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No Increase to USPS Postage Rates in January 2015

December 16th, 2014 Comments off

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USPS Will Not Increase Postage Rates in January 2015
Great news mailers and shippers! The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently announced there will be no changes to mailing and shipping rates in January 2015. This means the cost to send a one ounce First Class Letter will remain $0.49 ($0.48 if you print postage online and receive the metered mail rate) in January 2015. And there will be no increase in prices for shipping services which includes Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First Class Package Service, Media Mail and Parcel Select.

For e-commerce shippers, no annual rate increase coupled with the recent shipping rate reductions that occurred in September 2014 make Priority Mail the perfect shipping product to lower costs in 2015.

UPS and FedEx to Increase Rates by Average of 4.9% in 2015
In October, UPS announced they were increasing rates by 4.9% on average (effective December 29, 2014). And FedEx announced they were increase rates by an average of 4.9% on standard list rates effective January 5, 2015. Both UPS Ground and FedEx Ground/Home Delivery will also be incorporating DIM pricing in 2015, which is expected to increase rates.

USPS Rates Could Be Adjusted Later in 2015
While USPS postage rates are not increasing in January 2015, there could still be an increase – or even a decrease – sometime later in 2015. In January 2014, the USPS applied for an “Exigent Price Increase” due to significant USPS losses that occurred during The Great Recession. This Exigent Price Increase allowed the USPS to increase rates higher than rate of inflation in order to recover the approximate $2.8 billion lost. Once the exigent/higher rates recovers the $2.8 billion total, expected to be in early fall of 2015, the USPS could then make additional rate adjustments.

Stay up to date on the USPS postage rate increase here.

Forbes Magazine Names Stamps.com One of America’s Best Small Companies

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

logo_forbesWe’re excited to announce that Stamps.com has been named to Forbes magazine’s “100 Best Small Companies in America” list for 2014. Stamps.com is ranked #38 on this prestigious list of 100 companies.

This is the second consecutive year Stamps.com has been included on the Forbes’ list.

Forbes’ annual list of the 100 best small companies in America highlights organizations with the strongest growth amongst all industries. Candidates must be publicly traded for at least a year, generate annual revenue between $5 million and $1 billion and have a minimum stock price of $5 a share. The rankings are based on three factors: earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years.

For Forbes’ complete list of 2014 “Best Small Companies in America,” please visit http://www.forbes.com/best-small-companies/list/

Stamps.com Named to “2014 Best Places to Work in LA” List

December 1st, 2014 Comments off

Stamps.com has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal‘s 8th annual “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” list. The annual list – which recognizes and honors top employers who benefit the county’s economy, workforce and businesses – is predominantly based on actual employee surveys from companies throughout greater Los Angeles.blog_best-places-to-work-in-la_350x393

Medium-Sized Company Category
Appearing in the medium-sized company (50-249 employees) category, Stamps.com was acknowledged for hosting company-wide gatherings designed to bring employees together and reward them for their high performance throughout the year. Some of those events include:

  • Week-long employee celebration event, which recognizes outstanding work by its Customer Support Team
  • Inventor patent bonuses
  • Educational reimbursement
  • Monthly celebrations including karaoke events, wine and beer parties
  • Plus much more

Stamps.com is Hiring!
Stamps.com is always on the lookout for creative thinkers and results-oriented individuals who are interested in working for a fast-paced and fun organization. The company is currently hiring for a number of different positions, which are listed on our careers page, http://www.stamps.com/company-info/careers/

For more information about the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” program, visit http://www.BestPlacestoWorkLA.com.

2014 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

November 24th, 2014 Comments off

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How can you be sure your packages will be delivered by December 25th? Easy! Just meet the shipping deadlines of the U.S. Postal Service. Check out the mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic, international, and APO/FPO/DPO military addresses below.

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Free! USPS Military Mail Guide

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

Sending packages via Military Mail can be tricky, especially when it comes to addressing the shipping label, determining whether or not to include customs forms and also understanding what you can and cannot send to military personnel. Learn how to ship packages to Military Mail APO/FPO/DPO addresses with the USPS.
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Stamps.com has released a NEW USPS Military Mail GuideThe FREE downloadable PDF includes information on:

  • How to address a shipping label for an APO/FPO/DPO package.
  • How Military Mail is processed and if you need to include Customs Forms for your packages.
  • What to do in case your Military Mail package goes missing.
  • Estimated Delivery Times by Destination and Mail Class.
  • Restricted products and specific shipping tips for APO/FPO/DPO packages.
  • and much more!

DOWNLOAD THE FREE GUIDE NOW!

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