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GlobalPost Introduces USPS Canada DDP Service to Help Avoid Delays and Returns

September 25th, 2020 Comments off

GlobalPost is excited to announce the launch of USPS Canada Delivered Duties Paid (DDP) service for Stamps.com shipping customers.

USPS Canada DDP allows customers to prepay duties and taxes for their First Class Package International Service parcels to Canada. For a flat fee of $6.95, packages of 4 lbs. or less will be delivered directly to the buyer’s door without having to pay required customs fees upon delivery, or having to travel to the Customs Office to pick up their package.

GlobalPost’s USPS Canada DDP service offers online retailers these great benefits:

Better Customer Experience: With sellers paying DDP, the buyer receives a smooth and easy delivery experience.

Decreased Returns: Shipments that arrive with duties owed face a high rate of refusal, or abandonment, as unhappy consumers refuse to pay the additional costs. When customers refuse a package, the seller typically has to pay the return shipping fees to get the package back.

Increased Sales Conversion: DDP is designed to help online retailers improve their shopping cart conversion rate for Canadian orders. Without DDP, customers are left guessing their total fees and end up abandoning their cart.

Eliminates $9.95 Surcharge: If Canadian duties and taxes are assessed by customs and DDP was not included, Canada Post collects the fees upon delivery, plus an additional $9.95 surcharge.  That extra surcharge could end up being a large percentage of the overall product cost, cutting further into the seller’s margin.

How GlobalPost’s USPS Canada DDP service works:

It’s easy. When preparing a First Class Package International Service label to Canada in Stamps.com, open the Duties/Taxes drop down menu and select “Prepay Duties and Taxes.” That’s all there is to it.

Note: If you are using Stamps.com Software for your PC, you must upgrade to the latest version of the software to use Canada DDP.  Download now.

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USPS Removes 8 Countries from Suspension List

September 23rd, 2020 Comments off

The USPS has resumed services to eight countries that were previously suspended. Normal mail services have once again resumed to The Bahamas, Butan, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa.

As of September 23, 2020, 37 counties remain on the USPS Suspension list. For more information visit the Stamps.com Coronavirus Shipping Page.

Additionally, the USPS has received updates from two international postal carriers regarding their response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Canada: Canada Post has announced that the delivery procedure changes previously announced remain in effect. Additionally, Canada Post has restored the 15-day limit for customers to retrieve their parcels after receiving a card with instructions. Mail items will be returned to sender if they are not collected within 15 days.

El Salvador: Correos de El Salvador has advised that the closure of El Salvador International Airport has had a direct impact on inbound and outbound mail items. As a result, the processing and delivery of mail is subject to delays.

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GlobalPost Upgrades Standard International Shipping Service

September 1st, 2020 Comments off

Now ship up to 70 lbs. with door-to-door tracking to over 200 countries.

GlobalPost has always been a great choice for affordable, hassle-free international shipping. We’ve recently made a number of improvements to the service while maintaining our existing pricing.  Now you can use GlobalPost Standard for even more of your shipments to even more countries!

GlobalPost Standard Service Now Offers:

• Increased weight limit from 4.4 lbs. to up to 70 lbs.

• Expanded door-to-door tracking capabilities from 36 countries to over 200 countries.

What is GlobalPost?

The GlobalPost delivery network leverages partnerships with international postal operators as well as commercial carriers to offer worldwide delivery. GlobalPost services reach over 200 countries and territories and includes features not found in traditional international postal services.

There’s never been a better time to choose GlobalPost for your international parcel shipping.

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Amazon Accelerate Starts September 1

August 25th, 2020 Comments off

Amazon’s latest virtual conference, Amazon Accelerate, is scheduled for Sept. 1-3 from 9:00 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. Pacific. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with other online retailers and storeowners to learn about how they can adapt to a post-pandemic economy.

What to Expect From the Amazon Accelerate Event

So what’s happening with Amazon Accelerate? Prominent e-commerce experts will be holding speeches, followed by 70 sessions for both new and current sellers to take part in.

