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Post Office Introduces Padded Flat Rate Envelopes Option

May 24, 2011
Submitted by DEBRA MITCHELL, U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service has introduced another new product: the padded flat rate Priority envelope. The new envelope is for domestic shipping only. It is not available at Post Office locations; it is only available through for home delivery.

There is no charge for the envelopes, whose dimensions are 9 by 12 inches.

The new envelopes are ideal for sending gift cards, musical greeting cards, all types of merchandise, jewelry, candy, books, clothing, stationery and virtually anything else.

As with other flat rate envelopes, if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for $4.95. The envelopes receive 2-3 day delivery, free package pick-up, and advantages like no surcharge for fuel or Saturday and residential delivery. As an added bonus, shipping labels printed with click-n-ship from receive free delivery confirmation service (a 70 cent savings).

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638.

Mr. Zip s Tip: Since 2005, USPS has increased by 133% its use of alternative fuels.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.


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