Save on USPS® shipping costs with Pitney Bowes
How Pitney Bowes helps you mail and ship smarter
USPS shipping services
Fast 1-3 day delivery with three rate services (weight-based, cubic, and flat rate) to maximize your savings. Tracking is included, with no surcharges for fuel or Saturday delivery.
- Size-based Cubic pricing: Only available with shipping software like PitneyShip that is the best way to ship small (up to 0.5 cubic feet or about the size of shoe box) heavy packages (up to 20lbs).
- Weight-based pricing: Weight-based pricing offers rates for your own packaging from 1 to 70lbs. Prices are based on weight and destination zone.
- Flat Rate: If you can fit something into a Flat Rate-branded box, there’s just one price to pay, no matter how much it weighs or where it’s going. It’s not always the cheapest price.
Priority Mail Express®
Ship parcels fast with next-day delivery, or with a 2-day guarantee by 6 p.m. Sunday and holiday delivery available in many markets.
With 1-5-day service, it’s the most affordable way to send envelopes and lightweight packages, including the First-Class Mail Forever® stamps for one-ounce pieces.
First-Class Package Service®
For packages that weigh less than 16 ounces, this budget-friendly option provides domestic delivery within 2-5 days.
USPS Retail Ground®
When speed is not essential, this option provides 2-5-day delivery for oversized packages that are too large for Priority Mail® or Priority Mail Express® delivery.
A low-cost service for sending media and educational materials, such as books, printed music, recordings, and manuscripts, in 2-8 business days.
Global Express Guaranteed®
Send packages internationally in 1-3 business days, with next-day service in much of Canada. Date-certain delivery includes money-back guarantee in about 180 countries.
Priority Mail Express International®
Parcels reach their destination in 3-5 business days. Options include Flat-Rate envelopes for sending packages that weigh up to 4 pounds.
Priority Mail International®
When delivery is not urgent, this money-saving option will get packages to their destination in 6-10 business days. Service includes insurance in most cases.
First-Class Package International®
An economical option for lightweight parcels up to 4 pounds. Includes electronic delivery confirmation when you ship online to certain countries.
First-Class Mail International®
Most affordable way to send postcards, letters, and large envelopes (under one pound). Send postcards and letters up to 1 ounce for just $1.40 with the Global Forever® stamp.
Air Mail M-Bags®
Ideal for large amounts of printed material (i.e., newspapers, magazines, books). Send up to 66 pounds in one M-Bag. The minimum charge is 11 pounds.
With a history that pre-dates the United States, the USPS traces its roots to 1775 when Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General. Since then, the USPS has proven to be a vital cog in the way Americans connect. Landmark moments in USPS history include the introduction of the Pony Express in 1860, free rural delivery in 1896, airmail service in 1918, the start of Express Mail® in 1970, and Priority Mail Flat-Rate® boxes in 2004.
Today, the USPS employs more than 500,000 people, and the USPS shipping program delivers mail and packages to every address in the country – covering roughly 163 million homes, businesses, and PO boxes. The service handles nearly 129 billion mail pieces a year.
What is the relationship between Pitney Bowes and USPS?
When you handle your USPS shipping with Pitney Bowes shipping software, you get access to shipping and mailing rates that help you save on retail charges at the post office. Your Pitney Bowes account also connects you to USPS Cubic pricing, a cost-effective means to send small packages that weigh up to 20 pounds.
Where can I print USPS labels?
Got access to the internet with a computer and a printer? Then you can print your own pre-paid USPS shipping labels at your home or office. If you count on a broader range of USPS services, such as First-Class Mail® and Certified Mail® along with your Priority Mail options, go with PitneyShip® software. Your PitneyShip® account also allows you to print from your phone with the PitneyShip® mobile app.
How do I schedule a pickup for USPS?
You can schedule a USPS pickup within PitneyShip® and PitneyShip® Pro software. Just follow the steps for arranging prepaid postage and pickup confirmation.
How does USPS calculate shipping cost?
The USPS provides a range of pricing options, from weight-based fees to dimension-based pricing to a straight-forward flat rate. Weight-based pricing is determined by both package weight and distance to the destination. Dimension, or Cubic, pricing is set by a combination of package size and distance. Priority Mail Flat Rate® prices are pre-set, so you all you need to do is get your item to fit in the box of your choice.
What is the USPS Connect™ eCommerce program?
Working with shipping platforms like PitneyShip® and PitneyShip® Pro, the USPS Connect™ eCommerce program expands discount shipping opportunities for merchants and online sellers. Benefits include no minimum volume commitments, easy package return options, free Saturday delivery, waiver of fuel surcharges, no extra charges in the case of address correction, forwarded shipments, or returns of undeliverable items for certain products.
What is a preferred postage rate?
A preferred rate is provided to high-volume mailers and serves as “bulk discount postage." Paying less for each letter sent, can save your business significant money over time. Preferred rates are ideal for businesses who ship large quantities of mail through the USPS. You can also get discounted postage for Priority Mail.