Effective April 26, 2015, USPS’s free USPS Meter Label Solution (formerly Click-N-Ship for Business) software requires users to set up a valid payment method to print shipping labels. For the vast majority of CNSB users, this means setting up a postage meter account with a company like FP Mailing Solutions.
Prior to that date, users could print shipping labels without postage and pay postage with stamps or at the Post Office.
The software allows the following payment methods:
- Postage meter account
- Permit (applicable only to PMOD and MRS labels)
- eVS (electronic verification system for large volume shippers)
The wording of the USPS notice published to CNSB users in March 2015 led some to believe that the software was being cancelled, and that users were directed to replace CNSB with postage meters. Not true. The software is simply being updated to require setup of payment method, with postage meter accounts applying to most CNSB users.
USPS Announcement about Click-N-Ship for Business Update
Targeted at users who ship 50-100 parcels/month (such as part-time eBay sellers), the CNSB software was originally introduced in 2003 as Shipping Assistant. It has been appealing to the occasional shipper who has accumulated a large quantity of stamps – often at discount from face value, or those who like the convenience of printing their own shipping labels with tracking, but wish to pay by cash or check at USPS retail counters. As noted, that’s going away.
Click-N-Ship for Business allows 4”x6” shipping label printing for several popular mail classes, including First Class Package and Media Mail, which are not always available in postage meters. This lets postage meter customers to use their meter accounts to ship with these alternative classes.
How to Get a Postage Meter Account
CNSB users interested in establishing meter accounts should Contact Us and inquire with Sales about an appropriate postage meter.
Additional USPS Resources:
Click-N-Ship for Business Description & Download (USPS Business Shipping Tools)