It’s all about the box – USPS steals show at CES

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More than 170,000 attendees from across the globe descended on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

An engaging display helped the Postal Service stand out among the more than 3,600 vendors occupying nearly 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space. The booth boasted large video displays as well as a 20–foot interactive game and a photo booth that allowed attendees to send short videos of themselves through a QR-code link on a postcard.

While drones, driverless cars and home automation products scored with attendees, a stealth USPS debut product won over its own legion of fans.  The new Precious Cargo Box pulled in attendees to the USPS booth by the thousands.

The box is designed with foam inserts placed to securely hold electronics without adding packing peanuts or air cushioning. USPS Business Alliances Specialist Dana Foster was one of the Sales staff that spoke to attendees about USPS products and services.

“Our booth has drawn incredible interest,” he said. “But the biggest magnet has been the Precious Cargo Box. They see how the box can help their business.”

He often had as many as four people waiting in line to talk to him about the box.

“People are actually excited about the Cargo Box,” said Business Alliances Specialist Brenda Jackson. “It’s been a showstopper.”

“It was super fun and totally unexpected,” CES Attendee Stephanie Patrick said. “I got to learn about new packaging techniques and my company will definitely start using them to ship our computer and gaming gear.”

The box is currently available in three sizes at the USPS Store. The small box, designed for smartphones, costs $6.99. The medium box, designed for tablets, costs $12.99 and the large box, designed for laptops, costs $15.99. Each requires the appropriate USPS Flat-rate shipping postage in addition to the cost of the box.

The Postal Service presence also gave CES attendees a special glimpse into the future of the mailing and shipping industry, including the Most Wonderful Ornament, Smart Mailboxes, Smart Blue Box and the Seamless Shipping Kiosk.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards, letters and packages no later than the dates listed here.

Deadlines for holiday domestic mail delivery:

  • Dec. 15 Standard Post
  • Ground service for less than urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
  • Dec. 19 First-Class Mail
  • Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
  • Dec. 21 Priority Mail
  • Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent – variety of Flat Rate options.
  • Dec. 23 Priority Mail Express
  • Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.

Priority Mail Popular at Sturgis Rally

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

During the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last week in Sturgis, SD, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country gathered to share their passions with like-minded individuals.

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To celebrate the special occasion, the Postal Service had a unique Priority Mail box designed for those who wanted to take home mementos of their visit, but didn’t have the space in their vehicles to accommodate them. Event attendees packaged their keepsakes in the unique boxes and sent them to their home addresses, knowing that the items will be waiting for them when they return home.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

Presents for the Troops

Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia helps  a member of St. John’s Catholic Church load Priority Mail packages onto a GPMC.

Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia helps a member of St. John’s Catholic Church load Priority Mail packages onto a mail container.

As an Operation Desert Storm veteran, Laughlin, NV, Retail Associate Al Sarabia appreciates the efforts of others in sending care packages to the troops overseas. When volunteers from the St. John’s Catholic Church wanted to send 300 packages to service members on deployment, Sarabia was eager to help.

Sarabia worked with volunteers of the church to offload three loads of Priority Mail from their trailer and load them into GPMCs. Retail Associate Clayton McVicker, along with support from the small business customer hotline, taught the church how to prepare the needed postage online, so their mailings were ready to be scanned and entered into the network after drop off.

Celebrate Winter with Special Priority Mail Packaging

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A variety of winter-infused Priority Mail boxes has arrived just in time for the holidays.

Available now for a limited time, four new holiday designs will adorn small, large, and two medium-sized Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes. The special artwork provides an appealing way to spread winter cheer to lucky recipients of package contents.

The new designs can be yours by visiting usps.com or your local Post Office.

Priority Mail Delivery Map

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Postal Service customers have more Priority Mail visibility than ever before with the Priority Mail Delivery Map.

By typing in an origin ZIP Code, an individual can visually identify the estimated length of time it will take to send a Priority Mail package to a destination.

To access the delivery map online, go to: https://www.usps.com/priority-mail/map/.

On the Road Again

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Recently, an HCR truck that services the Casa Grande, AZ, Post Office broke down before it had a chance to pick up pre-close items, including Priority Mail Express. Facing the possibility of late delivery, Casa Grande Postmaster Ross Pfaff Jr. grabbed the Priority Mail Express at his office and fired up his motorcycle.

Pfaff drove to Maricopa, collected that station’s Priority Mail Express, and made an MVS connection at Chandler for the collected items.

“I had to strap the box to my seat and loaded my trunk with the rest of it, but we made the connection and none of the Express was late or refunded that day,” said Pfaff.

Time is Running Out for Spider-Man Supplies

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Time is running out to pick up your Spider-Man First-Class Forever stamps and Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes.

Promotion of this popular icon, which began April 1, will come to an end on May 31. Fans of the iconic hero can still pick up postage stamps with his likeness emblazoned boldly across them at USPS Self-Service Kiosks. While visiting the local Post Office, be sure to pick up free Priority Mail packaging with Spider-Man’s image for your mailing needs. To find a USPS kiosk near you, click here.

To order a Spider-Man-themed Priority Mail Flat Rate box, click on one or more of the items below:

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Flat Rate Box Variety Pack

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 1

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 2

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Amazing Spider-Man

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Want an amazing shipping experience? The Postal Service has teamed up with a famous web-crawler for a truly unique encounter.

Available for a limited time, Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging material is available from the Postal Service featuring the image of the Amazing Spider-Man. The powerful pairing of Spider-Man with Priority Mail makes for unbeatable shipping value and reliability. Click on the links below to order your Priority Mail packaging material today.

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Flat Rate Box Variety Pack

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 1

–        Spider-Man Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box – 2

Vigilant Employee Saves Family Trip

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Customer Service Supervisor Rochelle Peralta offers an exemplary level of customer service.

Tigard, OR, Customer Service Supervisor Rochelle Peralta recently received a personal letter of thanks from Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe for superior customer service. The text of the letter is as follows:

“Dear Ms. Peralta,
I want you to know how much I personally appreciate the service you provided your customer, Ms. Andrea Shafer.

Ms. Shafer’s complimentary letter truly reveals you make a difference in the way our customers view the Postal Service by providing the best service and value possible. Actions like yours have led to record customer satisfaction scores and will help us maintain our commitment to quality customer service.

Thank you for representing the United States Postal Service as a true professional and for providing our customers with a positive, meaningful experience!

 

Sincerely,

Patrick R. Donahoe”

The story behind the letter began with a piece of Priority Mail sent from Las Vegas, NV, to Tigard, OR, on Dec. 16 with an estimated delivery date of Dec. 18. When the delivery date was missed, the customer called the USPS Help Line and was given the phone number for the Tigard Post Office. Peralta answered the call and was both helpful and sympathetic.

The Priority Mail piece arrived at the Tigard office on Sunday, Dec. 21, and Peralta immediately notified the customer and arranged for her sister to pick up the package that day. The item arrived just in the nick of time as it contained tickets to Disneyland and the recipients were flying out that day to the Magic Kingdom.

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