USPS: Automated Parcel Drops ease shipping, returns

The Postal Service is testing new equipment in some retail lobbies to make it easier for customers to drop off packages for shipment. The Automated Parcel Drop (APD) is a self-service machine that allows customers to mail pre-paid parcels and merchandise return parcels. Customers scan the package’s pre-paid label barcode at the APD, deposit the…

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USPS reports second-quarter financial results

The Postal Service has reported its financial results for fiscal 2017’s second quarter (Jan. 1-March 31, 2017). Here are some highlights: • Controllable income. USPS posted controllable income of $12 million for the second quarter, below the $576 million it posted during the same quarter last year. Controllable income describes net income (or loss) that…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: Have You Ever Used an Approved Shipper?

Project Title: Approved Shipper Pricing and Customer Service Start Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: April 2016 The Approved Shippers Program is one of several Postal Service programs intended to extend the reach of shipping and mailing services so customers can mail letters or ship packages from alternate locations near where they…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: How Can the Postal Service Control the Costs of Delivering Growing Package Volume?

The U.S. Postal Service expects its shipping and packages volume to grow 13.1 percent, to 4.5 billion pieces in 2015. The Postal Service welcomes the increased package volume and continues to test different strategies for delivering more packages. However, there are challenges that could increase delivery costs. Our review will assess the Southern Area’s package…

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FedEx Hike in Ground Rates Could Boost Business for U.S. Postal Service

FedEx Corp.’s recent decision to incorporate package size in the pricing of its ground service will result in a significant boost in shipping costs – but it could also open up competitive opportunities for the U.S. Postal Service. FedEx surprised shippers and industry observers with the announcement that it will adopt dimensional weight pricing for…

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Consumer Reports: Postal Service was cheapest option

ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, suggests ways to shop smarter: Ship it for less. ShopSmart compared shipping a 6-pound medium-sized box from New York to San Francisco using FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service. It checked standard and express delivery times. The cheapest option: the Postal…

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Google and Amazon will be your next mailmen

Bloomberg opinion – By Kirsten Salyer In the online-shopping world of endless options, seamless search and easy e-payments, the delivery of the item to your door remains the one tangible part of a virtual experience. It’s an important step, that last mile, when a few clicks materialize into that latest iPhone or new dresser or box…

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Postal insurance doesn’t guarantee a paid damage claim

LAVEEN, AZ (CBS5) – A Laveen man says the post office damaged his shipment and won’t honor his insurance claim. The reason comes down to how the item was packed. It seems reasonable to think that if a USPS employee is going to sell you insurance on your item, they would also tell you if…

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