What you need to know about discounted military USPS shipping

November 4th, 2016 Comments off

SDC Blog Military Mail Discount1Here’s something to keep in mind as we approach the busy holiday season—did you know you can receive a $2 discount off the flat rate of a Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box? As a Stamps.com customer you already receive the discounted Commercial Base rate of $16.35 for the Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (it costs $16.75 at the Post Office) if you use a barcoded shipping label. You can get an even deeper discount when shipping to military (APO/FPO/DPO) addresses! This discount can be activated whether you’re sending mail to a military post, a U.S. Navy vessel, or a U.S. embassy.  

How does it work?
In the Stamps.com software, enter an APO address in the domestic packages section.  If it’s a valid APO/FPO/DPO address, this will automatically activate the Priority Mail Military Large Flat Rate Box discount and you’ll see the price drop to $14.35!

Selecting the right label
Please note: you only have the ability to receive the discount on barcoded shipping labels. This means that you should use printing supplies in the Packages section like the Standard 4 x 6 Plain Paper option, the SDC-1200 label, a Generic 4 x 6 Shipping Label, or the Narrow 2 x 7 ½ Shipping Label.

The APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box  
If you’re sending mail at this discounted rate, you can use the specialized Priority Mail APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box, which features an “America Supports You” logo and APO/FPO addressing block, can be ordered for free from the Stamps.com Online Store.

Additional resources
If you are shipping to military addresses during the holidays, you’ll want to take a look at these USPS shipping cutoffs. Need some tips on how to format an APO/FPO/DPO address? You can also download our FREE USPS Military Mail Guide for more helpful pointers. This guide provides step-by-step details on how to ship a package to a military address.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

October 7th, 2016 Comments off

Stamps.com Blog USPS Holiday Shipping DeadlinesStamps.com wishes you a prosperous holiday shipping season! A big part of being prepared for this busy time of year is knowing the dates you need to ship in order for packages to arrive on time for the holidays. The United States Postal Service sets holiday shipping cutoff dates for its various mail classes, which we’ve put together in convenient charts so you can plan—and ship—accordingly.

Stamps.com Blog Shipping Deadlines Charts

Cut Costs with 50 Ship Saver Boxes

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

Stamps_Blog_50ShipSaverThe holiday season is quickly approaching! We know you’ll want to maximize profit and protection for your shipments. Stamps.com’s 50 Ship Boxes can help!

What are they?

These boxes are designed to fit within USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate® Envelopes and Legal Flat Rate Envelope and are the only USPS®-approved boxes you can use with these Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes. They are made of heavy-gauge corrugated cardboard, providing increased protection for a minimum of bulk.

How does it work?

First, place the item you’re shipping into a 50 Ship Box. We offer six varieties, so you can use these boxes to ship a wide range of items.

Next, slip the box into a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope and seal it. You’ll pay a Flat Rate Envelope price for shipping a box—how cool is that?  As a Stamps.com customer, your mailpiece will receive the Commercial Base rate of $5.75 for Flat Rate Envelope and Legal Flat Rate Envelopes (the retail rate is $6.45).

Also, you’ll have built-in USPS Insurance for $50 and receive a tracking number. By clicking on “USPS Pickup” on the left side of your Stamps.com account screen, you’ll also have the ability to schedule a free USPS Pickup.

Selections and varieties 

We offer a great variety of shapes and sizes to fit various mailing and shipping needs.

There are two primary 50 Ship Box types:

50 Ship Legal Saver Boxes are available in three sizes, all designed to fit within a USPS Legal Flat Rate Envelope:

– Legal-sized Short (11″ x 6 3/8″ x 2″)
– Legal-sized Medium (10 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)
– Legal-sized Tall (9 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 3 1/4″)

50 Ship Letter Saver Boxes are also available in three sizes, all of which are all designed to fit within a USPS letter-sized flat rate envelope:

– Letter-sized Short (8 3/4″ x 6 1/8″ x 2 1/4″)
– Letter-sized Medium (8″ x 5 5/8″ x 2 1/2″)
– Letter-sized Tall (7 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 3 1/4″) 

The Variety Pack

Not sure what box sizes you’ll need? We offer the 50 Ship Variety Pack, which contains four boxes each of all six sizes for a total of 24 boxes, so you will have 12 boxes for Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes and 12 boxes for Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelopes.

