Package delivery is the future for the U.S. Postal Service, its representatives say. The same is true for a close partner of the USPS, Stamps.com. As a result, the online postage provider to more than 500,000 customers announced on Monday that it bought e-commerce software provider ShipWorks for $22 million.
Stamps.com announced its new USPS shipping integration with ProStores, an e-commerce platform that enables small businesses to sell products and services online from their own websites. ProStores is a unit of eBay. This new integration offers ProStores customers an effective new method for order fulfillment. With Stamps.com, customers can automatically import orders and print shipping labels for all USPS mail classes, domestic and international. Once a shipping label has been printed, customers will see order status details such as the USPS tracking number, ship date and mail class posted to their ProStores account. Additional Stamps.com features now available to ProStores
Online merchants who rely on Priority Mail to send packages got some good news—beginning on July 28, domestic Priority Mail will include, without additional charge, either $50 or $100 insurance for loss, damage and missing merchandise. But shippers had trouble determining under which situation they would receive $50 in free insurance, and in which situation they would receive $100 in free insurance. Spokesperson Darleen Reid-DeMeo addressed the question for EcommerceBytes on Monday.
In mid-2004, the U.S. Postal Service ran a seven-week market test of custom postage for consumers; the success of that initiative led it to relaunch the program in May 2005 as a longer-term trial. This year, the Postal Service gave its stamp of approval to a one-year test of custom First Class, Priority and Express postage for commercial efforts. According to Nick Barranca, vice president of product development for the Postal Service, this commercial application came about due to the recent amendment of a Civil War-era law that prohibited commercial messages from being used on any obligation of the federal government. The law was
By Denny Hatch I despise the term "snail mail." It is a pejorative that denigrates all hand-carried mail—Standard, First Class and Parcel Post—as well as the dedicated men and women who deliver it. It is a far more offensive term than "junk mail." My entire reputation was built on direct mail, the result of my wife and I starting WHO'S MAILING WHAT!—a newsletter (now called Inside Direct Mail) based on my archive of tens of thousands of direct mail samples. In the Oct. 26, 2004 Wall Street Journal, staff reporter Avery Johnson wrote a story titled, "Cheap-Tickets Sites Try New Tactics." From the story: