With the holidays on the horizon, the United States Postal Service is encouraging sellers to try its Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes.
USPS is providing free shipping kits, featuring a set of four Regional Rate boxes and informational tips about mailing orders. Customers can get these by going to the USPS Web site and answering a short survey. They can also fill out this survey via mail if they receive it there, USPS notes.
Regional Rate boxes, which were introduced in January, provide a cheaper alternative for Priority Mail customers who are shipping items to areas on their side of the country. Rates are based on shipping zones, and range from $4.95 for a side-loading box that can hold up to 15 pounds to $14.62 for a top-loading box that can hold up to 20 pounds.
Regional boxes come in four sizes and are only available online to Priority Mail Commercial Base and Priority Mail Commercial Plus customers, USPS notes.
Sellers can also ask to receive kits featuring free regular Priority Mail boxes by going to the USPS site, the company notes. Kits take seven to 10 business days to arrive. For more information, visit the USPS Web site.
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