The United States Postal Service (or USPS) has been around since 1775, when Benjamin Franklin became our country’s first Postmaster General. Millions of small businesses use USPS every day to ship their packages, but the majority of them are paying for postage at the retail rate. Don’t let your small business make that same mistake! Believe it or not, there’s free USPS shipping software out there that allows you to buy postage at deep discounts, so there’s no reason to ever buy postage at the retail rate.
The United States Postal Service delivers mail to every residential address in the country. In fact, they are the only shipping carrier legally authorized to do so! However, they also offer competitive services for shipping packages. If you’re an E-commerce retailer, you’re probably sending out smaller parcels that aren’t too heavy. USPS offers the best rates for shipping small parcels under 20 pounds, hands down. That makes USPS the premier carrier for E-commerce businesses!
Want to hear a fun fact? The US Postal Service is one of our nation’s largest employers, trailing only behind a few corporations such as Amazon and Walmart. Care to guess how many people work for the Postal Service?
- The cheapest rates for sending out small, heavy parcels like subscription boxes
- Use shipping software to take advantage of discounts like Commercial Plus Pricing and secret mail classes like Priority Mail Cubic that you won’t find at the Post Office
- Free boxes for certain mail classes
- Schedule free pickups from your home or warehouse