USPS Implementing New Automated Package Verification System

July 18th, 2017 Comments off

The USPS is implementing a new system that will change how shortpaid or overpaid mail is charged and handled. Previously, shortpaid pieces used to go through a cumbersome process by which they’d be returned to the sender, treated as dead mail if they had no return address, or delivered to the addressee with a postage due notice.

New Automation Package Verification System to Start August 1

Automation will be changing all of that. Now, postage discrepancies will be detected by a new USPS program called Automated Package Verification (APV). APV will ensure that mail processed through USPS sorting facilities will be fully verified and checked for any errors.  Your mailpiece’s weight, dimensions, package type, and entry ZIP code will all be reviewed by this new state-of-the-art system.

Benefits of APV for Customers

There are a number of benefits to being a customer, such as not having to wait in line at the Post Office, access to useful features such as Hidden Postage, and the ability to send shipment notification emails. The new APV program will align with the efficient processes you already enjoy with our PC Postage product.

Make this new streamlined process work for you. If you’re one of the many customers who sell online, you won’t have to worry about having your customers pay postage due and suffer the embarrassment of poor ecommerce reviews and delayed deliveries. Postage adjustments will be made to your postage balance automatically, ensuring a smoother delivery process for you and your recipients, and a better overall customer experience. If you have overpaid a shipment, you may receive a credit to your postage balance to make up for the extra amount.

Shipping Tips to Avoid Postage Adjustments

Prior to the full USPS release of the APV program, may send courtesy notices to provide examples of your mailpieces that have been detected by the USPS as being shortpaid. These notices offer a great opportunity to make any corrections going forward before APV is fully rolled out!

  • Remember that Large Envelopes/Flats must always be bendable and have an even surface with no protuberances (flaps) or content shifting. A Large Envelope/Flat must have:
  1. Height: a minimum height of 6-1/8″ and a maximum height of 12″
  2.  Length: a minimum length of 11-1/2″ and a maximum length of 15″
  3. Thickness: a minimum thickness is ¼” and the maximum thickness is ¾”.
  • Remember to attach Priority Mail Flat Rate postage only to the appropriate Flat Rate packaging (e.g. Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope rates to Flat Rate Priority Envelopes). Flat Rate packaging is not interchangeable. A Medium Flat Rate Box should not be used with Large Flat Rate postage. Also, do not affix non-Flat Rate Postage to Flat Rate packaging. For further tips, please see:
  • Take the guesswork out of package weights. The Online Store offers a variety of digital scales that meet various mailing and shipping needs.
  • Remember that fractional ounces are always rounded up to the next ounce. For example, if your mailpiece’s weight is 3.2 ounces, enter the weight as 4 ounces in the software.
  • If you’re sending non-Flat Rate mail, you will be asked to enter dimensions for your packages for certain Priority Mail zones. Make sure to measure your mailpiece accurately. For further tips, please see:


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USPS Delivers to Every Address, Every Business in the U.S.

April 14th, 2017 Comments off


Two large candy canes flank the entrance of the North Pole Post Office on Santa Claus Lane, in Alaska’s interior. A mule train carrying mail for the USPS can be spotted in the village of Supai, Arizona, which lies within a branch of the Grand Canyon. Mail boats on the Rogue River bring letters and freight to Agness, Oregon. The list of more than 30,000 Post Office names is an eloquent reminder of how extensive the range of the USPS really is: Caribou, Maine; Culebra, Puerto Rico; CPU Dededo, Guam. The USPS even has a Post Office in Antarctica at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which has its own special postmarks and hand-stamps. Since the mail to the South Pole Station is transported on C-130 Hercules military cargo planes, the mail would be addressed as an FPO (Fleet Post Office), with domestic rates. A little history: the Little America base-camp on the Ross Ice Shelf was the site of the first Post Office on Antarctica, established in 1933.

The USPS represents an important force in uniting us across vast distances and disparate landscapes—and it receives no tax dollars with which to fund its extensive operations.

Making USPS and work for you

The 155 million addresses to which the USPS delivers are at your fingertips with!’s powerful Electronic Address Book allows you to save both domestic and international addresses. You can save Alaskan and Hawaiian addresses into the Electronic Address Book without having to worry about higher rates or extra charges for these locations.

You can also advantage of USPS’s delivery network for locations such as Puerto Rico or Guam. U.S. Territories are considered domestic mail, so you can avoid exorbitant rates for non-contiguous locations, and if you need a customs form, takes the guesswork out of this process. The software will automatically alert you or convert the label into the appropriate Shipping Label/Customs Form when you enter a territorial address. If you’re a seller, your customer base can include buyers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands! The reach of the USPS extends even to independent countries. The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands use USPS domestic mail service.

What’s more, the software will check these addresses against the Address Matching System (AMS). After you enter an address in the delivery address box, and click on Print Sample or Print Postage, will first have your address cleansed and verified.

APO/FPO/DPO addresses and PO Boxes

The USPS closely collaborates with UPS and FedEx, but it is also offers unique support that sets it apart from private carriers. USPS is the only shipping service that delivers to APO/FPO/DPO addresses and PO Boxes. This means that you can send your mailpieces to a buyer who receives all of their mail at a PO Box. We proudly support Military Mail, and with, you can send mail to Army Post Offices (APO), Fleet Post Offices (FPO), and Diplomatic Post Offices (DPO). Like mailpieces going to Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the USPS delivers Military Mail for the same domestic prices as they would for mailpieces going to California or New York. Make the extensive USPS network work for you!

