Towards the end of every calendar year, all shipping providers publish what their new retail rates are going to be going into the next year. UPS and FedEx have been hovering around 4-5% increases annually. The United State Postal Service is a different creature. Yes, most times they have a price increase. The process to get the increase is much more complex, as would be expected with a government operation. An advisory board called the Postal Regulatory Commission works with the USPS. They help set delivery standards, make sure they USPS is acting in accordance to their governing laws, and direct the USPS in making price adjustments. January 27th, 2019, the USPS will have one of the biggest increases that I can remember in recent history. Stamp prices increase from $0.50 to $0.55. Flat rate envelopes increase from $6.70 to $7.35. Flat rate boxes also increase an average of 6.5%.
Where can I learn more?
A full list of all USPS price increases can be found at https://pe.usps.com/resources/PriceChange/January%202019%20-%20Notice123.pdf
How do we respond?
At Box King, we offer these services from the USPS at a modest markup. The United States Postal Service does not give independent mail and business centers the substantial discounts that FedEx and UPS do. Many times, we have to pay the same price any customer would have to pay at a US Post Office. We do everything we can to provide value for our customers who chose USPS services. Considerably less time waiting in line. Assistance unloading your shipments from your vehicle. Free delivery confirmation. The freedom to compare pricing from FedEx, UPS and USPS to choose the pricing, delivery speed, and service that best fits your needs.
As we make the necessary price adjustments at Box King to cover these increases from the USPS, I hope you will understand and not grimace too badly when we quote your shipping costs. We will do everything possible to assist you in getting the best price possible for your shipment, while maintaining our high standards for professional service. Our smiling faces are waiting to serve you!