How Do I Know If I Need a USPS® shipping label?

Afraid you might be overspending on shipping? Unsure if what you’re sending qualifies for a USPS® shipping label? Here are some helpful FAQs and a guide to help you determine if what you’re sending qualifies and what packaging you should use.

Use a shipping label to access Commercial Base Pricing and get detailed delivery history for Priority Mail® and other USPS® package services. Pitney Bowes makes it easy to access these discounts with SendPro® Online/PitneyShip™. Below are the popular classes where you can save just by printing a USPS shipping label.

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USPS First Class Package®

 

If your package is 15.9 ounces or less, this is the most affordable shipping service for packages weighing under 1 pound. With low shipping rates based on the distance, you’re shipping the exact weight in ounces.

  • Most affordable for packages less than 1 pound
  • Delivery in 2- 5 business days
  • Full tracking included
  • Save up to 68% by printing a shipping label with SendPro Online/PitneyShip

USPS Priority Mail®

 

Priority Mail services also include Weight-Based, Regional Rate and Flat Rate.

  • Delivery in 1-3 business days
  • Full tracking included
  • $100 insurance included
  • Save up to 89%* by printing a shipping label with SendPro Online/PitneyShip

 

 

USPS Priority Mail Cubic®

 

This dimension-rated service provides discounts on shipping for small packages (around the size of a shoebox), that weight up to 20 pounds.

  • Best deal for heavier small packages
  • Delivery in 1-3 business days
  • Full tracking included
  • $100 insurance included
  • Save up to 89%* by printing a shipping label with SendPro Online/PitneyShip

USPS Priority Mail Express®

 

This is the fastest services USPS offers, with overnight delivery available in urban areas, and 2-day delivery available in rural areas.

  • Fastest USPS service available
  • Delivery in 2 days or less, with money-back guarantee
  • Full tracking included
  • $100 insurance included
  • Save up to 16% by printing a shipping label with SendPro Online/PitneyShip

If you‘re still printing postage for Priority Mail using a meter tape, then you’re leaving money on the table.

Print a shipping label as shown below to receive discounts with Commercial Base Pricing.
Retail

Retail (Meter tape)

By printing a meter tape or taking your package directly to the post office, you are not eligible for discounts.

Commercial

Commercial (Shipping label)

Automatically qualify to save up to 89%* with Commercial Base Pricing when you print shipping labels using SendPro Online/PitneyShip.

Use a shipping label to get the best pricing and detailed delivery history for Priority Mail® and other USPS package services. Almost anything you send over 13 ounces qualifies. Shipping labels provide virtually the same benefits and packaging options as using labels for carriers like UPS® and FedEx®, along with a similar process.

Get access to USPS rate discounts, which can help you save. (Discounts may vary based on choice of packaging, weight and ZIP Code™.) Finally, just like with UPS or FedEx, a shipping label helps ensure that the addresses and rates you pay for your chosen services are accurate. This eliminates guesswork that can cost you extra money or delay a delivery.

Almost anything you send over 13 ounces qualifies you to use a shipping label and receive Commercial Base Pricing. This includes: thick envelopes, poly mailers, USPS flat rate envelopes or boxes, USPS non flat rate envelopes or boxes, non-USPS boxes and tubes.

Visit sending.us.pitneybowes.com to sign in to your account from your computer. From there you can access support files and other information to help you make the most of your online shipping account.

*Savings based on Priority Mail Cubic pricing for up to .1 cubic ft package weighing 20lb sent to Zone 9. vs Priority Mail Retail