USPS connects businesses with more fast delivery options
The US Postal Service has launched USPS Connect – a set of four delivery solutions which it says will leverage ongoing network improvements, new equipment, new pricing and enhanced operational precision to meet businesses’ needs for fast delivery.
USPS gave a run-down of the four new delivery options:
- USPS Connect Local – described as “a new way for local businesses to affordably and quickly reach local customers” – is rolling out in select locations starting today (22 February). It offers a next-day service in all locations; and same-day delivery, Sunday delivery and pickup options in select locations. This offering also includes USPS Connect Local Mail, a First-Class Mail option for documents up to 13 ounces. Businesses can enter USPS Connect Local packages and mail at the receiving dock of the designated postal facility or take advantage of free en-route pickup when their carrier delivers their mail. Free flat-rate bags, boxes and envelopes are available via Click-N-Ship.
- USPS Connect Regional provides next-day regional entry and delivery of Parcel Select packages and Parcel Select Lightweight packages. Most packages will be delivered the next day within a broad specified region.
- USPS Connect National provides delivery solutions for businesses of all sizes. They can benefit from the Postal Service’s new mail processing equipment and reconfigured network to receive reliable delivery of packages through First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select Ground and Retail Ground.
- USPS Connect Returns is a service for businesses to offer their customers convenient returns, with free en-route pickup by their carrier or drop-off at a nearby Post Office location.
Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and CEO, commented: “USPS Connect provides businesses of all sizes what they have been asking for — an affordable way to meet consumer demand for fast delivery,” said “A pivotal point in our Delivering for America plan, it positions us to more fully leverage our network capacity to increase volume and revenue so we can continue to serve the American people with affordable, reliable mail and package delivery.”
Jakki Krage Strako, chief commerce and business solutions officer, added: “We’ve listened carefully to our business customers to develop this program. We’re increasing next-day deliveries. We’re also giving smaller businesses big-business rates and all businesses more user-friendly ways to interact with us.”
More information is available at: http://www.usps.com/business/business-shipping.htm