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US Postal Service revamps services

Allison B. Hudson

Mark Stephens, Business Solutions Specialist for the United States Postal Service enlightened members of the Rotary Club of Donaldsonville about all the services and new programs for personal and business uses.

Stephens introduced a simpler way to ship by telling members what the postal service offers. He advised that there are over 149 million U.S. delivery points, with over 32,000 post office locations. Unlike its competitors, the postal service offers redelivery options and will hold pickup options available. All packages are protected by the U.S. Postal Inspection service and with enhanced tracking and visibility.

A few mail service options are: Express mail, priority mail, first-class mail, and global solutions for companies who ship regularly out of the country.

Express mail is considered the speediest product with guaranteed next-day delivery by noon or 3 p.m. One can enjoy this service without any surcharges and 365 days of delivery. Items are automatically insured up to $100 and discounts are available for paying postage online or through authorized vendors.

Priority mail offers 24 hour tracking through free delivery confirmation with electronic filing by phone, online, or mobile applications on your cellular device. Priority is a one to three day service, and unlike its competitors, there is delivery to every U.S. address, including post office boxes and most military addresses. Another plus about this service is that Saturday and residential delivery is provided at no extra cost.

First-class mail is only ounce-rate parcel service in the industry with rates available up to 13 ounces. Delivery is one to three days nationwide with visibility and tracking available.

With expedited global shipping solutions, your package is guaranteed within one to three business days or your money back. With standard global solutions priority mail international will arrive in six to ten business days to major destinations.

The U.S. Postal Service has numerous options available for your shipping needs, visit www.usps.com to find out more information.