Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Priority Mail Changes Become Effective July 28th

 Priority Mail Changes Effective July 28th, and that is coming really soon. So, thought I better get something out there for ya'll to read about, catch up on, and make any adjustments that you might need to make. First of all, there is no changes in the pricing. What is changing is with the Express Mail, and Priority Mail services they have. 

These changes taking effect will be on July 28 as I read it with ecommercebytes. Some of the important points for online sellers to know is:

• REBRANDING Express Mail will be changed to Priority Mail Express (and Express Mail International will be changed Priority Mail Express)

• ESTIMATED DELIVERY Priority Mail packages will have an estimated service of 1 day, 2 days, or 3 days that will be displayed on the payment receipt, online shopping label, and in the USPS tracking information. 

• INSURANCE Domestic Priority Mail will now include insurance with No additional charge. 

• PRICING Current pricing for Priority Mail will remain the same. 

• PACKAGING Shippers can continue using Express Mail and Express Mail International names and associated packaging until January 2014.

The USPS has always advertised Priority Mail as 2-3 day delivery service. Now mailers will get an estimated service 1 day, 2 days, or 3 days based on the packages departure, and ship-to location.

Shippers cannot request 1, 2, or 3 day delivery. But, if they need over night delivery, they can use Priority Mail Express (to most locations) Priority Mail remains a non guaranteed service, but Priority Mail Express continues to provide a money-back guarantee service (see details on the USPS website) 

When the changes go into effect on July 28, 2013, domestic Priority Mail will include, without additional charge, either $50 or $100 for loss, damage, and missing merchandise. If you are using a stamp, or a meter to add postage to your package, you'll need to bring your package to the Post Office to receive the automatic insurance. 

The USPS said it was rebranding Express Mail because becaue revenue and volume figures for the product have "stagnated" in recent years, and it wanted to increase awareness. "It is hoped that these name changes will help reinvigorate Express Mail by leveraging the wide spread recognition of, and and positive associations with the Priority Mail Brand. As an added benefit, the proposed name changes would effectively consolidate most of the Postal Service's shipping products under a single brand identity."

USPS is currently testing advertisements, and is planning on promoting the changes via mail, TV, radio and internet channels, according to Post & Parcel 

All of this article was copied from the ecommercebytes site, and you can go there to read this as well if you wish.

I use Priority Mail all the time for the items I sell, and ship because the weights are just a bit more, and I can generally get a better deal than using UPS. I generally had the insurance included with the shipping charges, but now will have to do some revising of my shops with this new effect taking place. 

Well, now I hope this informational was helpful to those of you who maybe had not heard about this, or maybe got wind of it, but still questioned it. If you have any questions make sure to check the USPS website noted, call the Post Office, or the next time you visit the Post Office ask them to explain it to you also. 

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see ya'll again soon. Have a splendid day!

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