Looking for something to replace the dwindling contribution of first-class mail, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) re-launched Priority Mail with an emphasis on eCommerce fulfillment in August of 2013. Originally priority mail launched in 1968 and was marketed as a two-day delivery service. Unfortunately package deliveries sometimes arrived on day three and customers who needed precise arrival times soon avoided the USPS.
According to The History of the United States Postal Service, “For more than 231 years, the Postal Services has delivered on the promise that every person in the United States – no matter who, no matter where – has the right to equal access to secure, efficient and affordable mail service. The USPS has been improving it’s services since the 18th century. Then through mail distribution cases, the 19th century through; steamboats, trains and automobiles and in the 20th century through; planes, letter sorting machines and automation. Today, computerized equipment helps sort and distribute hundred of millions of pieces of mail each day.” 
In 2013 the Post Office re-launched Priority Mail with an emphasis toward online commerce. People shipping with Priority Mail can now choose between delivery times one, two or three days out. To achieve its goal of being a major player in eCommerce fulfillment, the USPS is now offering free shipment tracking, free packaging and insurance up to $100. What’s more important is that the USPS should experience a competitive edge over FedEx and UPS by not charging a minimum on a package. By taking advantage of other carriers pricing, the USPS can save shippers some serious money especially on packages under ten pounds. The USPS move to become the main shipper in eCommerce fulfillment is buoyed by its willingness to forgo fuel surcharges, residential fees or address correction fees as well.
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FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
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The history of the United States Postal Service (The history of the United States Postal Service) http://about.usps.com/publications/pub100/pub100_001.htm