USPS Priority Mail Packaging

USPS Free Expedited Packaging Supplies Under Fire from OIG

Do you use free USPS shipping supplies such as Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes and envelopes? If so, you may want to add your voice to how vital this program is to your business.

The United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General is reviewing the feasibility of this program. It could potentially curb or eliminate free packaging supplies if its report finds that this could save the postal service money.

In seeking public comment on this issue, the OIG acknowledges the postal service believes the program helps generate business, and the costs are covered in the shipping rates it charges.

“The Postal Service claims the Expedited Packaging Supplies Program generates new revenue, grows business, increases volume for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail, and improves customer retention and loyalty.

Also, according to USPS, costs for providing free packaging supplies are included in the current rate structure of the corresponding mail products (e.g., Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail).”


USPS Office of the Inspector General Mission

The mission of the OIG is to conduct and supervise objective and independent audits and reviews of Postal Service programs and operations to:

  • Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and misconduct;
  • Promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness;
  • Promote program integrity, and
  • Keep the Board of Governors, Congress, and Postal Service management informed of problems, deficiencies, and corresponding corrective actions.

The OIG estimates the report on the Expedited Packaging Supplies Program Costs will be released in March 2020.

Sellers who use the free shipping products from USPS can provide their input on the USPS Expedited Packaging Supplies program by following this link.

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  1. Rachel Olson says:

    When we started our business 3 years ago the flat rate shipping supplies saved us time and money. With the options of ordering large amounts of the flat rate boxes and envelopes to be delivered to the our business made shipping our goods so much easier and we were able to give affordable pricing to our customers that we were shipping to.

  2. I use yaps because if the free supplies. Without the free supplies I will need to use fedex.

  3. David Pugsley says:

    The predictability of cost and speed of service has garnered many favorable reviews and feedback comments from our eBay customers. This convenience of Expedited Packaging Supplies Program continues to make our business very successful in a uniform way. Included is the confidence that shipping via USPS will be efficient and speedy for both national and international deliveries. It is simply a program and product that works, and that well.

  4. K Sullivan says:

    I think the free mailing supplies helps the Postal Service with revenues. I use the large flat rate boxes all the time. One big reason is because the boxes are free to use. I also want to support the Postal Service. If I had to pay for the shipping materials I may just move on over to UPS because I can use any box, like the ones from the grocery store.

  5. Ease of use and visibility and neat appearance good advertising for post office sturdy boxes and uniformity saves post office money draws customers win win dah

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