Jun
9
2011

USPS Adds “Adult Signature” Option

In a move geared to further compete with FedEx and UPS, the United States Postal Service has added two new services: Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery. These new services are meant to be used when a packages need to be received by an adult over 21 years of age. The two services […]

May
17
2011

U.S.P.S. In Dire Financial Straits Says Donahoe

In testimony to a Senate subcommittee Tuesday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said that without Congressional action, they would default on their future retiree health benefits. “As things stand, we do not have the cash to make a $5.5 billion prepayment for future retiree health benefits due September 30,” Donahoe said. It was only 2 months ago when […]

May
6
2011

Shipping Insurance for eBay Sellers for Less

eBay sellers have always been the responsible party when shipping a package to their buyers. If something goes wrong in shipping they must make their buyer whole again. Shipping insurance is the best way to protect the seller from mishandling by the shipping carriers. eBay sellers have a great resource in the ShipSaver Insurance App. […]

Apr
25
2011

International Shipping Restrictions Revisited

We wanted to follow-up with our article “If You Are An International Shipper Know The Restrictions” with another reminder to make sure you understand the International shipping restrictions of the shipping carriers. Specifically; the United States Postal Service. We found the following video and it reminded us of something we see too often. When shipping Internationally, please […]

Mar
28
2011

USPS offering $20,000 buyouts and shutting seven district offices

The U.S. Postal Service is offering a $20,000 early retirement incentive to eligible employees in its bid to slash 7,500 positions, and it also is closing seven district offices, the agency announced Thursday. The buyout offer will be available to career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at USPS headquarters, headquarters-related field units, area offices and […]

Mar
16
2011

Mail Service to Japan May Be Delayed

The United States Postal Service has released the following bulletin regarding shipments to Japan: Due to the massive earthquake that occurred in Japan March 12 that has affected mail delivery in the northern areas of the country — including the cities of Sapporo and Sendai — the Japan Postal Service Co., Ltd. is declaring a […]

Feb
17
2011

eReport Pro – eBay API Communication Issues

We have been made aware that since 2/16/2011 our eReport Pro program has not been receiving proper details from eBay when downloading transactions. The program is properly pulling transactions, but the shipping carrier used is not coming across properly. Users have to manually select the shipping carrier used. We are looking into this as it […]

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Jan
25
2011

UPS and FedEx Rates Increases Hit Small Businesses

Raising rates is inevitable when a company is trying to increase profits and shareholder value. When companies like UPS and FedEx raise their rates on their shipping services, there are many understandable factors they take into consideration besides their stock prices. Inflation, increased fuel costs, increased competition, and increased general overhead all play a part. […]

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