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New GlobalPost Processing Hub Opens in Houston, Texas

April 21st, 2021 Comments off

GlobalPost International Shipping Services

GlobalPost, the industry leader in affordable, innovative international shipping services, today announced the addition of a new processing hub near Houston, Texas. Warehouses, fulfillment centers and online retailers in the Houston metropolitan area will now qualify for consolidation discounts and free package pickups for shippers doing a minimum of 30 shipments per day. GlobalPost customers typically save at least 30% on shipping rates by consolidating their international parcels. They also benefit from exclusive features such as electronic customs forms and free coverage against loss or damage on every shipment.

GlobalPost is available in the most popular shipping software applications including Stamps.com.

About 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 unique features not found in traditional international shipping service.

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USPS Mailing Standards For Lithium Batteries

March 12th, 2021 Comments off

This article includes updates effective March 12, 2021

Shipping Regulations
When shipping lithium batteries, businesses must comply with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) standards for preparing shipments that contain lithium batteries.  The standards are in place to ensure the safe transportation of shipments that include these batteries and cells.  Shippers are responsible to comply with these regulations or risk fines.

Luckily the USPS shipping regulations align with DOT and PHMSA regulations—so as long as your shipment follows USPS regulations, you are in the clear.

USPS Standards for Domestic Shipments Containing Lithium Batteries

  • Each cell cannot contain more than 1 gram of lithium
  • Each battery cannot contain more than 2 grams of lithium
  • All packages must contain a complete return address
  • For non-installed batteries, your package must have a DOT-approved lithium battery mark (UN3090)

Standards for Shipping Installed Batteries

  • Installed batteries must be protected from short circuit
  • Devices with batteries must have protection to prevent accidentally being powered-on
  • Equipment must be cushioned

Shipping Lithium Batteries to International Destinations?

Lithium batteries can only be shipped internationally if they are installed in the equipment they operate.  Shipping carriers are not allowed to ship packages containing only lithium batteries or cells to international locations – they must be included inside a product.  No markings or documentation are allowed on these international mailpieces.  This rule applies to all international as well as APO/FPO/DPO destinations.

More info on the U.S. Postal Service’s Lithium Battery mailing standards is available on the USPS.com site.

USPS Priority Mail Increase 2021

February 26th, 2021 Comments off

USPS Priority Mail is a fast and economical shipping service that provides delivery to anywhere in the United States within two to three days. With Priority Mail, you can send packages up to 70 lbs. and enjoy free USPS tracking and insurance of up to $50.

Stamps.com customers enjoy discounts of up to 40 percent over the Post Office rate on all Priority Mail shipments! These discounts are automatically calculated by the Stamps.com software.

Priority Mail Rate Changes in 2021

Priority Mail rates saw an average increase of 3.6 percent from 2020 to 2021. A one-pound package traveling from Los Angeles to New York (Zone 8) currently costs $8.42, up from $8.25 in 2020.

USPS Priority Mail (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2021 rates vs. 2020 rates
Mailpiece Weight20212020Change
1 lb. – Zone 8$8.80$8.42$0.38
2 lbs. – Zone 8$11.69$11.19$0.50
3 lbs. – Zone 8$16.45$15.74$0.71
4 lbs. – Zone 8$18.96$18.14$0.82
5 lbs. – Zone 8$21.96$21.01$0.95
6 lbs. – Zone 8$25.75$24.52$1.23
7 lbs. – Zone 8$28.93$27.55$1.38
8 lbs. – Zone 8$32.49$30.94$1.55
9 lbs. – Zone 8$36.12$34.40$1.72
10 lbs. – Zone 8$39.67$37.78$1.89

Rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and Flat Rate Envelopes also increased in 2021.

