If you’re tired of sending a package with the U.S. Postal Service via Priority Mail and never quite being sure if it’ll be there in two days or three, there may be some relief in sight. You can also forget about paying to insure a Priority package that isn’t worth more than $100.
The USPS announced major changes to its Priority Mail line-up Wednesday including free insurance and day-specific delivery. That means you’ll know ahead of time how long your box of baseball cards will take to reach its destination.
Priority Mail will now provide scheduled delivery – 1-day, 2-day or 3-day based on the origin and destination of the package. The Postal Service also will provide improved USPS Tracking and free insurance for all Priority Mail products. Tracking and scheduled delivery information will be prominently located on customer’s retail receipts and is also available online using Track and Confirm.
Priority Mail 1-day, 2-day and 3-day will include $50 or $100 of insurance coverage depending on the payment method, such as whether a customer brought it to a retail counter or it was paid for online.
“This major upgrade of our Priority Mail products is one of the most dramatic new offerings from the Postal Service that meets the strong marketplace demand for core shipping features at affordable pricing,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this Priority Mail line-up positions the Postal Service very competitively in the shipping marketplace and gives small businesses and other frequent shippers a continued and compelling reason to do business with the Postal Service.”
Newly redesigned Priority Mail boxes and envelopes are available in Post Offices and online at usps.com with many Priority Mail Flat Rate sizes and pricing. Express Mail services will continue as Priority Mail
The Postal Service says it has seen strong growth in its package business, which grew more than 14 percent over the last two years. This e-commerce-fueled growth trend is projected to continue for the next decade. Online consumers are expected to increase their spending by 62 percent by 2016 and U.S. E-commerce retail sales are expected to grow by 41 percent to $370 billion annually by 2017.3
“With e-commerce driving major changes in shipping habits, and consumers becoming more reliant on delivery services, the Postal Service can play an increasingly vital role as a driver of growth opportunities for America’s businesses,” said Manabe. “We expect our Priority Mail product will continue to be very popular.”
The Postal Service plans to educate business and residential customers about its new Priority Mail products through an integrated marketing campaign that will extend through the holiday season.