Categories: USPS News Tags: Automatically Updated with New 2017 USPS Rates

January 23rd, 2017 Comments off



New USPS postage rates went into effect Sunday, January 22, 2017. Wondering if there’s anything you need to do to get these updated rates when mailing and shipping with The good news is, you’re all set! All postage printed through will reflect the new 2017 USPS rates. Our mailing and shipping solutions—both the software AND our Online web-based version—are designed to reflect current USPS pricing automatically, which means no service interruptions for you.

Here’s a summary of the 2017 postage rate increase for Commercial Base (online postage) prices by mail class:









Get more info on the 2017 USPS postage rate increase.



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USPS Announces Postage Rate Increase – Starts January 22, 2017

October 21st, 2016 Comments off Blog Postage Rate Increase Shipping 2017It’s that time of the year again!  The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new shipping rates for select mail classes to be implemented on Sunday, January 22, 2017, if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Here are some highlights of the 2017 postage rate increase for Commercial Base pricing (online postage rates):


Priority Mail Express
Overall, prices for Priority Mail Express will increase by 3.4%.  A 0.5 lb package going to Zone 1 with Priority Mail Express will cost $21.18 in 2017 compared to $20.66 currently.PME

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate
All Priority Mail Express Flat Rate products will also see an increase in pricing next year.  The increases vary depending on the type of product.


Priority Mail
Priority Mail will see an average increase of 3.9%.  A 1 lb package going to Zone 1 with Priority Mail will cost $5.95 in 2017 compared to $5.75 currently.


Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes & Envelopes
Postage rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes as well as Envelopes will increase across the board in 2016.


Priority Mail Regional Rate
Postage will increase for most Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes in 2017.  There is no change in postage for a Regional Rate Box A going to Zone 5 and the postage price is actually going down by $0.49 for a Regional Rate Box A being shipped to Zone 8.


First Class Package Service
Overall prices for First Class Package Service rates will increase by 4.1%.  A 1 oz. package being shipped with First Class Package Service will cost $2.61 in 2017 compared to $2.60 currently.


Parcel Select Ground
Parcel Select Ground will increase by 2.7%, but rates for some weight and zone groupings are actually going down.



Global Express Guaranteed
Global Express Guaranteed postage prices will increases across all weights and zones.


Priority Mail Express International
There are NO proposed changes to postage prices for Priority Mail Express International in 2017.

Priority Mail International
There are NO proposed changes to postage prices for Priority Mail International in 2017.

First Class Package International Service
There are NO proposed changes to postage prices for First Class Package International Service in 2017.

USPS Mailing Updates
The USPS has also proposed new pricing for its Mailing Services to the PRC.  If approved by the PRC, these price updates will also go into effect at the same time as the shipping updates, on January 22, 2017. Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on January 22, 2017
Once the rates are approved by the PRC, will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version ( Online) on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  If you are a customer, no additional actions are needed and you will see the new USPS rates automatically.


USPS Announces 2017 Postage Rate Increase for Mailing Services

October 14th, 2016 Comments off

SDC Blog Image USPS New Rates Jan 2017The United States Postal Service (USPS) has proposed new pricing for its Mailing Services to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  If approved by the PRC, these price updates will go into effect in January 2017.

Note:  This proposal DOES NOT include Shipping Services (First Class Package Service, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express).  2017 rates for USPS Shipping Services should be announced soon.

If these rates are approved by the PRC, the new prices will take effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Below is a brief explanation of the proposed changes:

Letters and Postcards

– The rate for First-Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) is increasing from $0.47 to $0.49.
– If using Metered Mail, the rate is decreasing from $0.465 to $0.46, making the Commercial Base (online postage) discount $0.03.
– The rate for First-Class Mail Flats is increasing from $0.94 to $0.98.

Letters and Postcards Table

First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail)

Important:  Retail prices are offered by the Post Office only. customers will receive Commercial Base (Online Postage) prices.

– First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail) will see an overall price increase of 0.624% and the rate for parcels weighing between 0-4 ounces will be the same at $2.67.
– Also, there will be a 1 cent decrease in the additional ounce price for First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail) from $0.19 to $0.18.
– Adult Signature Service will become available for purchase with First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail).  Post Office prices will start at $2.67 for a 1 ounce parcel.


Note:  There are no proposed rate changes for First-Class Mail International.

Media Mail

– Media Mail will see an overall price increase of 1.135%.

Media Mail Table

Other Changes

– Standard Mail (commonly referred to as “junk mail”) will be rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail so as to better align the product name with business owners’ use of the mail class.
– Library Mail will see an overall price increase of 1.135%.
– Special services like Certificate of Mailing, Collect on Delivery, Return Receipt, Registered Mail and Signature Confirmation will also see an increase in 2017.

No Action Needed For Customers will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version ( Online).  If you are a customer, no additional actions are needed and you will see the new reduced USPS rates automatically in January 2017.

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