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Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes reaches anniversary

December 21, 2010
Submitted by DEBRA MITCHELL, U.S. Postal Service

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are celebrating their sixth birthday, showing continued growth since their introduction in 2004, and debunking public perception that "shipping is complicated."

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes changed the dynamics of the shipping industry. Their ease of use attracts business shippers with exceptional value, and their simplicity and convenience appeals to customers who no longer have to worry about weighing contents (up to 70 pounds for domestic shipments) or calculating postage.

Factor in their versatility for domestic and international shipping-along with the discounts and free package pickup-and Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes offer winning combinations that are easy on customers' pocketbooks, including:

No hidden fees or surcharges.

Free packaging supplies available online, by telephone or in person at most Post Offices.

Environmentally friendly packaging.

In addition, customers who ship online using Click-N-Ship or a PC Postage vendor qualify for a postage discount, free Delivery Confirmation and free package pickup.

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 573-9638.

Mr. Zip's Tip: USPS is 15th among brands Americans find most creative, according to new market research.

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 direct support from taxpayers. With 36,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, the Postal Service relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. Named the Most Trusted Government Agency five consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 28th in the 2009 Fortune 500.



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