Priority Mail Flat Rate (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2021 rates vs. 2020 rates
Mailpiece20212020Increase
Flat Rate Envelopes$7.40$7.15$0.20
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.70$7.45$0.20
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$8.00$7.75$0.20
Small Flat Rate Box$7.90$7.65$0.15
Medium Flat Rate Boxes$13.75$13.20$0.40
Large Flat Rate Boxes$19.30$18.30$0.70
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box$17.80$16.80$0.70

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes provide great cost savings over regular Priority Mail when your parcel is over two pounds. For example, a Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A that weighs five pounds for delivery to Zone 8 will cost $12.64 compared to $21.96 for regular Priority Mail.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes (Commercial Base Pricing)
INCREASE PER PACKAGE – 2021 rates vs. 2020 rates
Box A
Zone 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
2021$7.83$8.04$8.34$9.01$10.89$11.63$12.64$23.37
2020$7.68$7.92$8.21$8.92$10.42$11.13$12.10$18.69
Change$0.15$0.12$0.13$0.09$0.47$0.50$0.54$4.68
Box B
Zone 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
2021$8.23$8.64$9.56$12.36$17.50$20.10$22.90$42.98
2020$8.07$8.51$9.42$11.53$16.72$19.21$21.89$34.38
Change$0.16$0.13$0.14$0.83$0.78$0.89$1.01$8.60
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UPS’s Fastest Ground Ever

February 19th, 2021 Comments off

Customers Express Need for Speed, UPS Invests to Deliver

E-Commerce sales are going through the roof. With this increase, there has also been a jump in customer expectations of how fast their purchases will get to them. 62% of U.S. online shoppers reported that fast shipping speed is the most important factor in a positive retail experience according to a 2019 survey from Avionos. UPS® Ground shipments are now faster than ever thanks to new strategic initiatives. Our Fastest Ground Ever allows U.S. customers to save an entire day on shipments to businesses and residences. Think about what a difference a day can make!

Routes to cities across the U.S. are faster than ever before. Now you can save at least one day on shipments to businesses and residential destinations. UPS is investing in innovative solutions that provide greater accuracy and speed for all our customers, from pickup to final mile. A few notable enhancements include:

• Network Planning Tools*(NPT) allows UPS to optimize the flow of up to 60 million packages with advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

• Enhanced Dynamic Global Execution* (EDGE) uses real-time data to enhance strategic decision making.

• On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) determines the most efficient delivery route to reduce our carbon foot print.

• Delivery Information Acquisition Device (DIAD) integrates AI to enable drivers to meet customers’ expectations.

• Convenient and secure UPS Access Point® locations have also helped UPS streamline. More than 12,000 UPS Access Point® locations have been added where customers can easily arrange to receive deliveries or accept returns, including CVS, Michaels, and Advance Auto Parts.

*NPT & EDGE will be fully deployed in 2020 Crush Deadlines and Bottom Lines

Speed and Reliability:

By the end of 2022, UPS will add more than 10 million pounds of additional air cargo capacity as 44 new aircrafts will join our fleet. This is the largest air capacity expansion in recent history.

In 2020, UPS has added even more capacity and network enhancements including:

· Five new regional “super hubs” in Atlanta, DFW-Arlington, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. These facilities will help improve time in transit, reliability, & flexibility across our network.

· UPS® Smart Logistics Network, which continually evolves to incorporate real-time data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technological advancements.

· These significant investments will enable us to drive operational and sustainable improvements for our business, and provide greater accuracy& speed among our global network.

Our Fastest Ground Ever not only buys you time, it also provides peace of mind. The most recently available information from ShipMatrix shows UPS leading the industry in on-time deliveries too:

With UPS’s Fastest Ground Ever, merchants can crush both deadlines and bottom lines for their customers. Try out the new and improved system enhancements and rest easy knowing that your package is in the UPS network.

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Free Webinar: 5 Reasons to Ship with UPS on Stamps.com

February 2nd, 2021 Comments off

Wednesday, February 10, 2021,  10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time

In an increasingly competitive e-commerce space where customers want free shipping and to receive their orders faster, small businesses need more cost-effective choices and flexibility to meet customers’ demands. Through our collaboration with UPS, Stamps.com users can now access discounted rates of up to 62% off UPS 2nd Day Air® and up to 48% off UPS® Ground Daily Rates services.

Topics covered in this webinar:

• Get an overview of UPS shipping services
• Learn the benefits of shipping with UPS through your Stamps.com account
• Find out how to easily add UPS Shipping to your Stamps.com account
• Plus much more!

WHEN:  Wednesday Feb 10, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

SIGN-UP:  https://stamps.zoom.us/webinar/register/3116111880062/WN_lbV9pqaLTPew8ZC0WXux_Q

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