Video: Man’s exotic fruit package rots after being delivered late by postal service

As you know, it can be risky to put something fragile in the mail, but what about something that can rot?

An East Bay man with fruit trees in his yard often mails produce to relatives, but one shipment didn’t quite make it.

This case is a little unusual because it provides a good lesson about what to expect from Priority Mail and whether it’s wise to mail fruit.

via Man's exotic fruit package rots after being delivered late by postal service | abc7news.com.

USPS to raise retail Priority Mail rates, lower commercial rates

From the US Postal Service:

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to change Priority Mail prices, including a reduction in prices on average for businesses and other customers who use Commercial Plus and Commercial Base online shipping services. The price change will include a modest increase for Priority Mail prices at Post Offices and other postal retail outlets. The proposed changes, which would go into effect in September 2014, are intended to offer more competitive pricing and build on Priority Mail’s popularity with customers.

“The Postal Service is a vital business partner for small and large businesses and lowering shipping prices will save them money and improve their bottom line,” said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing/sales officer. “With our affordable shipping options, we hope to attract new business customers and become their preferred delivery service.”

Both Commercial Base and Commercial Plus prices will be reduced on average, with most of the decreases concentrated in the ground zones weighing between 7-16 pounds. Price for Commercial Base customers will be reduced on average by 0.9 percent, and prices for Commercial Plus customers will decline on average 2.3 percent.

“Unlike others in the shipping industry, the Postal Service is not implementing any new dimensional-weight charges, continuing our commitment to deliver the best value for our customers,” said Manabe.

The Postal Service will continue to offer Priority Mail customers free insurance, expected delivery day, flat-rate packaging options and Regional Rate Boxes. Priority Mail is one of the Postal Service’s most popular shipping products, helping to boost USPS package volumes and meet customers’ needs for convenience at competitive prices. Last year, 871 million pieces were shipped through Priority Mail.

“With the Postal Service, there are no shipping surcharges. We deliver on Saturdays for no extra charge, we pick up packages for free, and we deliver shipping boxes and envelopes, also for free. Just a few more ways we help businesses get the most out of their shipping*,” stated Manabe.

Commercial Base Pricing does not have any volume requirements and these reduced rates are available for customers who use Click-N-Ship, PC Postage products, permit imprints, or digital mailing systems (meters) that generate an IBI (Information Based Indicia) and submit data electronically to the USPS.**

Eligibility for Commercial Plus Pricing is based primarily on shipping volume. For Priority Mail, 50,000 pieces are required within the prior year. In lieu of past volume, customers can instead complete a customer commitment agreement.

Pricing at Post Offices and other retail outlets will have a modest increase of 1.7 percent on average.
Highlights of the new proposed retail pricing for Priority Mail products include:

  • Small box – $5.95
  • Medium box – $12.65
  • Large box – $17.90
  • Large APO/FPO box – $15.90
  • Regular envelope – $5.75
  • Legal envelope – $5.90
  • Padded envelope – $6.10

Priority Mail is the Postal Service’s flagship Shipping Services product, accounting for $6.4 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2013. It’s a convenient and fast way to send documents and packages requiring expedited transportation and handling.

The PRC will review the prices before they become effective Sept. 7, 2014, and must agree the prices are consistent with applicable law.3 The new price proposals will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov.

The pricing adjustments are part of a broader strategy to position the Postal Service for the future. USPS is also streamlining its mail processing operations, which will allow the organization to invest in new package sorting equipment and other upgrades, as it continues to seek legislative changes to update its business model.

* Except when Saturday is a national holiday. For details on free Package Pickup, visit usps.com/pickup; Available with the U.S. For use with Priority Mail, and Priority Mail International shipping. Boxes are delivered with our regular mail usually within 7 to 10 business days. To order, visit store.usps.com/store.
** Visit USPS.com or call your USPS sales consultant for eligibility requirements.

Video: USPS priority mail ads and boxes feature Spiderman

The USPS has released a promotional video featuring Spiderman (with a cameo by his creator, legendary cartoonist Stan Lee). to promote priority mail:

The U.S. Postal Service® and Spider-Man are two timeless and powerful heroes with similar characteristics; Speed, Agility, and Reliability. USPS is dependable and consistently delivers. Spider-Man is exceptional and there when needed most. Together they continue to go to great lengths to deliver for you, no matter what.

Try your amazing powers at http://USPS.com/Amazing or Learn more about our amazing powers by visiting http://USPS.com/Amazing

USPS – The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Video: Postal Service looks to priority mail to raise cash

The U.S. Postal Service is revamping its priority-mail program to raise revenue and drive growth in its package-delivery business.

The agency now is offering free online tracking for priority-mail shipments, free insurance and date-specific delivery so customers know whether a package will arrive in one, two or three days.

Postal officials said yesterday that they expect the changes to generate more than $500 million in new annual revenue.

Read more: Postal Service looks to priority mail to raise cash | The Columbus Dispatch.

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Video: USPS “In Priority We Trust” campaign backfires

BUFFALO, NY — In the front room of the U.S. Post Office on Genesee Street, there’s a bright, red-white-and-blue sign with a recognizable phrase splattered on the top of it.

"In Priority We Trust."

The sign remains standing at that downtown location, but a source tells 2 On Your Side the sign has been removed at another location. In fact, at locations across the United States, the United States Postal Service has begun retracting these signs after "customers voiced concerns," perhaps because the phrase too closely resembles "In God We Trust." That’s the motto printed on U.S. coins and currency, enacted originally under President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955.

Read more: U.S. Postal Service Stripping Ad Campaign Signs Nationwide | wgrz.com.