The Postmaster General revealed a 10-year plan to get the Postal Service on track to "achieve financial sustainability and service excellence." The plan includes changes to take advantage of ecommerce growth, but the organization also revealed imminent rate changes, which could spell bad news for sellers.
In Tuesday's press release, the USPS wrote:
"In addition, in the coming weeks, the Postal Service will submit a number of filings with the Postal Regulatory Commission regarding pricing, products and services, and infrastructure."
That may make online sellers nervous! And as EcommerceBytes readers know, when shipping costs increase, so do marketplace fees due to their commissions on price-plus-shipping.
In addition, the press release said the USPS will make changes to meet the expanding ecommerce needs of businesses and consumers, including a new suite of services called USPS Connect, "connecting businesses, large and small, to urban and rural communities across the nation."
"The Postal Service will expand its core package products, namely Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, First-Class Package Service and Parcel Select to offer same day, next day and 2-3 day delivery options six to seven days a week."
The USPS said other offerings will include an enhanced Informed Delivery platform, enabling business and residential users to do more, including:
- provide carriers instructions on where to leave or pick-up packages;
- notify USPS to hold mail or schedule redelivery of packages before important items reach their mailboxes.
You can find the full press release on the USPS website
. Let us know what you think and what you'd like to see included, as an online seller and as a postal resident.