July 19, 2021
USPS Connect Local Offers Smaller Businesses Affordable and Fast Options
DALLAS, TX — The U.S. Postal Service today launched our pilot of USPS Connect Local, a new offering that will help smaller businesses provide local-to-local same-day or next-day package delivery at affordable rates to customers in designated Houston and Dallas ZIP Codes. USPS Connect Local is part of a broader USPS Connect program that will help businesses of all sizes meet growing consumer demand for affordable, fast local and regional deliveries and returns.
The pilot of USPS Connect Local is rolling out initially in select locations, facilitating “Main Street” commerce by offering big-volume benefits to smaller business customers. Once business customers are enrolled in the program, they can bring their prepaid labeled packages directly to the back dock of select postal facilities close to the packages’ final destinations. In return, they will get delivery rates during the pilot that are usually only available to large-volume mailers. The Postal Service will add additional USPS Connect Local locations in the coming weeks as we refine our operational capabilities.
“USPS Connect Local will give businesses of all sizes direct access to our unmatched delivery network so packages can get on postal vehicles sooner and reach consumers more quickly. It’s unprecedented, and we’re excited to bring this offering to our customers — first in Texas, and then across the country once we demonstrate our readiness,” said Jakki Krage Strako, USPS chief commerce and business solutions officer.
USPS Connect is a major component of the organization’s 10-year Delivering for America plan and is expected to contribute to the plan’s goal of $24 billion in net revenue growth by offering direct access to the Postal Service’s delivery network.
It will also help meet today’s e-commerce expectations. According to a recent report, 87 percent of consumers say the shipping experience directly impacts their decision to shop with a merchant again. Another recent report found half of consumers (51 percent) have purchased more from local retailers over the past six months, and experts expect this trend to continue.
“We are excited that the USPS Connect Local pilot is coming first to Dallas. It is another opportunity for us to help small businesses in our local community grow and succeed,” said Dallas Postmaster Yulonda Love.
How the USPS Connect Local pilot works:
Three offices in the Dallas area were chosen for the initial USPS Connect Local pilot launch:
The Postal Service is the only carrier that serves every address in every community in the country six, and often seven days a week.
The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.