Post Offices around the world have expanded their service offerings to better serve the needs of their customers. Items such as pre-paid phone cards, wedding insurance, and bank accounts are just a few of the many ways postal organizations are finding new ways of generating revenue in an increasingly digital world. Another new service offering by a particular Post Office might help whisk customers away to distant lands.
The United Kingdom’s Post Office has recently entered into a partnership with National Express to offer coach bus tickets to its customers. With more than 11,000 locations throughout the country, Post Office is hoping to increase both revenue and foot traffic in its offices with the addition of the new service.
Besides bus ticket services, the Post Office also offers other customer amenities such as credit card services, mortgage loans, insurance products, telephone and broadband services, and a foreign currency exchange. Diversification into these and other services has had a positive effect to Post Office’s revenue stream.
In fiscal year 2013, Post Office earned nearly $2 billion in revenue, up from $1.88 billion the previous year. While the organization realized a net income of $30.8 million in 2013, the gain is made possible by a government grant of more than $340 million to maintain the postal network. The Post Office also received a government grant of more than $158 million towards transformation programs.
In addition to venturing into other services, do you think USPS should receive a government grant to help offset its expenses?
Posted by bennyblogger on December 9, 2013
Photo by Juillene Hewitt
Hello all, Benny here.
I recently received the photo above from Juillene Hewitt of Masonville, CO. I’ve found myself hanging out at the Post Office chatting with friends before, but I don’t believe I’ve quite seen the same from our bovine friends.
Since these fine patrons don’t have a voice of their own, could you help give them one? E-mail me at email@example.com or comment below with a caption of why you think these fine creatures are visiting the local Post Office. I’ll share the submissions with our human friends in a future blog post.
I look forward to reading your creativity!
Until next time,
Posted by bennyblogger on December 6, 2013
Costs are going up with each passing year on everything from automobiles, to soda, to insurance rates. With budgets constantly getting squeezed, disposable income is becoming harder to hold on to. When it comes to shipping items to friends, loved ones, and business associates, there is one solution that can help stretch a dollar a little further.
Shipping costs at USPS are already among the most competitive in the package industry. Pound for pound, there’s no greater value in mailing solutions than what’s offered at the Postal Service. As an incentive to help USPS reduce its costs of delivery and make its services even more competitive, customers can receive a discount on shipping costs if postage is purchased online.
Customer who log on to USPS.com can take advantage of some of the most attractive shipping options in the business at reduced prices. Here’s is just a sample of the discounts customers can look forward to when making their postage purchases online:
|Priority Mail small flat-rate box
|Priority Mail large flat-rate box
|Priority Mail Express flat-rate envelope
Discounted online rates are among the many ways someone can save money with USPS. Besides saving money, customers can also save time by ordering free Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express packaging supplies delivered directly to a home or business address. Be sure to schedule free package pickup when those items are ready to go to spend more free time enjoying other activities.
Stop by USPS.com the next time you need to send a special item and see how you can step up your shipping experience.
Posted by bennyblogger on December 5, 2013
During the holidays, many promotional campaigns for a large volume of products are laced throughout television, newspaper, and Internet advertising. The clarity of finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones becomes cloudy as uncertainty from the sheer volume of available gift ideas works its way into the selection process. One popular gift idea has found more traction as the years move forward, and now for a limited time, that gift idea is more affordable than ever.
Gift cards have been around for many years as an alternative to purchasing a potentially unwanted gift during special occasions. Individual gift cards are popular for people who enjoy a specific restaurant or retail outlet, but what about cards that can be used at many different stores? That’s the idea behind the sale of American Express gift cards at the Postal Service.
American Express gift cards are accepted at any store that takes American Express cards and can be used to purchase anything available for sale at that location. While these cards usually come with an activation fee, the Postal Service is waiving all such fees for a limited time.
From November 29 through December 12, American Express gift cards can be purchased at 5,000 USPS retail locations for the face value of the card. The usual $3.95, $4.95, and $5.95 activation fees for $25, $50, and $100 gift cards will resume on December 13, however, so be sure pick one or more up soon.
Posted by bennyblogger on December 4, 2013
When your child sends a letter to Santa, would you like to send back an “official” looking reply? You can do just that with a postmark from North Pole, AK.
Place your special message inside an envelope addressed to your child, affix the correct amount of postage, add “Santa, North Pole” as the return address, then place the envelope inside a larger envelope and mail it to the address above. The postmark also works well with cards and letters sent to other family members and friends too.
All cards and letters must be received in Anchorage, AK, by Dec. 10, so mail them soon.
Posted by bennyblogger on December 3, 2013
Are you worn out from all the holiday shopping this past weekend? Would you like to send those holiday packages to friends and family without leaving home?
The Postal Service has free Priority Mail packaging and free package pickup to ease the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Simply go to USPS.com, order free Priority Mail packaging supplies delivered directly to your home, print shipping labels from your computer, and schedule a friendly carrier to pick up those special items.
Sending gifts to friends and loved ones for the holidays has never been easier thanks to Priority Mail from the Postal Service. Be sure to drop by USPS.com and see what other delightful goodies are awaiting your discovery!
Posted by bennyblogger on December 2, 2013
Are you on the hunt for great black Friday markdowns today? Be sure to add USPS.com to your list for great online shipping discounts. While there, you’ll not only enjoy reduces prices on shipping, you can also print package labels and schedule free package pickup from the comfort of your own home.
So after the day is done and you’re finished checking out the great deals this busy day, head over to USPS.com when you’re ready to send those special items to friends and family. You’ll not only enjoy the festive designs of a streamlined website, the extra money you’ll save on shipping will be enough to put a little extra jingle in your pockets this holiday season.
Posted by bennyblogger on November 29, 2013
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Posted by bennyblogger on November 27, 2013
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting locally owned small businesses nationwide. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and helps give small businesses across the country a huge boost.
Make Small Business Saturday the biggest day of the year for small business.
Anyone and everyone can be part of the celebration. Here are a few ways you can help make this year’s Small Business Saturday the biggest shopping day of the year for businesses in your neighborhood:
Are you a small business owner?
- Create your free personalized marketing campaign to help attract customers at ShopSmall.com
- Get on the Small Business Saturday map, so American Express Card members can find you. (For qualifying American Express Card accepting small merchants only.)
- Watch videos and see how other small business owners drove results during last year’s big day.
Want to support small businesses in your local neighborhood?
- Visit ShopSmall.com to find new businesses to support in your neighborhood.
- Sign up for e-mails and stay in the loop about Small business Saturday.
- Tell everyone where you plan to Shop Small on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks.
- Make sure to get out and Shop Small on the big day.
Want to become a Neighborhood Champion?
- Help build enthusiasm and drive local support for Small business Saturday.
- Sign up for e-mails filled with tips and inspiration.
- Join a neighborhood circle where you can connect with local small business owners and Neighborhood Champions online so you can share ideas, get inspired, and prepare for the big day together.
Join the movement at shopsmall.com.
Posted by bennyblogger on November 26, 2013