METRO POST = Same-Day Delivery

The Postal Service has announced a strategic alliance for Metro Post with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the world’s leading florist and gift shop. Metro Post is a same-day delivery service trial that launched Dec. 20 in San Francisco, CA.

Metro Post is a premium delivery service that will revolutionize the shipping industry,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, New Products and Innovation. “Building relationships with prominent retailers like 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will help us leverage our capabilities by making same-day delivery a standard option on retail websites.”

Metro Post is designed to improve the experience of customers shopping on e-commerce sites by offering same-day delivery in a metro area. The market test in San Francisco is expected to run for one year.

Metro Post will be available for purchases involving four of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s gourmet gift brands, including popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory, cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl’s, premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May fine chocolates, and gift baskets and towers from 1-800-Baskets.com.


Buy it now.
We’ll deliver it today.

When buying in store or online, get same-day local delivery with Metro Post from the United States Postal Service.


Consumers can use the Metro Post premium service online or in person at a retail store that carries the company’s branded gift items. The daily cutoff time for purchases delivered by Metro Post is 2 p.m. with deliveries to occur between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we’re all about helping our customers deliver smiles,” said Chris McCann, president, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. “We’ve been doing it with same-day floral deliveries for more than 35 years and now with the Postal Service’s Metro Post service, we’re very excited to be able to expand our same-day gift offerings to include some of our great gourmet food brands.”

Reblin added, “The Postal Service is committed to building and driving strategic relationships to improve our customers’ experience. USPS will work with multiple retailers that have both an online presence and physical ‘brick and mortar’ stores or warehouses within a given metro area.”

Additional information on the Postal Service’s premium same-day delivery service can be found at usps.com/metropost.


PRS-Full Network: Convenience for shoppers and shippersA customer is getting her barcode scanned at a Post Office

Plan to take full advantage of this new returns option.

Launched Jan. 27, Parcel Return Service (PRS)-Full Network is a ground returns solution designed for high-volume shippers. It offers convenience, visibility and reduced transit time — which add up to a better returns experience for e-commerce shoppers and shippers alike.

With PRS-Full Network, consumers can take their returns packages to any Post Office. Even more convenient, customers don’t have to make the trip — they can schedule a Free Package Pickup during their carriers’ regular delivery routes.

Companies get their returned items back faster because packages are captured before they reach a destination delivery unit. In many cases, those packages will be delivered from the postal processing facility serving the designated returns location for the business.

To be eligible for PRS-Full Network, companies must receive 50,000 returns annually. They must use Scan Based Payment, which simplifies the payment process and enables improved visibility. Permit holders can access reports that show how many labels are in transit and estimated delivery date.

Interested in learning more about the full benefits of PRS-Full Network? Contact your local Postal Service Sales representative or email returns@usps.gov.

FYI

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