Thursday, February 7, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery in August. How will this affect you?
Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1. The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices in Swissvale and Wilkinsburg will remain open for business Saturdays. According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Better buy your Forever Stamps now because the U.S. Postal Service has announced that prices will increase to 46 cents on Jan. 27.
The cost to mail a letter will rise slightly later this month when postal rate changes go into effect, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters, effective Jan. 27. The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, according to an announcement from the postal service. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Letters under one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10, the announcement states. Those looking to save a few cents could stock up on the postal service's Forever stamps (costing 45 cents until the one-cent increase on Jan. 27), which are …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Your good little boys and girls will receive a letter postmarked from the North Pole.
Dutiful little boys and girls writing a wish list to Santa this holiday season can get a unique response from the big guy himself, postmarked from the North Pole. All it takes is a little help from the post office—and you. The US Postal Service is once again keeping the magic of Santa Claus alive through its “Letter from Santa” program. Now in its 100th year, here's how the program works: NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER 4141 POSTMARK DR ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998 Letters from Santa must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest. The personalized letters that parents send to their children via the Letter from Santa program is not to be confused with the …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Snail mail will get a little more expensive in January 2012.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Beginning early next year, it will cost a penny more to mail letters in the United States. The U.S. Post Office announced the new 45-cent price for stamps will go into effect on Jan. 22, 2012. It's the first price change for first-class mail stamps in more than two and a half years. Among other changes: Prices also will change for other mailing services, including standard mail, periodicals, package services and extra services. Prices for express mail and priority mail are not affected. Click here for more information on the new pricing. “The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “We continue to take actions within our control to …