USPS Announces Changes to Certain Rates and Services

August 24th, 2016 Comments off

279384_Postage-Rate-change_blogIf you haven’t already done so, mark your calendar for August 28, 2016, which is when the United States Postal Service® is implementing a handful of changes.  If you have questions, we have answers.

First-Class Mail Parcel Retail Rates Are Rising

What’s changing?

The Retail (Post Office) rate for First-Class Mail® Parcel packages weighing 1-3 ounces is increasing from $2.45 to $2.62.

Note:  Commercial Base rates are not changing and will continue to start at $2.60 for First-Class Mail® Parcel packages.

What’s the new rate going to be for Stamps.com customers?

With this price change, Stamps.com customers will pay the Commercial Base rate of $2.60 for packages weighing 1-3 ounces.  This online price is 2 cents cheaper than the retail rate of $2.62.

USPS changed First-Class Package Service rates back in January, creating a unique situation at the time where the Retail rate for First-Class Package Service ($2.45) was actually lower than the Commercial Base (discounted online) pricing ($2.60) for packages weighing 1-3 ounces.  Stamps.com automatically gave customers the lower Retail rate ($2.45) when this happened.

What do I need to do to get the updated rates?

There’s no action needed for Stamps.com customers.  We will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and the Stamps.com Online web-based version.  You will see the new rates automatically.

Other changes starting August 28:

Priority Mail Express International service to Cuba will be available for Flat Rate Envelopes up to 4 pounds and parcels up to 22 pounds. Currently, Cuba receives First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service® and Priority Mail International® items from the Postal Service.  Learn how to use Stamps.com to ship to Cuba.

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes will move to the air parcel stream with access to tracking and insurance. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Boxes, which will still be limited to a maximum weight of 4 pounds, will now also be required to carry a PS Form 2976-A Customs Form.

Free Guide: Understanding the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase

May 27th, 2015 Comments off

The USPS is implementing the 2015 Postage Rate Increase on Sunday, May 31st.  Check out Stamps.com’s 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide to understand what the changes are and how your mailing and shipping processes may be impacted.

The FREE downloadable PDF Guide includes details on the USPS rate changes for each mail class – both domestic and international – and special USPS services.  Additionally, the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide provides tips and recommendations on when each mail class should be used along with a comprehensive Q&A to help with commonly asked questions around the 2015 USPS Postage Rate Increase.

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The guide is free and can be downloaded at: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2015-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf.

Free Guide: Understanding the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The USPS is introducing new rates and services this Sunday, January 26, 2014.  To ensure a smooth transition for you and your business, Stamps.com has created the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide.

A free, downloadable PDF designed to help you understand all the USPS changes, the Guide contains detailed rate information for each USPS mail class – both domestic and international – and includes tips and recommendations to help small businesses lower their postage costs.  The guide also contains a comprehensive Q&A section to help with commonly asked questions around the 2014 USPS Postage Rate Increase.

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The guide is free and can be downloaded at: http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2014-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf

 

2014 FedEx Ground & UPS Ground Rates Increase by 7% for Packages Up to 10 lbs

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

With a new year comes new rates and products from the top shipping carriers.

UPS Ground® announced an average rate increase (starting December 30, 2013) of 4.9%. FedEx® Ground/Home Delivery announced an average rate increase (starting January 6, 2014) of 3.9%.

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Note: Since UPS Ground and FedEx Ground/Home Delivery rates (up to 50 lbs.) are identical in 2014, the annual rate increase percentage is the same for both carriers.

But the devil is in the details as UPS and FexEx publish their annual rate increase using an average rate between 1 lb. and 150 lbs.  While the rate increase in higher weights (example: 100 – 150 lbs.) are below the average, the annual rate increase in the more frequently shipped weights of 1 to 10 lbs. are often much higher than the average — for 2014 they will be 7.52% in the 1-5 lbs. range and 7.06% in the 6-10 lbs. range.

In comparison, the U.S. Postal Service has reduced their overall average rate for Priority Mail by 0.87% in the 1 to 5 lbs. range and by 2.22% in the 6-10 lbs. range.  These new lower Priority Mail rates will start Sunday, January 26, 2014.

As with every annual rate increase, it’s always a good idea to review your shipping program and look for opportunities to lower costs.  With improved package tracking and no fuel surcharges or fees for residential delivery, the USPS is a great option to include in your shipping program for 2014.

Rate Sources:
FedEx 2014 Service Guide – http://www.fedex.com/us/service-guide/our-services/pdf/
UPS 2014 Daily List Rates – http://rates.ups.com/
USPS 2014 Shipping Services Prices – http://pe.usps.com/Shipping_Svcs_Jan_2014.xls

Calculation Method:
For all three shipping carriers, we calculated the difference between the 2013 and 2014 overall shipping rates for the different weight groups (up to 50 lbs.) across shipping zones (1-8).  To determine the shipping rate increase percentages for the different weight groups, we divided each difference by the corresponding 2013 overall shipping rate.  For this comparison, UPS Ground daily rates, FedEx Home Delivery Standard List rates and USPS Priority Mail Commercial Base rates were used.  The shipping rate percentage increase calculation does not incorporate the shipping rates for USPS Zone 9, which will be introduced on January 26, 2014 for U.S. territories.

Free: 2013 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide

January 28th, 2013 Comments off
Stamps.com has released the “2013 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide” to help small business owners understand the postage rate increase that went into effect on January 27, 2013.
The FREE guide contains detailed information on postage rates for each USPS mail class, including special services.
The USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide provides:
– Description of the 2013 rate increases by USPS mail class
– Introduces new USPS services for 2013
– Includes links to USPS mail class rate charts
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The guide is free and can be downloaded at:
http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2013-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf

Stamps.com has released the “2013 USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide” to help small business owners understand the postage rate increase that went into effect on January 27, 2013.

The FREE guide contains 15 pages of detailed information on postage rates for each USPS mail class, including special services.

The USPS Postage Rate Increase Guide provides:

  • Description of the 2013 rate increases for each USPS mail class
  • Introduces new USPS services for 2013 including Standard Post and First Class Package International Service
  • Includes links to USPS mail class rate charts

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The guide is free and can be downloaded at:

http://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/2013-usps-postage-rate-increase-guide.pdf

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