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Regional Rate Boxes & APO/FPO Customs Forms Now Available

July 13th, 2011

Stamps.com is pleased to announce the launch of Version 8.9 — a free upgrade for Stamps.com customers! Here are some of the key new features included:

#1 Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes
Stamps.com now has  the ability to print shipping labels for Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A and Box B. Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes are a great way for package shippers to lower their costs.  While the name implies short distances, Regional Rate Boxes are actually a great bargain for shipping packages nationwide.

Pricing for Regional Rate Boxes is “zone-based”  – the actual shipping cost will depend on the distance the package is traveling from its origin to the delivery address.   The USPS has established eight total shipping zones throughout the U.S.


Stamps.com automatically determines the correct zone-based pricing for your package.   Once the delivery address is inputted and the Regional Rate Box option has been selected, the software will provide the appropriate Priority Mail postage cost  for Regional Rate Box A or Box B.

#2 APO/FPO Customs Form Support
Stamps.com now offers the ability to electronically complete and print U.S. Customs Forms when printing postage for all applicable military addresses (APO/FPO) and U.S. Territories.


This process is completely automated — once a military or U.S. Territory address has been inputted into the address field, Stamps.com will automatically detect the APO/FPO address and will provide a Customs Form to complete in the Stamps.com interface. Note: This form only supports Priority Mail at this time for APO/FPO addresses.  Also, the “Plain Paper (letter) – 2976A – 3 sheets per label” must be chosen as the Printed On source for the Customs Form to print correctly.

#3 Avery 5160 and Avery 5164 Labels Support
Stamps.com now supports the ability to print postage onto Avery 5160 and 5164 labels. These are the two most popular labels Avery sells and small businesses will now be able to easily print postage for envelopes.

Using the “Envelopes” tab in the navigation, Customers can now print postage on one label and delivery address on a separate Avery 5160 label using their regular ink jet or laser printer.


Avery 5160 Label

For the Avery 5164 label, customers will be able to print postage and delivery address on one single label using their regular ink-jet or laser printer.


Avery 5164 Label

#4 Customized Promo Message in Shipment Notification Emails
Stamps.com now gives customers the ability to customize a default promo message in your shipment notification emails.   The promo text can be used for up-selling or cross-selling your products and will be highlighted with a blue background in the footer of your shipment notification email.  Ideas for promo messages include back-to-school promotions, product closeouts or your company special events.

To update your promo message, go to “My Account” and click on “Ship Notification Email.”


Important! You must download Version 8.9 in order to use these great new features.   Download Version 8.9 today at http://www.stamps.com/download/ – it’s free for existing customers!

  1. stampscomblog
    July 21st, 2011 at 16:31 | #1

    No plans for postage only on the Avery 5160 label, but I’ll submit a request to our Dev team for you.


  2. Sonya_Vail
    July 21st, 2011 at 09:20 | #2

    Will there ever be an option to just print postage on the 5160 labels… JUST postage… not the combo option of postage AND address.  That would be AWESOME!!  We have SOOO many of the 5160 labels but never really use them as address mailings, would be awesome to put them to use as JUST postage!

  3. stampscomblog
    July 18th, 2011 at 13:50 | #3

    Hi TheBargainShack, You should be OK with your version. We normally wait 3 weeks or so to alert our customer base about that new versions. That way if any big issue comes up that we were not aware of, we can fix it before the bulk of our customers start using the software.


  4. The Bargain Shack
    July 16th, 2011 at 19:25 | #4

    I downloaded version 8.9 with Regional Rate support back on June 18th.  Why are you just now declaring that the Regional Rate feature is available?  Are there bugs that you’ve fixed since then?  Should I download it again?

  5. stampscomblog
    July 15th, 2011 at 06:49 | #5

    Hi HelpNeeded,

    There should be no problems on the download page at http://www.stamps.com/download

    Please call Stamps.com tech support at 1-888-434-0055 to troubleshoot.

  6. stampscomblog
    July 15th, 2011 at 06:47 | #6

    Hi Windos 53,

    Look in the envelope tab – then for “Label – Avery 1×2 5/8 – 30 per page” on the Printing on tab.


  7. July 15th, 2011 at 06:14 | #7

    Ive Upgraded & see the 5164 But Not the 5160 Label Where is That

  8. helpneeded
    July 14th, 2011 at 18:05 | #8

    Sounds great – I’ve been trying to download for two days, and my system hangs.  When will the problems on your side be solved?

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