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Postal News: Flat-rate Priority shipping, free pickup make returns easy

January 7, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Holiday returns - an annual rite for millions of gift receivers that starts the day after Christmas - are easy with the U.S. Postal Service. The improved shipping products and services from the Postal Service offer the easiest, most stress-free solution for returning gifts after the holidays.

"Building on the success of improvements made last holiday season, consumers and businesses can once again take advantage of Priority Mail, which comes with free insurance, day-specific delivery and free tracking," Fort Myers Postmaster Leroy Middleton Jr. said. "With our low-cost flat-rate shipping product - which has no additional surcharges - the Postal Service anticipates customers will use these easy return options this holiday season."

Priority Mail flat-rate boxes take the added hassle out of trying to determine the cost of shipping, with low prices. Customers can pack their items in Priority Mail packaging available free at post offices. Or, they can order free Priority Mail packing supplies through:? and the Postal Service will deliver them - also free.

For the busy 2014 shipping season, the Postal Service saw package volume increase by double digits over the same period last year. On Dec. 22, the Postal Service had its busiest package delivery day on record, with more than 28 million parcels delivered in one day. For the holiday season, the Postal Service delivered over 450 million packages, even on Christmas Day, when packages were delivered to delighted families all over America.

This year, the Postal Service delivered packages on the five Sundays preceding Christmas - beginning Nov. 17 through Dec. 21 - in high-volume markets.

"Our employees take great pride in delivering for our customers, particularly during the busy holiday season," Middleton said. "With our improved shipping products and services, we offer a hassle-free solution for returns."

Merchants can choose from several return services such as Priority Mail returns, First-Class package returns, ground returns, merchandise returns, bulk parcel returns, business reply mail parcels, parcel return and international merchandise returns.

Business customers will appreciate the convenience and value of USPS Returns by choosing from several innovative and streamlined services sure to give the company and its customers the most efficient returns possible.

Customers also save money on all Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express shipping products when using Click-N-Ship to print postage for returns. And when the package is ready for shipping, they can go to: to schedule free package pickups from the home or office.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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