|Tue June 20 2017 22:07:27|
New Post Office Kiosks Provide Proof of Shipping
By: Ina Steiner
Getting packages scanned is vital to online sellers who need proof for customers showing their item is on the way.
We reported last year
that the USPS was testing a new system designed to make it easier for sellers to get an initial scan on packages entering the mail stream. It's an important issue for sellers who feel pressure to let marketplaces like eBay as well as buyers know the moment their packages enter the mail stream.
The USPS published more information this week. "The Automated Parcel Drop (APD) is a self-service machine that allows customers to mail pre-paid and merchandise return parcels. Customers scan the package's pre-paid label barcode at the APD, deposit the package through its door and collect a paper receipt with acceptance scan date, time and tracking information."
The Postal Service said the APD kiosks accept parcels with PC Postage online labels including eBay and Click-N-Ship, merchandise return labels, and self-service kiosk labels.
The machines are being tested
in five retail lobbies in California, Florida, New York, North Dakota and Virginia.
While it seems using SCAN forms with pickup would be more efficient for volume shippers, the kiosks could be ideal for sellers who must bring packages to the PO.