USPS Increasing Postal and Shipping Prices May 12 and Offering Shippers Discounts When Buying Select Postage Online
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 17, 2008 -- The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced an increase in postal prices, to take effect May 12. For consumers and businesses that frequently use the USPS for shipping, the good news is that there will be savings for those who purchase postage online through authorized PC Postage vendors like Endicia. In response to the rate increase, Endicia, a USPS-approved online postage vendor, is announcing that its full line of Internet Postage shipping solutions will be updated and streamlined to support the new prices.
Endicia Shipping is ideal for online sellers, fulfillment providers, and retailers with lightweight shipping needs--for instance, eBay sellers, jewelry dealers and resellers, clothing retailers, toy retailers and more.
"We are very pleased that the price increase offers savings for online shipping. Our customers won't miss a beat in shipping operations because Endicia Shipping automatically interprets and incorporates the price change," said Harry Whitehouse, Endicia Chief Development Officer. "Not only are our package shippers ready for the new price structure, Endicia is ready to provide a smooth and easy transition."
On May 12, when the new prices are implemented, Endicia's software will seamlessly switch to the new price system and online postage discounts. According to the USPS announcement, the following highlights are important for shippers to know:
- Express Mail is switching to a zone-based pricing system, resulting in customers paying less for nearby destinations. Customers will receive a 3 percent price reduction by purchasing Express Mail online or through corporate accounts.
- Priority Mail will have an average 3.5 percent savings for customers who use electronic postage or meet other requirements.
The Postal Service's online discounts underscore how shipping online with Endicia saves valuable time, while giving the customer more control without many administrative hassles.
Express Mail shippers will also enjoy how Endicia simplifies purchasing postage for the new zone-based system.
Endicia Internet Postage lets users print postage with just a computer, printer, and an Internet connection. Integrated into more than 60 applications, and with over $2 billion in postage processed and 25 years of experience in the postal industry, Endicia is the leading Internet postage service provider. To learn more about purchasing postage online, visit www.endicia.com or www.postage.com. For more information on the price increase and how it impacts shipping prices for businesses, visit www.usps.com/prices.
Endicia offers the following services:
- All Premium features, plus
- Bulk acceptance scans for packages
- Retrieve shipment information from order database
- Stage lists for batch printing
- Variable weight and mail class list support
- All Premium features, plus
- Price shop USPS versus private carrier
- Save on address correction fees
- Bulk acceptance scans
- Avoid residential and rural address surcharges
Endicia's PC and Mac applications allow users to print postage and shipping labels for all mail classes, domestic and international. Endicia's shipping functionality includes discounted Delivery and Signature Confirmation, discounted parcel insurance, hidden postage amounts and pre-filled customs forms.
Endicia's APIs allow developers to integrate postage printing into a variety of applications, including web-based services. Endicia's PictureItPostage service allows businesses and individuals to print customized postage with their logos, images, or pictures. In 1989, the company received the first annual U.S. Postal Service Quality Supplier Award, and in 2004, the Industry Star Award. For more information, visit www.endicia.com.
First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International are registered trademarks; and Delivery Confirmation and Signature Confirmation are trademarks of the U.S. Postal Service.
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