Not Your Father's Postal Service
December 1, 2014

I still remember when Oldsmobile ran its memorable ad series using the "it's not your father's Oldsmobile," in an attempt to attract younger buyers and change its image. Watching the U.S. Postal Service lately makes me think of that ad because it's also looking to attract the next generation of customers and change its image. Gone are the days when the Postal Service was all about mail and little else. As First Class mail volumes — the Postal Service's high-profit margin bread and butter — continue to decline, the USPS is looking hard at other sources of revenue.

USPS to Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week This Holiday Season
November 7, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service is adding package delivery on Sundays during the holidays to meet the expected growing demand as online retailers ship more products to customers. In a press release sent out yesterday, the USPS said it would be delivering packages seven days a week in major cities and high-volume areas starting Nov. 17 through Christmas Day in response to expected double-digit package volume growth.

U.S. Postal Service Publishes Christmas Mail-By Dates
October 23, 2014

The USPS has published its "mail-by" dates. To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Target to Offer Free Shipping for Online Orders Through Holidays
October 22, 2014

Two months into the job, Target's new chief executive has already given the go-ahead to one of the retailer's key holiday strategies: free shipping. Starting Wednesday, Target will offer free shipping on any online purchase — no matter the size — through Dec. 20. In doing so, Target is taking an aggressive stance early on in the holiday season. Typically, retailers require a minimum purchase amount before shipping becomes free. "We've spent time as a team to see how we can differentiate ourselves," Brian Cornell, who began as CEO in August, said in an interview Tuesday. 

Good News-Bad News: Priority Mail Rates Change Next Month
August 18, 2014

The United States Postal Service is raising rates for Priority Mail when purchased at the post office. But it is lowering rates for those who purchase Priority Mail postage online, a further incentive for merchants to print labels online. The USPS announced the new rates last month, and the Postal Rate Commission issued its order approving the rate changes on Friday, August 15. The new rates take effect on Sept. 7. 

USPS Says Click-N-Ship Technical Issues Are Over
July 28, 2014

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service told EcommerceBytes that a database migration on the agency's Click-N-Ship website on July 16 was the cause of technical issues that online sellers experienced, and she extended an apology to customers. The USPS extends a discount to sellers who purchase postage online. So when its Click-N-Ship service went down earlier this month, it was a time-consuming and costly problem for merchants who use it.