Mailing packages no longer is the time consuming task of the past. With the development of the Internet, businesses and individuals are able to print postage from their own home or office. With a simple click of the mouse, you can have the packages picked up in your office or home. You no longer have to deal with traffic delays and time-consuming trips to the post office.
The United States Postal Service offers a unique service called Click-N-Ship®. Click-N-Ship® is easy to use and takes only minutes to set up. With Click-N-Ship®, you go to USPS homepage and click on the Click-N-Ship® link. You are required to download their printer interface system that allows you to print postage at home. The download app for delivery is free and only takes seconds.
Click-N-Ship® currently works with the following mailing options:
v Priority Mail (domestic)
v Priority Mail (global)
v Express Mail (domestic)
v Express Mail (global)
v Airmail Parcel Post
These options are slightly more expensive than ground mail or media mail. If you routinely send out boxes, consider using Priority Mail’s flat rate boxes. The post office supplies you with the mailing boxes that come in two sizes; each box easily holds up to 15 paperback books. Mailing a flat rate box currently costs $8.10, which really is not that much more than sending a heavy box with Media Mail. By using this service, you receive free package tracking on all mailings.
If Priority Mail or Express Mail are not suitable options, check into the United States Postal Service’s PC Postage®. PC Postage® is managed by a number of mailing firms-stamps.com, Endicia, or Pitney Bowes, Inc. You will need to enroll with one of these services to use the services.
Stamps.com is one of the more popular services. Their starter package, an $80 value, provides you with $25 in postage, a digital scale, and mailing supplies. The first month of service is free, after that, Stamps.com will charge you $15 a month to use their service.
Endicia offers a thirty-day free trial. The user pays for his or her own postage fees plus the monthly or annual membership to Endicia’s service. The standard plan costs $100 per year or $10 per month. The premium plan for businesses is $16 per month or $175 per year. Finally, Apple (Mac) users pay $16 a month or $175 per year.
Pitney Bowes offers the ShipStream Manager, a system used for mailing any package or envelope. Pitney Bowes offers a free sixty-day trial, after the trial ends the service costs $19 per month. They provide you with a free digital scale.
The good news with any of these services is that you print your postage on plain white paper. There is no reason to purchase fancy supplies or special printers. Users of the service can either print to blank paper that is then taped onto the package or buy large stickers, either works well.
The days of the bulky postage meter are outdated. Today’s computers allow users to print postage online efficiently. Then you can have the post office pick up packages right at your home or office. Imagine the time you will save by not having to run to the post office!