Postal

An Analysis of Retail Print Circulars for Back to School
July 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

As August approaches, the back-to-school (BTS) shopping season is on the minds of retailers everywhere. Recently, we covered Target’s college supply registry, which rolled out this year to capture some of the early BTS shopping dollars. However, according to our Shopper Insight Survey, 63 percent of BTS shoppers plan to do the majority of their…

The End of Postage Discounting for Lower-Volume Shippers?
July 26, 2016 at 9:19 am

This is a guest post by Gordon Glazer, director of modal optimization and affiliate strategies at Shipware, a parcel audit and consulting firm. In the interest of full disclosure, Gordon recently took a small short position on Stamps.com after the two reports mentioned were published. Also, Shipware provides access to discounted postage pricing through one…

Retailers Using USPS for Last-Mile Delivery Seek New Sorting Options
July 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm

It’s no secret that major changes are occurring in parcel delivery, with parcel carriers increasingly teaming up with the United States Postal Service (USPS). The parcel carries utilize their transportation networks to deliver packages close to its final destinations — often to a local post office — and the USPS takes it from there to…

USPS Touts E-Commerce Initiatives in Plea for Postal Reform
May 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

Postmaster General Megan Brennan called on Congress to enact legislation to help the Postal Service after releasing the agency's second-quarter financial report last week. She called the agency's challenges "serious but solvable." Brennan testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, saying the USPS has worked with stakeholders on several provisions that can…

Delivery Delays Mount at U.S. Postal Service
March 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

The U.S. Postal Service fell short of its performance targets for a host of its mailing and shipping services last year, and on-time delivery percentages in many categories were actually worse than 2014, the agency's regulator has found. The Postal Regulatory Commission this week issued a critical report detailing the shortcomings of a broad array of…

USPS Responds to Questions About 2016 Rate Change
February 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

Online sellers who rely on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver their orders had some changes to contend with when the Postal Service rolled out a rate change on Jan. 17. EcommerceBytes has been covering the changes closely. We asked USPS spokesperson Katina Fields about the big changes and about some of the road bumps for…

Sellers Say January USPS Rate Hike Threatens Their Business Model
November 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

One of the biggest fans of the U.S. Postal Service is uncertain whether he can continue to use it once new rates for parcels go into effect in two months. Mitch Goldstone, CEO of ScanMyPhotos in Irvine, California, credits the flat rate Priority Mail box with inventing his entire business, and said so in a…

The Impact of the USPS Price Increase on Shippers
October 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

This is a guest post by Gordon Glazer, director of strategic partnerships and modal optimization strategies for Shipware, a parcel audit and consulting firm that helps volume parcel shippers reduce shipping costs. Gordon can be reached at gordon@shipware.com.  The USPS Board of Governors has proposed a major price increase for competitive (i.e., shipping) products to take…