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Postal News: USPS launches major upgrades to priority mail

October 2, 2013
By KATHLEEN SWANSON , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Capitalizing on strong growth in its shipping business, the United States Postal Service has launched major changes to its priority mail line-up, with improved features including free insurance, improved USPS tracking and day-specific delivery.

Priority Mail will now provide scheduled delivery - one-day, two-day or three-day based on the origin and destination of the package.

The Postal Service also will provide improved USPS tracking for all priority mail products. Tracking and scheduled delivery information will be prominently and conveniently located on customer's retail receipts and is also available online using Track and Confirm.

Free insurance is another new and important priority mail feature designed to close competitive gaps in the shipping market place and meet the growing needs of small businesses and other frequent shippers.

Priority mail one-day, two-day and three-day will include $50 or $100 of insurance coverage depending on the payment method, such as whether a customer brought it to a retail counter or it was paid for online.

Other competitive advantages of priority mail products will continue to be the following:

- No hidden charges:?No fuel or residential surcharges.

- Free supplies:?Free boxes and envelopes delivered at no charge.

- Free package pickup:?Regardless of the number of packages.

- Multiple packaging options: Full family of variable and fat rate packaging with a variety of package sizes and pricing.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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