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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Stamps.com Waives Monthly Service Fees for Senior Citizens Aged 65+ During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16th, 2020 Comments off

Stamps.com has launched a new program to provide its online mailing and shipping software to all U.S. senior citizens aged 65 and over without its customary monthly service fee (typically $17.99) during the current COVID-19 crisis.  The company hopes that senior citizens in regions all over the country will benefit from this program allowing them to safely mail and ship all of their letters and packages without leaving their own homes. 

With many counties and states across the U.S. issuing stay-at-home orders to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, citizens are unable to visit their local Post Offices or other retail locations to handle common mailing and shipping needs.  Using the Stamps.com online postage software, customers are able to print postage for any USPS letter or package, domestic or international, using only their computer and any ordinary printer.  Stamps.com customers may then place the mailpiece or package in their mailbox, schedule a convenient package pickup at their own home, or simply leave it for their mail carrier to pick up for free at a safe social distance. 

To sign up for the Stamps.com Helps Seniors program, please visit https://www.stamps.com/seniors/

Stamps.com Helps Seniors Program Detailed Information

· The Stamps.com Helps Seniors program waives all monthly Stamps.com subscription fees, which are typically $17.99 per month, during the COVID-19 crisis

· The program will go through at least July 31, 2020, and may be extended longer depending on the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic at that time

· When the Stamps.com Helps Seniors program ends, no monthly service fees will be charged unless a customer takes further action to register for an account with a monthly service fee

· Customers will be asked to verify their age after sign up 

· Accounts are for personal use only, not for business usage

· Customer must pay for actual USPS postage or UPS costs, and any relevant supplies they may need

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Update on Coronavirus from the CEO of Stamps.com

March 13th, 2020 Comments off

To all of our customers,

We have spent the last several months learning more than we ever imagined about this novel coronavirus that has been named COVID-19.  We have been monitoring the rapid spread of this virus and the resulting sudden impact it is now having on the global economy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have already been affected by this crisis, and we hope that all of our customers and partners and all of their families, friends and colleagues stay as safe as they possibly can as this crisis unfolds.

Stamps.com and its family of companies began planning for an approach to this situation several weeks ago. Our plan first and foremost focused on the health and well-being of our employees, vendors, partners, and our communities. We have now begun implementing the first steps of that plan which includes having our employees work remotely as much as possible in order to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission of this virus in our workplaces around the globe. 

We are very adept as an organization and we are extraordinarily well prepared for this type of situation.  As we shift to this remote working employee model, Stamps.com management does not expect any changes to the service and support that we provide to you.

We are here to help guide you and your company through this crisis. We will keep you up-to-date on the latest news including any interruption of service from our portfolio of mailing and shipping carriers around the world.  In addition, we will share the latest information on the many safety precautions our carriers are taking to keep their drivers, vehicles and packages safe for you and your customers.

Please visit the following page for the latest updates:  https://blog.stamps.com/coronavirus-update/

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-888-434-0055 or at [email protected].  And above all else, stay safe and take care of yourself, your family and your friends.

Sincerely,

Ken McBride

CEO

Stamps.com, Inc.

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Priority Mail Express International Service Guarantee Suspended to China and Hong Kong

February 10th, 2020 Comments off

Update 3/19/20: Hong Kong Post has announced that inbound and outbound mail service has returned to normal. As of this update, the USPS has not reinstated the Priority Mail Express International Service Guarantee.

Starting Monday, February 10, 2020, the USPS has temporarily suspended the Priority Mail Express International service guarantee for letters and packages sent to China and Hong Kong. Due to widespread disruptions of air cargo and trucking delivery into China and Hong Kong caused by the coronavirus crisis, the temporary suspension will last until further notice from the USPS.

When in effect, the Priority Mail Express International service guarantee provides date-certain delivery with a money-back guarantee if your package is not delivered on time.

China Post has communicated to the USPS that any parcels or letters that have delayed transit will be stored until delivery can be safely resumed.

Stamps.com apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

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