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WASHINGTON – The best deal in shipping just added a bit more cushion as the U.S. Postal Service has introduced the first Express Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope.
The new envelope measures 9 1/2-by-12 1/2 inches and can be ordered exclusively online and free of charge at usps.com beginning Aug. 2. It is ideal for sending merchandise that requires a little extra padding to almost anywhere in the country – overnight – $17.75 for commercial or online customers.
“The Express Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope is just like the Priority Mail version – only it gets there faster,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. “It’s a great option for shippers who need to get lightweight items to their destination overnight because it offers businesses and consumers the great combination of convenience, speed and value. Flat-rate pricing saves time and effort on mail preparation and makes it possible to more accurately predict shipping costs.”
The Express Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope is the latest addition to the expanding Express Mail Flat Rate product line, which also includes an Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope and an Express Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope, both retailing for $18.95, and a new Express Mail Flat Rate Box launched last January retailing for $39.95.
This new product builds on the success of the Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope, which rapidly became a hit with e-commerce shippers looking for a lightweight fulfillment option. The padded envelope has become USPS’ second most popular shipping product, next to Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes.
Express Mail service offers a money-back guarantee (some restrictions apply) and overnight delivery to most U.S. addresses, including Post Office Boxes. Express Mail is delivered 365 days a year with no Saturday delivery charges, residential surcharges or fuel surcharges. Sunday and holiday delivery is available to many ZIP codes for a modest premium.
Free Package Pickup and delivery status information using the Track & Confirm tool are available at no cost when shipping online at usps.com.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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