Stamps.com Automatically Updated with New 2017 USPS Rates

January 23rd, 2017 Comments off

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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 Stamps.com? The good news is, you’re all set! All postage printed through Stamps.com will reflect the new 2017 USPS rates. Our mailing and shipping solutions—both the software AND our Stamps.com 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:

 

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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

Stamps.com 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):

DOMESTIC SHIPPING

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

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

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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.

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on January 22, 2017
Once the rates are approved by the PRC, Stamps.com will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, January 22, 2017.  If you are a Stamps.com 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.

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First-Class Mail Parcels (Retail)

Important:  Retail prices are offered by the Post Office only.  Stamps.com 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.

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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%.

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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 Stamps.com Customers

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

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.

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USPS Updates Standards for Shipping Firearms

September 1st, 2016 Comments off

SDC Firearms Blog PostThe United States Postal Service recently revised their rules regarding “Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail.” While most changes were done in order to correct erroneous references and provide greater clarity to existing language, anyone shipping firearms should know that the following language has been added:

“All regulated firearms must be mailed using a USPS product or Extra Service that provides tracking and signature capture at delivery.”

Also worth noting is a change to the requirements for mailing rifles and shotguns (Section 432.3), which now states that these items must include “Signature Confirmation service or insured mail service (for more than $500) requiring a signature at delivery.” That insured mail service amount is up from $200.

While these changes to the firearm requirements are fairly minor, this update serves as a good opportunity to remind shippers about USPS content restrictions.

Here are some resources we think you’ll find helpful:

– USPS to Limit Shipping of Hoverboards—This blog post explains restrictions for shipping “hoverboards,” also known as motorized balance boards. The USPS implemented restrictions due to safety concerns and the risk of fire caused by the lithium batteries used to power hoverboards.

– While on the subject of batteries, this blog post details USPS standards for mailing lithium batteries.

– USPS International Restrictions by Country—Anyone who wants to ship to customers outside of the U.S. will want to take a look.

– Keep up with all USPS News on the Stamps.com blog.

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