USPS to offer businesses competitive prices for Express Mail, Priority Mail

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service said that for the first time it will offer volume and other price incentives for its Express Mail, Priority Mail and other shipping services beginning May 12.

The discounts were made possible as a result of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which enables the agency to better compete in the shipping market.

Currently, business customers pay the same price per piece regardless of the number of packages sent or the method of payment. Beginning May 12, they will be able to take advantage of commercial volume pricing, minimum volume rebates, online price breaks and other pricing incentives.

For example, a 3% price reduction will be given when customers purchase Express Mail online or through corporate accounts, and a discount of up to 7% will be given to those who meet quarterly volume minimums.

“These innovative published pricing incentives will make our products more attractive to all shippers, especially small businesses,” said Postmaster General John Potter, in a statement.

“We’re pricing our products to sell in today’s competitive shipping market. In the near future, the Postal Service plans to explore contract pricing for larger customers similar to [other shipping service providers] in the market.”

—Carol Krol

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