Something to keep in mind: since the legal flat rate envelope is larger, all six 50 Ship box types will fit into the legal envelope. However, only 50 Ship Letter Saver Boxes fit in the letter-sized Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes since that one is smaller.

Ordering 50 Ship Boxes 

Ordering 50 Ship Boxes is easy! Just log in to your Stamps.com account and click on “Online Store,” which will pull up our complete catalog. Select the “Shipping Supplies” tab and click on “Boxes.”  Look for the 50 Ship Letter Saver Boxes, 50 Ship Legal Saver Boxes, and 50 Ship Variety Pack options.

If you need to order Priority Mail envelopes, look for the category called “Free USPS Supplies.”

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USPS now offering Priority Mail Flat Rate Precious Cargo Boxes

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Blog_SDC_Precious CargoThe United States Postal Service recently introduced new Priority Mail Flat Rate Precious Cargo BoxesTM to its lineup of shipping materials. Here’s what you need to know.

What are they?

These new Flat Rate boxes, fitted with polyethylene foam dots and inserts, are designed to give customers a more secure way to ship valuable items like smartphones and laptops. Three types of boxes are available:

Precious Cargo Table

It’s worth noting that these new boxes can’t be used for damaged or defective recalled devices unless specifically approved by USPS.

How much do they cost?

Customers using these new boxes will be charged Priority Mail Flat Rate postage, but will also be charged an additional cost for the boxes. The small box costs $6.99, the medium box costs $12.99 and the large box costs $15.99.

Where do I get them?

A pilot test for these boxes began Sept. 1 and will last approximately six months, according to a recent Postal Bulletin article. During the pilot, boxes can only be purchased through the Postal Store.

Redirect Shipments with USPS Package Intercept

September 16th, 2016 Comments off

Uh oh!  You’ve shipped out your merchandise to a customer, but you’ve received notice that it went to an incorrect address.

The good news is that you might be able to redirect or intercept the package if it has entered the mailstream but hasn’t been delivered yet thanks to the USPS® Package Intercept process.

Package Intercept options vary depending on whether you are a retail customer visiting the Post Office™ or commercial mailer with a permit linked to the postage payment known as the Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS).

Package Intercept Options 

If you’re a retail customer shipping from the Post Office, Package Intercept requests can be made to redirect the mailpiece back to the sender.

If you are a commercial mailer, you have a couple of more options:

1. You can reroute the mailpiece to a new, alternate address.

2. You can redirect it to the sender.

3. You can redirect the mailpiece to a Post Office for Hold For Pickup.

What You Need to Know 

Some things to keep in mind:

1. Only domestic packages can be intercepted. Package Intercept is not available for international packages, APO/FPO/DPO destinations or for anything requiring a customs form.

2. No guarantee is available for Package Intercept. If the USPS is not able to intercept your package, unfortunately a refund for the service won’t be available.

3. All domestic mail classes are eligible for Package Intercept except Standard Mail and periodicals with a tracking or Extra Service barcode.

Paying for Package Intercept

Currently, the fee for Package Intercept is $12.55 per piece.

However, if you are a commercial mailer, you do have the option of adding extra USPS Special Services (such as Insurance or Signature Confirmation), so additional fees may apply. If you want to redirect the parcel to a new recipient, additional postage costs may apply.

Learn how to redirect a shipment using USPS Package Intercept here.

Need further information? Check out our USPS Package Intercept page.

Call us toll-free at 1-888-434-0055, Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 6 PM Pacific Time.