EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2518 - April 11, 2011     2 of 4

USPS to Offer Forever Postage for Priority Mail Flat-Rate Packaging

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The U.S. Postal Service will offer Forever postage on Priority Mail flat rate packaging beginning April 17, 2011. Forever postage is good for mailing anytime in the future, regardless of price changes; the first Forever stamp was introduced in 2007 for First Class mail. With the new Priority Mail Forever postage, the Postal Service will offer bundles of Priority Mail packaging that have prepaid mailing labels affixed for the following types of packaging:

  • Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes - Regular, Legal, Padded;
  • Priority Flat Rate Boxes - Small, Medium (2 styles), Large.

The Forever Prepaid Flat Rate Packaging will be available for purchase in 3, 5, 10, and 25 count packs.

According to the USPS, the change provides convenience to customers, who will no longer have to go online to purchase postage, affix it to a package, and wait in line at a post office to mail the package. They will now be able to give the package to their carrier, drop it in an automated postal center, or drop it off at a Postal Service retail counter.

The PRC issued an order on April 7, 2011 approving the use of Forever postage on Priority Mail flat rate packaging.

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