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Archive for May 9th, 2011

Nebraska congressmen urge USPS to reconsider closing small post offices

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), along with Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), sent a letter to the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging the agency to keep in mind the impact on local communities when considering the closing or consolidation of a rural mail facility.

“As the USPS works to fix its budget deficit, we must uphold the original mission of serving both rural and urban areas,” Smith said. “I applaud the recent efforts by the USPS to balance its budget, but I hope it will keep in mind the impact on communities, jobs, and urgent mail delivery when deciding whether to close a facility.”

On March 31, 2011, the USPS proposed a rule which would change the process of closing small, rural post offices. While current law prohibits USPS from closing an office solely for financial purposes, there is concern rural post offices are being targeted for closure because they are not generating revenue, not because it would save a significant amount of money.

According to the Postal Regulatory Commission, closing all 10,000 small and rural post offices would save only seven-tenths of one percent of the USPS operating budget.

USPS Introduces Forever-Priced Packaging

Building on the simplicity of flat-rate shipping and the value of Forever postage, USPS has announced a shipping option that lets customers lock in future postage increases at current prices when using select Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging.

“Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging” is a ground-breaking approach to shipping, designed to make it easier to do business with the Postal Service and address the core strategy of increasing the USPS share of the package market. Available for online ordering at usps.com, Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging is the only prepaid packaging option currently available in the domestic shipping market.

“With Forever postage on Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging, customers now have the convenience of a prepayment option that establishes an even simpler way to ship,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. “It takes the overall value of flat-rate shipping to a new level.”

USPS is offering Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging at retail prices for several Priority Mail Flat Rate products in packs of 3, 5, 10 or 25 (see table). Delivery Confirmation service is included at no cost and extra services such as Signature Confirmation and insurance are available when packages are shipped at retail locations.

Reblin said Prepaid Forever Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging includes an address label with Forever postage, so there are no labels to print. “And with Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping, there’s no extra cost for packages weighing up to 70 pounds, no hidden fees or surcharges and the packaging is environmentally friendly,” he said.

via USPS News Link – May 9, 2011.