcel products are unaffected. The planned commercial price increases for Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service (FCPS) and Commercial Parcel Select will take effect Oct. 18 at 12…

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USPS: How to properly process Premium Forwarding Service Commercial mail

The Postal Service is reminding employees about specific procedures for processing Premium Forwarding Service Commercial (PFSC) mail. PFSC is a useful option for businesses that have changed locations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The service allows businesses to temporarily forward mail in bulk on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to a new domestic business…

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USPS OIG: Express or Bust

You get what you pay for with Priority Mail Express, the U.S. Postal Service’s fastest mail product. It’s not cheap, but it comes with a money-back guarantee should USPS fall short of the promised one- or two-day delivery. The nationwide service performance goal for Priority Mail Express is 96.85 percent on time. However, it’s falling…

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USPS: Do you know a flat-sized mailpiece when you see one?

The Postal Service wants to clear up a few misunderstandings about flat-sized mailpieces. Here’s what you should know: • First things first: Know how to recognize flat-sized mailpieces. The Domestic Mail Manual has all the information you need, especially chapters 101 and 201. Generally speaking, flat-sized mailpieces are no more than 15 inches long, no…

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USPS: Priority Mail Express label redesigned

The Postal Service has redesigned the Priority Mail Express label to ensure delivery accuracy. The new, single-ply label 11-B/11-F was introduced in July. It replaces the current, three-ply Priority Mail Express label 11-B/11-F. The redesigned label is expected to eliminate delivery challenges that result when the bottom copy is illegible because senders fail to press…

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Priority Mail Express 1-day shipment refunds explained

Many mailers turned to Priority Mail Express 1-day shipping this holiday season. Employees may remind customers that they will not qualify for refunds if USPS attempted to deliver any Priority Mail Express 1-day package mailed between Dec. 22, and Dec. 25, 2015, within two business days. USPS competitors use similar refund policies during the holidays. …

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