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2019 USPS Postage Price Change: What it Means For Our Customers

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The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) recently approved the proposed U.S. Postal Service price changes for 2019, with the new pricing becoming effective as of Jan. 27, 2019.

This means that e-commerce businesses that ship via USPS – such as Alpha Concealment Systems – will see price increases for numerous package types and weights. On average, Commercial Base Pricing will rise by 3.2 percent.

Here is a breakdown of the USPS price changes for Priority Flat-Rate Mail:

UPS and FedEx have already implemented price hikes for 2019, with pricing increasing by 4.9 percent for both carriers. Services provided by both carriers also increased by the same percentage in 2018.

In late 2017, UPS also announced new surcharges – up to $.97 - to be added to any residential shipments sent during the peak seasons surrounding Black Friday and Christmas. These surcharges are to be paid on top of the increased pricing. Those surcharges have seen an increase for 2019 as well. 

Comparing Shipping Carriers

In our case, the USPS is still the best value for shipping lighter-weight packages - these USPS parcel options are cheaper than UPS or FedEx, even with the 2019 price increase. 

In some rare instances, large, heavy parcels may not be the cheapest via USPS depending on the shipping location, but since we offer a flat-rate shipping fee on all orders, e-commerce customers whose orders fall into this category are not affected.

USPS Priority Mail also still provides the fastest delivery speeds – one to three days, depending on location – whereas other carriers can take up to five days.

And unlike other shipping carriers, the postal service does not add surcharges for insurance (up to $50 is included in Priority Mail pricing), fuel, residential delivery or Saturday or holiday season delivery.

What does this mean for Alpha Concealment Systems’ customers?

Effective Jan. 27, 2019, our flat-rate shipping fee will increase to $9. This marks a $1 increase year over year. This fee covers all shipping and handling costs.

Packages will maintain the same delivery speeds – one to three days, depending on location – and upgrades to Overnight Express mail will continue to be available at an additional cost to customers who need faster delivery. 

Packages will also continue to include tracking and insurance. 

Customers who wish to add a sign-on-delivery notice to their package can still do so, at an additional price.

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