New sellers can learn about how to set up shop on Amazon, create attractive product listings, mark up competitive prices, and use the Amazon fulfillment network.

Established sellers will gain a better understanding of the best practices in the industry. Some of these include partnering with sponsors to boost their brand outreach, expanding their product lines overseas, and implementing a brand strategy into their sales funnel. Additionally, sellers will have the option to ask the pros some important questions about running an Amazon store during their FAQ session.

Why Amazon Sellers and E-Commerce Merchants Should Attend

As one of the largest events dedicated to selling on Amazon, it will teach you the tried-and-true methods for growing your business, from promoting your products to navigating a changing market environment. Moreover, there will be key speakers covering topics like branding, consumer trust, customer support, and even Amazon’s outlook on their internal operations.

Amazon Accelerate is the perfect place for you to connect with other merchants. With over 60 sessions, their seminars are sure to touch upon a wide range of topics. It’s also going to have interactive panels, lightning talks, and breakout lessons. 

To get ready for this upcoming event, reserve a spot before Aug. 31 to watch the live session. As an Amazon seller, you can take advantage of these helpful workshops and webinars for small-business owners.

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USPS Proposes Holiday Shipping Rate Increase Starting Oct. 18

August 17th, 2020 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a temporary, holiday shipping rate increase to start on Sunday, October 18, 2020 and end on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the proposed USPS holiday rate increase will impact five specific mail classes for shippers using Commercial Base pricing – Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First Class Package Service, Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service. There will be no holiday rate increase for customers who purchase postage at the Post Office (retail).

The USPS has stated the temporary price increases are due to higher expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic and increased demand in holiday e-commerce activity.

Listed below are the proposed 2020 USPS holiday rate increases for customers buying postage online:

Priority Mail Express – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
1$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
2$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
3$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
4$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
5$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50

Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 4.4%, with some cells going as high as 6.59% (0.5 lb., zone 1/2).  Lower weights under 4 lbs. traveling to zones 1-4 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $39.55 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $38.05 currently.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rates (Commercial Base)

MailpieceProposedCurrentIncrease
Flat Rate Envelope$24.25$22.75$1.50
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$24.45$22.95$1.50
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$24.75$23.25$1.50

All three options (regular, legal and padded) of Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes are increasing by $1.50 per shipment in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020).

Priority Mail – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
1$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
2$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
3$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
4$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Priority Mail will see an average increase of 4.2%, with some cells going as high as 5.70% (1 lb., zone 1/2). Lower weights under 3 lbs. traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage.  A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.82 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $8.42 currently.

Priority Mail Regional Rate – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Box TypeZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
A$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
B$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Priority Mail Regional Rate prices are increasing by $0.40 per shipment. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A will cost $12.50 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $12.10 currently.

Priority Mail Flat Rate- 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

MailpieceProposedCurrentIncrease
Flat Rate Envelope$7.55$7.15$0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.85$7.45$0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$8.15$7.75$0.40
Small Flat Rate Box$8.05$7.65$0.40
Medium Flat Rate Box$13.60$13.20$0.40
Large Flat Rate Box$18.70$18.30$0.40
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box$17.20$18.00$0.40

All Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes (regular, legal and padded) and boxes (small, medium and large) are increasing by $0.40 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020).

First Class Package Service – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Mailpiece WeightZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 ounce$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
2 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
3 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
4 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
5 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
6 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
7 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
8 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
9 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
10 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
11 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
12 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
13 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
14 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
15 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
15.999 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25

First Class Package Service will see an average increase of 7.0%, with some cells going as high as 9.12% (one ounce, zone 1/2). Lower weights under 4 ounces traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 15.999 ounce. package going to Zone 8 using First Class Package Service will cost $5.95 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $5.70 currently.

Parcel Select Ground – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
2$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
3$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
4$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
6$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
7$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
8$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
9$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
10$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Parcel Select Ground will see an average increase of 3.0%, with some cells going as high as 5.78% (1 lb., zone 1/2). Lower weights under 5 lbs. traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Parcel Select Ground will cost $8.52 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $8.12 currently.

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