USPS kicks off Q4 2015 with boosts in shipping revenue, employee workhours increase

The U.S. Postal Service started the Fiscal Year 2015 fourth quarter (July 1, 2015 – July 31, 2015) with an operating revenue increase of $66 million, or 1.2 percent, over the same period last year. The increase in operating revenue was driven by a 18.0 percent growth in shipping and package volume. The net income […]

The Postal Service Emerges as Shipping Powerhouse for Small Businesses

The Postal Service Emerges as Shipping Powerhouse for Small Businesses January 22, 2015 – The other week I was reading an article about how shipping carriers fared over the holidays. FedEx and United Parcel Service were mentioned, but noticeably absent was the U.S. Postal Service. As someone who works closely with the U.S. Postal Service […]

USPS: ‘We’re ready for the rush,’ PMG says

USPS: ‘We’re ready for the rush,’ PMG says – Ready This Season The Postal Service is gearing up for the year’s busiest mailing, shipping and delivery days next week. The busiest mailing day will be Monday, Dec. 15, when employees will process an expected 640 million cards, letters and packages. On the busiest mailing day […]

USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge?

It’s no secret that the United States Postal Service has been on a mission to grow its parcel business. But the rate cuts that went into effect on Sept. 7 may be one of its most aggressive moves yet. The pricing changes affect two Priority Mail offerings – Commercial Base and Commercial Plus – and […]

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Threaten Free Shipping and Lost Business

The coming rate hikes at UPS (NYSE: UPS  ) and FedEx (NYSE: FDX  ) represent a threat to the free shipping policies we’ve seen retailers expand exponentially, but a rate cut the U.S. Postal Service just won might give it a competitive advantage the delivery giants won’t be able to overcome. Shipping stuff in bigger boxes is […]

USPS to introduce more options for customers

The Postal Service will introduce additional shipping and Extra Services options for customers when new Priority Mail rates take effect Sept. 7. These include an option for businesses to print and send customers return shipping labels. The Call Tag Return Service generates and delivers a return shipping label and instructions to the customer on behalf […]

With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options

The coming rate increases in ground service by FedEx and UPS have businesses scrutinizing every aspect of their parcel-shipping programs. Both companies are preparing to introduce dimensional weight pricing for all parcels in U.S. ground service — UPS on Dec. 29, 2014, and FedEx FDX +0.47% on Jan. 1, 2015. The change means that the […]

USPS plans to raise Priority Mail prices, reduce rates for high-volume mailers

New Pricing Strategy to Grow Priority Mail U.S. Postal Service Capitalizing on Strong Package Growth WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  to change Priority Mail prices, including a reduction in prices on average for businesses and other customers who use Commercial Plus and Commercial Base […]

USPS takes steps to grow package business

The Postal Service is taking new steps to grow its package business, part of a broader effort to attract new customers and boost revenue. “Make no mistake: The Postal Service is committed to growth. We’re doing everything in our power to build our business and increase our volumes, and packages are a big part of […]