Tuesday, March 18, 2008

USPS to offer competitive prices for Express Mail, Priority Mail

According to a USPS press release and various media reports, the U.S. Postal Service will for the first time volume and other price incentives for its Express Mail, Priority Mail and other shipping services beginning May 12 when new rates go into effect.

Postal Service shipping products are currently priced by a “one price fits all” approach — customers pay the same price per piece regardless of the number of packages sent or the method of payment. Beginning May 12, customers will be able to take advantage of commercial volume pricing, minimum volume rebates, online price breaks and other pricing incentives.

Express Mail, premium overnight delivery, is switching to an industry standard, zone-based pricing system, resulting in lower prices for closer destinations. Customers will enjoy a 3 percent price reduction by purchasing Express Mail online or through corporate accounts. Up to an additional 7 percent price reduction is available for those who meet quarterly volume minimums.

Shown above are the new Express Mail and Priority Mail stamps.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM