USPS® Praises the Soul of Halloween with new Jack-o’- Lamps Stamps Halloween: falling leaves in fresh fall air, kids in ensembles shouting “trap or treat”, jack-o’- lights, dark felines, scarecrows and Halloween stamps on the letters in your mailbox.Wait… What?This fall, the U.S. Postal Service® will commend a first – stamps devoted to observing Halloween. The jack-o’- lamps stamps issued on Sept. 29th give the American open an approach to send occasion messages with Halloween-adorned postage. You won’t not understand it, but rather as per the welcome card industry, Halloween is the 6th most well known card-sending occasion in the Assembled States.These unique stamps include photos of four cut jack-o’- lamps indicating brightly unpleasant faces on a dark background.Halloween TraditionsCarving lights out of turnips amid reap celebrations was basic among the general population of Ireland and England and got to be distinctly known as “Jack’s Light”. The custom of cutting renditions of Jack’s lamp was conveyed to the Assembled States by migrants from Scotland and Ireland, where they found that the pumpkin was far unrivaled for cutting than turnips and potatoes.Today, Halloween has turned out to be a standout amongst the most prevalent occasions in America. Numerous kids appreciate sprucing up in ensembles and “trap or-treating” way to entryway, searching for confection and different treats. Grown-ups as often as possible take an interest in outfit parties and different festivals, taking on the appearance of characters from mainstream culture or history.Jack-o’- Lights Everlastingly Stamps can be obtained at Post Offices™ or at the Postal Store®.First Day of Issue Unique Cancelations
Clients may arrange First Day cover things from the Gatherer’s Zone® (or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24) and can likewise get an extraordinary first-day-of-issue (FDOI) stamps for their Halloween stamps and cards via mail for 60 days (until November 29).For an uncommon a FDOI stamp, append their preferred stamps to cards and envelopes, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a bigger envelope tended to to:Jack-O’- Lights StampsStamp Satisfaction Administrations Cancelation Services8300 NE Underground Drive, Column 210Kansas City, MO 64144-9998.The stamped envelopes will be returned through the mail. There is no energize for the stamp to an amount of 50 after which there is a 5-penny per each extra stamp. All requests must be stamped by November 29, 2016.
In an earlier post, I discussed a pilot program that was taking place in 82 Staples locations testing the feasibility of offering postal products and services inside the office supply retailer. Based on the information learned from the test, both the Postal Service and Staples have agreed to end the pilot. Taking a slightly different direction, the 82 Staples pilot locations will be transitioned into the U.S. Postal Service’s long established Approved Shipper Program.Customers who currently use one of the 82 Staples locations for their mailing and shipping needs can continue to do so, just as they had done during the pilot. The transition into the Approved Shipper Program at these locations will have no effect on the product offerings or the convenience of being able to ship and mail on nights and weekends.
So what is the difference between what was piloted under the nomenclature “The Retail Partner Expansion Program” and an Approved Shipper location?There are many differences; however one key difference is the non-exclusivity of postal products.The Approved Shipper Program allows for the USPS® to compete in the marketplace. In most cases, the retailer is offering a number of shipping products to their customers. In addition, the Approved Shipper Program does not prohibit the retailer from charging a convenience fee. However, some Approved Shippers chose to sell at USPS Retail rates.The USPS® has a long history of partnerships like these; in fact the Approved Shipper Program has been in place since 2005. Staples is joining over 6,000 other Approved Shipper locations that can easily be found by visiting http://www.usps.com., and clicking on find USPS locations from the quick tools menu bar.Approved Shipper locations offer the most commonly requested USPS services, including domestic and international Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and First-Class shipping and mailing services. However some locations which are part of the broader Approved Postal Provider network may offer a smaller product mix, some offer just stamps so be sure to check our website before you go.The U.S Postal Service® has over 30,000 postal retail locations and 65,000 locations in our Approved Postal Provider network. Where ever you choose to mail and ship, we want to make it easier.Where is the last location you purchased stamps? Provide your answer in our comments section. 1. At a Post Office2. On USPS.com3. At an Approved Postal Provider location4. From a Self-Service Kiosk5. From a Bank ATM6. From a Grocery Store No matter the name of the program, the U.S. Postal Service continues our commitment to continually expand access to more of our products and services, at locations that make doing business with the Postal Service, Quick, Easy and Convenient.
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Eureka! USPS has done it again, for the 700th time.Recently USPS hit a milestone by opening the 700th Village Post Office (VPO) located in San Francisco District in Eureka, CA, inside Scrapper’s Edge The Copy Shop and Scrapbook Shop.Scrapper’s Edge, is the perfect place for residents and visitors to pickup stamps and mail letters, packages, memorable photos and postcards. Customers can also take care of their printing and business services while mailing and shipping at the new VPO.VPOs are usually located in established businesses giving them the added retail advantage of providing customers convenient access to the postal products and services used most often by consumers.Scraper’s Edge owner Sondra Kirtley joined Pacific Area Vice President Dean Granholm, San Francisco District Manager David Stowe and Eureka Postmaster Mary Hopkins, in cutting the grand-opening ribbon.The Scrapper’s Edge VPO will offer Forever stamps, prepaid packages and Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. Scrapper’s Edge is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.The Postal Service announced the VPO concept in July 2011 as a way to increase access to postal products and services in rural communities across the nation.To date, there are more than 700 VPOs open in the United States. The Scrapper’s Edge VPO is the first to be opened in Humboldt County.
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