July 28, 2013 marked the rollout of some changes to USPS shipping services. The changes don’t require you to do anything different when you ship packages via USPS. Plus, there are no new rates or fees.
Impact on FP Customers
The USPS has given mailers until January 2014 to update their systems to reflect the changes. Until then, businesses can continue to ship via USPS without any negative consequences.
For FP customers, we will update our MailOne 2.0 software in January 2014 to reflect the new USPS name changes and additional features. Until then, FP customer mailing systems do not require any attention or updates.
Details About the Changes
The re-branded Express service will function as it has, remaining the USPS’s faster delivery service. It’s simply a name change.
Packaging for Express service will begin bearing the Priority Express Mail branding after July 28. Consumers and mailers can continue to use their existing stock of “Express Mail” labeled shipping boxes and supplies for the foreseeable future, presumably until the old stock depletes. Both domestic U.S. and international shipments will use the same Priority Express Mail packaging.
In the past, U.S. Priority delivery duration was a vague “1-3 days”, beginning July 28 the USPS will provide day-specific delivery date estimates, depending on how far the package must travel. This information will be printed on retail receipts in the following manner:
Scheduled Delivery Day: Wed 07/31-13
Most Priority customers will receive free $50 insurance coverage with Priority each package with an Intelligent Mail Package Barcode or retail tracking barcode. To receive your free $50 insurance, take your metered or stamped packages to your local post office.
See a Sample Receipt.
Prices for all Express and Priority services will remain unchanged as of the July 28 rebranding. We expect a USPS rate change in January 2014, and will keep our customers and readers up-to-date on what to expect and when.
FP customers with questions about the July 28 changes can Contact Us with your concerns.