From Desktop to Doorstep — Tips to Make Your Holidays Easier

Whether customers choose to manage their holiday shipping and mailing from one of our Approved Postal Pro­vider locations, self-service kiosks, a smart phone, online at, or at a Post Office, our goal is to make doing business with us easier and more convenient.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes Take the guesswork out of shipping with Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes. “If it fits, it ships” it’s as simple as that. Whatever fits in the box or envelope ships for one low price anywhere in the United States. No weighing or calculating is needed if what you’re sending weighs less than 70 pounds. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes and envelopes are fast and affordable. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes can be picked up at any Post Office or can be delivered right to your door and are always free to order online from Go to

Other features:

n Delivery within 2 days in most cases.

n Free Package Pickup.

n Free Delivery Confirmation™ service when you ship online.

n Saturday delivery and residential delivery at no extra cost.

n The only 2-day service that delivers to mailboxes, mail slots, and PO Boxes™.

Free Package Pickup — No time for the Post Office? Schedule a free Package Pickup™ online at or by phone at 800-ASK-USPS, and we’ll come get your ship­ment during regular delivery. To schedule one or multiple pickups, sign in to your account. The Postal Service will pick up packages from homes and offices across the country. The service is free, regardless of the number of packages being sent. A letter carrier will pick up the packages during regular mail delivery. It is so easy to schedule — just go to!input.action

Click-N-Ship® Skip the trip to the Post Office by printing mailing labels with postage right from the conve­nience of your home or office. Click-N-Ship makes your online shipping experience faster and easier. Print labels quickly and get your shipments on their way. Customers get a discount on postage for domestic packages: Express Mail 5 percent savings; Priority Mail up to 14 percent savings; simply visit

Click-N-Ship’s streamlined features:

n Has a clean, open display, eliminating clutter for a simple transaction.

n Has a new progress bar, so you’ll always know where you are in the shipping process.

n Allows you to pay via credit card or PayPal for added convenience.

n Allows you to create Flat Rate labels faster:

n Flat Rate shipping is a breeze with our built-in fast path to checkout.

n Choose the Priority Mail Flat Rate Box or Enve­lope you’re using, add your destination address, pay, and print.

n No measuring and no weighing are needed (up to 70 lbs.).

Save Time with “Ship Again.” If you send recurring ship­ments with the same weight, service, and delivery address, you’ll be able to create the same label quickly without re-entering information. Just choose a label from your “Ship­ping History” and select “Ship Again” from the Actions menu. The label is added to your cart for checkout with the new shipping date. All things holiday can be found at our award-winning website, Shop, Ship and Mail. This one-stop “holiday solutions center,” which was recently enhanced, allows customers to navigate and purchase products and services with more ease than ever before. At, customers can manage their mail online, place their mail on hold if they will be traveling during the holi­days, or sign up for Premium Forwarding Service® if they will be packing up for the whole season. Visit for more information.

One of the most frequently visited federal websites, receives more than 1 million visits each day throughout the year and more than 1.2 million visits each day during the holidays. The five most popular areas (in order of popularity) on the site are the following:

1. Quick Tools.

2. Search.

3. Customer Service.

4. “Ship A Package” landing page accessed from the homepage navigation (

5. “Managing Your Mail” landing page accessed from the homepage navigation (

Go to for information about ZIP Codes™, post­age rates, mailing requirements, Post Office hours, locations, and more

The Postal Store® The Postal Store is an online retail Post Office that allows customers to shop for stamps, sta­tionery, philatelic collectibles, and gift items; order free shipping supplies; customize postage; print mailing labels; and personalize envelopes, design cards, and letters with­out leaving their computer. A few of the popular products and services available on the website include:

n Stamps, personalized envelopes, and coil holders.

n Free shipping supplies such as Priority Mail boxes and envelopes.

n ReadyPost® boxes, bubble wrap, and tape.

n Philatelic products, including stamp yearbooks, first- day covers, and ceremony programs.

n U.S Postal Service branded products, including this year’s Letters to Santa product line.

To visit The Postal Store, go to and at the top of the page, click Shop.

Self-Service Kiosks Skip the line to save time this year. Self-service kiosks allow customers to manage ship­ping and mailing needs on their own. Using self-service kiosks, customers can buy postage and mail packages on their own time. Many of the 2,492 automated machines are available to use 24/7. New kiosks offer a print-on-demand feature where customers can purchase as many as 100 postage stamps instead of sheets of 18.

Expanded Access Our retail partners are open all around town. Customers can use to find Approved Postal Provider locations where they can purchase stamps, mail letters, and ship packages close to home or work at times that are convenient for them. If you don’t have access to a computer, the USPS® smartphone app provides another way to access important services like package tracking, finding a Post Office, and calculating postage prices. Use the app when you are out shopping to locate the more than 1,000 Office Depot stores across the country that offer Postal Service shipping and mailing ser­vices. You can also find one of the 63,000 banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, ATMs, and retail stores that offer Postal Service products and services.

Stamps In addition to buying stamps at the Post Office, you can get your stamps this holiday season by ordering them from The Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24, or by purchasing them at more than 63,000 convenient alternate locations including:

n 7,450 Walgreens locations.

n 3,830 Wal-Mart locations.

n 1,632 Staples locations.

n 1,200 Office Depot locations.

n 847 Safeway locations.

n 609 Sam’s Club locations.

n 426 Costco locations.