USPS officially announced it has discontinued another Priority Mail flat rate box (mailer) this month. This time, the Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Board Game Box (SKU: GBFRB) has been officially retired with no replacement.
The mailer was originally introduced in 2010 as a convenience to the board game industry. USPS decided after a Return on Investment (ROI) analysis that it is “in the best interest of the Postal Service” to discontinue the production of the box.
USPS said the factors in the decision to retire this box included the “inability to run this product on package processing equipment, costs associated with manually processing this product, and reduced customer usage in recent years.”
The Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Board Game Box will continue to be available on the USPS-operated The Postal Store until supplies run out. The Postal Service expects inventory to be fully depleted by the end of January on its online portal.
Shippers that use this box can also check with their local USPS retail locations for any remaining stock. However, this was not a common item stocked by most locations.
Even after USPS runs out, the Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Board Game Box will continue to be eligible for flat rate pricing and shippers can continue using it until they run of the box.
Other USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Retirements
Just yesterday we posted that the USPS Priority Mail Prepaid Flat Rate Stamped Envelopes are discontinued and no longer available on The Postal Store.
That prepaid envelope mailer retirement seemed to coincide with price increases that went into effect on January 9. Using that mailer now requires shippers to add additional postage to that prepaid envelope to match today’s rate for mailer. Certainly, it doesn’t make sense to continue a prepaid mailer with the incorrect postage amount.
But unlike the game board box, the flat rate prepaid envelope mailer is being replaced with a version that includes a forever stamp. That makes the new prepaid envelopes future-proof as shippers won’t have to worry about adding postage the next time USPS raises its rates.
USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope Update
The USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Padded Envelope disappeared from The Postal Store a few days ago and there was a concern it may also have been discontinued. But the mailer returned today on The Postal Store under a new SKU: EP14PE_X.
We do not have any information on why the Postal Service changed the SKU or why it removed the mailer from its store temporarily. We can only assume it was due to a vendor change that required a new SKU.
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