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USPS Plans to Add New ‘Connect’ Service to Online Marketplaces

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USPS Plans to Add New 'Connect' Service to Online Marketplaces

The US Postal Service is now offering its new USPS Connect Local service in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware as part of a nationwide rollout that began last month, it announced today. EcommerceBytes confirmed that eventually, the USPS will expand Connect Local and Regional to online marketplaces.

USPS Connect comes in four flavors: Local, Regional, National and Returns and is painted as a crown jewel in Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Delivering for America 10-year plan.

With USPS Connect advertised as giving smaller businesses big-business rates, we asked if it was going to be integrated with online marketplaces and if USPS Connect rates were cheaper than what was offered from the USPS through sites like eBay and Etsy.

A spokesperson provided the following response:

“USPS Connect Local and Regional are not yet available on marketplaces at this time, however, we are working to expand access in the future.

“Connect Local utilizes our Parcel Select product which is priced lower than Priority Mail or First Class Package Service. Shippers who qualify would either bring the package to the receiving dock of the Post Office serving the destination zip code or hand to their carrier if in the same zip code. There are no minimum package requirements.

“Connect Regional utilizes Parcel Select or Parcel Select Lightweight and can be dropped off at one of 164 locations throughout the country for next day delivery at a majority of zip codes served. Shippers are required to meet certain entry requirements including a 50 piece minimum per mailing for Parcel Select or for Parcel Select Lightweight 200 pieces or 50 pounds.”

USPS Connect Local in particular (with no minimum requirements) strikes us as being more beneficial to small indie brick-and-mortar retailers than eBay or Etsy sellers. (And as it states above, Connect Regional requires a minimum 200 pieces.) We’re eager to hear from any reader who researches USPS Connect for their marketplace business to see if there’s a fit.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

2 thoughts on “USPS Plans to Add New ‘Connect’ Service to Online Marketplaces”

  1. “Shippers who qualify would either bring the package to the receiving dock of the Post Office serving the destination zip code or hand to their carrier if in the same zip code.”

    What good is that? People buying online don’t usually live close by…

  2. Parcel select a disaster from NJ they can take a week to get their first scan. (Apparently, the facilities are not able to handle the volume lots of sellers in NJ..) In today’s world where buyers expect the item the next day not getting a scan for days will be an utter catastrophe.

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