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Postal News: Postal Service launches major upgrades to Priority Mail

Improved Priority Mail includes free insurance, free tracking and day-specific delivery

October 16, 2013
By KATHLEEN SWANSON - U.S. Postal Service , Pine Island Eagle

Fort Myers/Naples- Capitalizing on strong growth in its shipping business, the United States Postal Service has launched major changes to its Priority Mail line-up, with improved features including free insurance, improved USPS Tracking and day-specific delivery.

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 for all Priority Mail products. Tracking and scheduled delivery information will be prominently and conveniently located on customer's retail receipts and is also available online using Track and Confirm.

Free insurance is another new and important Priority Mail feature designed to close competitive gaps in the shipping market place and meet the growing needs of small businesses and other frequent shippers.

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.

Other competitive advantages of Priority Mail products will continue to be the following:

* No hidden charges - no fuel or residential surcharges.

* Free supplies - free boxes and envelopes delivered at no charge.

* Free package pickup - regardless of the number of packages.

* Multiple packaging options - full family of variable and Flat Rate packaging with a variety of package sizes and pricing.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 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 more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 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 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fourth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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